I’m not a superstitious guy

DMZ · May 13, 2008 at 1:00 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

But you may have noticed that I didn’t put anything up at midnight on what day it is. The last couple haven’t worked out for the team, and they really need the win, so I thought I’d skip it and see how things worked out. That’s all.


29 Responses to “I’m not a superstitious guy”

  1. galaxieboi on May 13th, 2008 1:13 pm

    I havn’t a clue what you’re talking about. Nothing special about today.

  2. Sports on a Schtick on May 13th, 2008 1:16 pm

    Yea I didn’t notice stuff was posted at midnight. I assumed it was all random.

    Now if someone is the superstitious type he or she should be inclined for some Felix poetry today.

  3. Jeff Nye on May 13th, 2008 1:18 pm


  4. Mat on May 13th, 2008 1:20 pm

    So the whole Doyle thing had nothing to do with superstition? Or is that why you’re not superstitious anymore?

  5. zzyzx on May 13th, 2008 1:24 pm

    4 – I was just about to post something along those lines.

    You know yesterday was my worst day pitching in my softball career (I walked 5 batters over 6 innings) and I still had better control than the M’s did.

  6. Mike Snow on May 13th, 2008 1:26 pm

    Oh, it’s not your fault, Derek, it’s Niehaus for forgetting that he’s not supposed to be calling him royalty.

  7. kcw2 on May 13th, 2008 1:55 pm

    And, Friday the 13th is on a Tuesday this month.

  8. Jon on May 13th, 2008 1:56 pm

    Happy _____ Day..

  9. justinh on May 13th, 2008 1:57 pm


    Good call. Love the superstition. Hopefully we can find something that works. Happy Tuesday!

  10. et_blankenship on May 13th, 2008 2:33 pm

    ¡Día felino feliz!

  11. Steve T on May 13th, 2008 2:43 pm

    Is it safe to say that win or lose, at least we won’t walk 13 guys today?

    I don’t care anymore. I’m an Asdrubal Cabrera fan now.

  12. wrob4343 on May 13th, 2008 2:47 pm

    I am going to be positive this time and say this IS a great day to look forward to….as is every other 5th game

  13. Jay R. on May 13th, 2008 2:52 pm

    What are the odds of another bench clearing incident? I would love to see some runt charge El Rey so we could see a reenactment of Ryan v Ventura.

  14. robbbbbb on May 13th, 2008 2:56 pm

    At some level, all baseball fans are superstitious. That’s what I’ve observed.

  15. et_blankenship on May 13th, 2008 3:05 pm

    What are the odds of another bench clearing incident?

    I don’t know, but the tension is still there. When RRS punched out Vazquez last night, The Mustachioed One got pretty riled up and said some unsavory things in his native tongue, hanging around a little too long before retreating to the dugout. I’m convinced the Rangers will strike back eventually, and at home. The only questions are who and when.

  16. Gerald on May 13th, 2008 3:22 pm

    I just hope Beltre is on his toes for anybody that might have ideas on running out and injuring the run-of-the-mill pitcher that we’ve got going today.

  17. Steve T on May 13th, 2008 3:31 pm

    Felix looks like he’s up for a bench-clearer any place, any time. First in, last out, too. I hope the umps stay on top of it. I’d rather see him tossed than hear any unsavory ligament-snapping.

  18. HamNasty on May 13th, 2008 3:31 pm

    I haven’t ever seen or heard of the random guy we are putting on the mound today, but I think he could hold his own in a fight. Except Hamilton, that guy is built like a bunker.

  19. RoninX on May 13th, 2008 3:35 pm

    !Yad Xilef Yppah

  20. BillyJive on May 13th, 2008 3:37 pm

    Oops I let the cat outta the bag in the Griffey post…If it helps the team at all..I take it back…

  21. PositivePaul on May 13th, 2008 3:50 pm

    Ich bin ein Felix.

    Oh wait, Gerpotenwogen! My German major seems to have slipped away…

    Fröhe Felixtag!

  22. nwtrev on May 13th, 2008 3:52 pm

    Who was it that was yelling at Hyphen last night after he struck out. I think these two teams are fairly likely for another bench-clearing brawl hugging and yelling flash riot

  23. nwtrev on May 13th, 2008 3:55 pm

    Ack. Bad grammar. Meaning after the batter was struck out by RRS.

  24. jro on May 13th, 2008 3:58 pm

    Instead of superstititions, I personally enjoy predictions. They’re so much easier to evaluate after the fact.

    From the SI vault

    Some zingers from this article:

    McLaren suggested that 33-year-old first baseman Richie Sexson, who endured injuries, fan wrath and a miserable year at the plate, would hit 40 homers (nearly double last year’s total) and win AL Comeback Player of the Year.

    Ever the optimist, McLaren expects big things from Guillen’s rightfield replacement, Brad Wilkerson, who hit 20 homers for the Rangers and is that rare Mariner willing to work a count. “Our ballpark could be well-suited to him,” says McLaren.

    McLaren, who is embarking on his first full season as a major league manager (he took over the Mariners last July, after Mike Hargrove abruptly resigned), expects as much from himself as he does from his players. “Last year we proved to ourselves that we can win, and now the bar has gone up,” he says. “This year anything short of making the playoffs will be a major disappointment.”

    One item of note in the article:

    The ancient Mariners, with such 33-and-older regulars as Raul Ibañez, Richie Sexson and Jose Vidro, will score the fewest runs in the AL this season, 690, according to PECOTA projections.

    By my math, this pencils out to about 4.25 runs/game. However, we’re below that for the year (4.125 runs/game, and *well* below that for games over the past month).

    My question: are PECOTA projections relatively good or bad at projections? So far, they’re actually being overly optimistic.

  25. et_blankenship on May 13th, 2008 4:01 pm

    Who was it that was yelling at Hyphen last night after he struck out. I think these two teams are fairly likely for another bench-clearing brawl hugging and yelling flash riot.

    Vazquez (see 15). And yes, I just referred you to my own post but I’m a regular Jack Palance in that regard. “Confidence is very sexy. Don’t you think?”

  26. Jeff Nye on May 13th, 2008 4:01 pm

    Okay, I know it was cheap but “ancient Mariners” made me laugh.

    At least they didn’t try to make the article Rime.

  27. nwtrev on May 13th, 2008 4:21 pm

    25 – Thanks. How’d I miss that? I think if the kid gets a little lippy or demonstrative on the mound today you might see an M get plunked.

  28. Joe on May 13th, 2008 5:07 pm

    Frankly, the Hyphen is one of the pitching staff I’d least like to get into a brawl with. I mean, Felix is big and Rhodes looks mean (albeit old and still recovering from injuries) but RR-S is an Aussie. Granted, he’s likely to be sober, which tends to mitigate antipodean invulnerability (while improving their aim), but still. And half a world away an Aussie Mum will be jumping up and down screaming encouragement at her computer screen.

  29. Mike Snow on May 13th, 2008 5:20 pm

    PECOTA projections probably missed that the overall level of offense in the league is generally down. Otherwise, they nailed it so far.

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