Injury to insult, received evenly

DMZ · June 22, 2008 at 4:00 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

After today’s painful to watch game, I thought “With our luck, the M’s will probably view this as affirmation they should sign Teixeira this off-season, since he did so amazingly well against our high-priced FA signing…” and when I clicked his name to go look up his historical vs. M’s splits to see if there were any more good stats to throw in a short post about it, XP bluescreened on me with an error in tcpip.sys (wheee!).

After which it wouldn’t boot. And so since the game ended, I’ve been trying to repair my stupid XP box and contemplating at what point I give up and order a new box (and whether that box is a new hand-built Vista box or I buy a nice Mac to go with my beloved MacBook)(where I’m working now).

The weird thing about this is that I haven’t gotten angry about anything all day. I went from seeing today’s lineup card to seeing Silva suck to seeing Dickey stink up the place to wondering if the M’s were about to make a potentially terrible free agent signing on the basis of Teixeira’s play against them to spending a couple hours with the XP recovery console (for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, it’s pretty painful) and now, over an hour watching CHKDSK grind through my file system, inserting index entries, deleting index entries, with one monitor displaying normally and the other a disturbing burnt orange/green… and I haven’t gotten mad at all.

About a week ago, when I was at dinner with Dave and Jeff Sullivan and Matthew Carruth from Lookout Landing, Jeff asked what it would take for us to get riled up at this point, and when we got right down to it, for me it was “they trade Ichiro.”

Today the M’s started the game with a terrible lineup, their pitching was horrible, my computer’s dead in possibly a particularly expensive way, but Ichiro didn’t get traded, so I’m okay with everything.

The 2008 Mariners have given me the gift of equanimity.


59 Responses to “Injury to insult, received evenly”

  1. DAMellen on June 23rd, 2008 12:21 am

    Felix with a mullet…my God. That’s the best idea I’ve ever heard. Think of the power!

  2. after4ever on June 23rd, 2008 12:43 am

    If we traded Ichiro and got back a rough doppelganger of everything we lost in getting Bedard, I’d be satisfied. Throw a legitimate (young) everyday player into the mix and I’d be ecstatic.

    God, I’d hate to see him go, but I’m more ready at this point to weep for our gutted farm system than I am for our essentially temporarily irrelvant big league club.

    Felix gone, that would upset me. I want us to kick off a string of winning seasons in ’10 (and am hoping to be surprised to see it happen next year). To do that, we need him.

  3. Hooligan on June 23rd, 2008 2:18 am

    This post was nothing but an excuse for Derek to use the word equanimity. So I’m not going to look it up. I just won’t. Nope, you won’t find that word in my Google history.

    I’d love it if a member of the Seattle press would ask this question, point blank, to anyone left standing at the end of the season: “Why did you stand idly by while the worst hitter in the American League batted clean-up? And as a follow up, can you tell us why you should still have a job, or any self respect, in light of that fact?”

  4. NoNoNo on June 23rd, 2008 3:27 am


    From last years stats:

    147 548 78 172 26 0 6 59 63 57 0 0 .314 .381 .394 .775

    134 497 38 137 19 1 19 81 15 53 0 0 .276 .298 .433 .731

    Molina’s HR numbers were way higher, but Vidro is pretty comparable otherwise.

    It’s pretty crazy, but if Molina can be a successful cleanup hitter, then maybe Turbo can too.

    Okay, probably not.

  5. Carson on June 23rd, 2008 8:19 am

    Derek, get a new Mac. I can score you a free (yes, legal) copy of Parallels or Fusion, which would allow you to run Windows as a virtual machine on your Mac. Just make sure you get at least 4GB of RAM, which is also really cheap right now (Just paid 80 bucks for 4GB for my iMac).

  6. arbeck on June 23rd, 2008 8:25 am

    I’ve been using Ubuntu on my main desktop for 4 years now. The latest version is just as polished as XP and tons easier to use than Vista. OS X is a little easier to do basic tasks, but anything complex takes twice as long for me there.

  7. coffeemonkey on June 23rd, 2008 1:08 pm
  8. dingdangdo on June 23rd, 2008 3:03 pm

    Benne #53. Nice to see a site w/so many SABRE fans on it have people w/a sense of humor, so many other sites the people posting wear out the idiot word. And I alluded to stats, and was wrong. Which to me is worse than not using stats at all, it spreads opinions based on incorrect info, and there is WAAAAY to much of that on the net, so I’m really feeling like a nincompoop. If that’s a word. It should be. I’m a nincompooper.

  9. Xteve X on June 23rd, 2008 4:11 pm

    Another vote for Apple; My girlfriend and I bought a new iMac this weekend.

    I’ve only had this thing two days, have been working on it pretty much non-stop and I am never buying another Windows product again, ever. I second the comment about running XP as a virtual machine if you absolutely have to use it…

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