Boone! There goes the Boone!

DMZ · February 18, 2008 at 9:39 am · Filed Under General baseball 

Ready or not
he strikes out a lot

From ESPN:

Boone, who turns 39 in April, hasn’t played in the majors since 2005, when he spent time with Seattle and Minnesota. He went to spring training with the New York Mets the next year but called it quits before playing an exhibition game.

“There’s something still in there,” Boone said Monday. “I look at it as I’ve got nothing to lose.”

Ahhhh, I remember when Boone had those good years. Man, that was fun.

Hickey at the PI has standard reactions.


70 Responses to “Boone! There goes the Boone!”

  1. Jeff Nye on February 19th, 2008 10:44 am

    Jokes/comments about Bavasi being bad at evaluating talent/making good trades: OK, whether unpopular with some people or not

    Inappropriate personal attacks, like saying he smells like tuna fish (for example, I’ve never smelled the guy): Not OK

    That’s the standard that comments will be moderated by, anyway.

  2. joser on February 19th, 2008 11:02 am

    In other “ancient (former) Mariner” news, is Jaimie Moyer — on track to start for the Phillies at age 45 — now the oldest player in baseball? Or is Julio Franco on somebody’s roster somewhere? (Or maybe Rickie has arisen once again somewhere zombies never quite go away, like Florida?)

  3. abender20 on February 19th, 2008 11:25 am

    Fracno is a free agent right now… Who knows, maybe Jamie pitches until he’s seventy.

    To paraphrase Scott Hatteberg in Moneyball, as long as he can keep his changeup well away from his fastball, that alternate universe he creates will be good enough to fool hitters. Absolute speed isn’t a necessity. Although I think a 60mph fastball backed by a 45 mph changeup would no longer fool hitters.

  4. msb on February 19th, 2008 11:51 am

    they are listing Moyer as the oldest current player in the various spring training “RJ tries to come back” and “Wow, Kenny Rogers is old” articles ….

  5. msb on February 19th, 2008 11:52 am

    they finally voted Neihaus into the HOF

  6. smb on February 19th, 2008 12:10 pm

    Yes, now time to retire. Eliminate Rizzs, Sims, Valle, et al. I want Buhner in the booth alone!

  7. Karen on February 19th, 2008 12:39 pm

    I’m still laughing about the Hendricks’ Brothers’ statistical report that compared Roger Clemens — in terms of longevity in the art of pitching in baseball — to Jamie Moyer, among others.

  8. bakomariner on February 19th, 2008 12:56 pm

    So we just signed Bubba Crosby…minor league deal…ST invite…

  9. Breadbaker on February 19th, 2008 12:57 pm

    I always loved the “Boonie Buzzcut Night” commercial, with Buhner egging him on to keep up the tradition. For those of us who were here during the Funny Nose Glasses Night crap, the idea that we had something with an actual tradition attached to it, homegrown not “throw it back because they do that at Wrigley Field and so what if you’re an 11 year old kid”, made me feel good about being an M’s fan.

    But seriously, Bret, if you need to spend a week or two in Florida, just buy a vacation package.

  10. DizzleChizzle on February 19th, 2008 1:09 pm

    I don’t understand some of these negative comments towards Boone? It’s not like he’s signed with Seattle again so it doesn’t affect this ballclub in any way. I enjoyed Boone’s time spent in a Mariners uniform and I thought it was really unfortunate the way he went out. I hope that he does well enough to make some sort of difference with the Nats whether it be an everyday position at 2b or just as a mentor figure to some of the younger players. Go get em’ Brett!

  11. Jeff Nye on February 19th, 2008 1:29 pm

    I’m not sure that pointing out that at 39 years old he has basically zero chance of being a productive major leaguer, when he was already done as a player once at 36, is “negative”.

  12. SpokaneMsFan on February 19th, 2008 1:57 pm

    So, like, am I the only one really tired of people bitching about the comments on this site? I for one use every available opportunity to make a joke about Bavasi’s ability as a GM, as it is slightly more tolerable if it gives me a laugh or two.

    But seriously all this USSM is too negative, why does everyone love Adam Jones, too many jokes about Bavasi, etc. crap is just getting freaking old. If you don’t like the content, don’t come to the darn site, or just read the posts and not the comments if you think the commentors are annoying. By the way great job authors/MODs, I love this place.

  13. Carson on February 19th, 2008 2:18 pm

    My apologies for opening this can of worms. I never told anyone that they shouldn’t/can’t make the jokes. I don’t have that authority. I just stated they are not creative, funny, or even close to a trade Bavasi would actually make (God, I hope not at least).

    Bill Bavasi is not an idiot. I don’t want him running the baseball team I dump my cash into anymore, but he’s still smarter than I am, and a lot more qualified to run a baseball team than 99.9% of people I’ve ever interacted with.

    If you don’t like the content, don’t come to the darn site, or just read the posts and not the comments if you think the commentors are annoying.

    Oh, so don’t do what you just did? Got it.

  14. Jeff Nye on February 19th, 2008 2:28 pm

    Okay, guys, let’s draw the metacommentary discussion to a close, please.

    If you don’t like the direction a particular thread is going, a specific comment that is made, or just general feedback about the site, use the “email the authors” link on the side of the page; bringing it up in a comment thread only leads to arguments.

  15. Graham on February 19th, 2008 2:29 pm

    Can we not have this discussion, guys?

  16. DMZ on February 19th, 2008 2:35 pm

    You know, I am sick and tired of moderators shutting things down every time I want to try and rekindle some long-smoldering argument about the site. In the future, can we please not have comments about not having discussions about comments about the site, or negativity, or fandom?

  17. Graham on February 19th, 2008 2:39 pm

    [deleted, recursive]

  18. DMZ on February 19th, 2008 2:40 pm

    ^^^That is just another classic example of this site’s continuing censorship of opposing viewpoints. If the moderators want to try and nudge conversation in one direction or another, why try and stop them from stopping people from stopping people? That’s just another complaint with no point or contribution, and we should all just move on.

  19. DMZ on February 19th, 2008 2:40 pm

    That’s even funnier for having gone up after Graham’s

  20. TumwaterMike on February 27th, 2008 10:18 am

    Bret Boone, along with Jay buhner, has always been one of my favorite Mariners. It may be a cliche to say that Boonie was a blue collar guy, but that’s exactly what he was. Good game or bad he always gave everything he had on the field. Shannon Drayer wrote an outstanding piece about her relationship with Boonie and it can be read on My father was an alcoholic so I can express factually what alcoholism can do to yourself or your family. I am not excusing Boonie for his drinking problems but I do understand what the pull of booze can do to someone. Did he cheat the fans and the Mariners the final couple of years he was here because his drinking left him less then 100%. You’re damn right he did. However when Bret Boone was on, he had to be one of the most exciting players of his time. I will always be grateful and will always have fond memories of “grip it, rip it and flip” and Bret Boone. Now that he has fought against is demons and is ready to return to baseball, I hope that he has an outstanding end to an aleady remarkable career. I only hope the best for him and if he were ever able to return and play in Seattle, either in our dugout or the visitors I would give him the best welcome possible. I hope everyone’s feelings are the same. Boonie, good luck to you.

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