Game 115, Rays at Mariners

Dave · August 7, 2008 at 6:00 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Sonnanstine vs Felix, 7:10 pm.

Happy Felix Day!

I love Felix (obviously), but let’s put the cards on the table; I’m rooting for Tampa Bay all weekend. I won’t be sad if the M’s win, obviously, but my preference would be a sweep by the Rays. Postseason baseball will just be so much more fun if it’s Evan Longoria, Scott Kazmir, and James Shields playing the vaunted underdog role with either Boston or New York sitting at home during October.

Tampa Bay is, right now, the most fun team in baseball. They’ve got a crazy amount of youth, they’re winning for the first time ever, and they’re doing it with a new breed front office that understands how to put a team together. This is their 1995, just without the absurd comeback. They won yesterday with a 6 run ninth inning capped off by Carlos Pena’s walk off bomb.

Baseball needs Tampa Bay in the playoffs. I’m rooting for anything that helps them get there, and if that means the M’s go 0 for 4 this weekend, so be it.


92 Responses to “Game 115, Rays at Mariners”

  1. msb on August 7th, 2008 9:02 pm

    I’d like some fries.

    and tarter.

  2. msb on August 7th, 2008 9:04 pm

    I glanced up and for a moment thought it was Paul Abbott…

  3. niterunner on August 7th, 2008 9:08 pm

    It must be that low definition TV. Or Sims voice is starting to affect your other senses.

  4. msb on August 7th, 2008 9:12 pm

    I think it was seeing the goatee from across the room … so, who was it that relieved Sonnenstine?

  5. Mariners121212 on August 7th, 2008 9:15 pm

    and just when i thought putz was finally getting back to what he did last year he does this!

  6. Lauren, token chick on August 7th, 2008 9:17 pm

    wtf, msb? Tartar! Sonnanstine!

    (To be truthful, I had to go back and edit Sonnanstine after checking.)

  7. Mariners121212 on August 7th, 2008 9:19 pm

    O YA!!!!

  8. nvn8vbryce on August 7th, 2008 9:19 pm

    I would agree with Dave in that we NEED a Rays sweep of the M’s. Yes, I love the Mariners, but the look on Steinbrenner’s face when the Rays beat the Yanks would be worth a sweep to me. I think that it would be poetic justice for the Yanks too: 200 mil + compared to Tampa Bay’s numbers. It goes to show that money can’t buy everything except more implosions in New York.

  9. Sinking Away on August 7th, 2008 9:19 pm


  10. Slippery Elmer on August 7th, 2008 9:23 pm


  11. PaulMolitorCocktail on August 7th, 2008 9:23 pm


  12. Mariners121212 on August 7th, 2008 9:24 pm


  13. Lauren, token chick on August 7th, 2008 9:24 pm


  14. Slippery Elmer on August 7th, 2008 9:25 pm


  15. G-Man on August 7th, 2008 9:25 pm

    Trite, redundant or whatever you want to say, it is still worthy of one more –


  16. Breadbaker on August 7th, 2008 9:25 pm

    Could this be a repeat of 1985, when the M’s had a great record against the eventual World Champion Kansas City Royals?

  17. msb on August 7th, 2008 9:25 pm

    wtf, msb? Tartar!

    yah, tarter.


    ok, I’d like the Rays to win the East, but that was a very nice game, and reminded me of the Olden Days.

  18. cdowley on August 7th, 2008 9:25 pm


    Damn, he’s on fire!

  19. Sinking Away on August 7th, 2008 9:25 pm

    I think A-Rod should buy the Rays and get them to throw the rest of their games so he has a (slight) chance to play in

  20. Madison Mariner on August 7th, 2008 9:25 pm


  21. naviomelo on August 7th, 2008 9:25 pm

    RAUUUUUUUL!!!!!! He’s red hot!!!

  22. zzyzx on August 7th, 2008 9:26 pm

    I have to say that as much as I’m also rooting for TB, I was stoked to see the walk off.

  23. Jim_H on August 7th, 2008 9:27 pm

    Felix ROCKS!
    Rauuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuul ROCKS!

  24. Mike Snow on August 7th, 2008 9:28 pm

    Not to rain on anybody’s parade, but Felix is now the only pitcher in our rotation with more wins than Putz. A tiny bit of that may be J.J.’s fault, but mostly it’s Bill Bavasi’s fault that we can only approach one game in five without dread.

  25. praetore on August 7th, 2008 9:32 pm

    I was actually happy with how Putz pitched, he had some really good splits and a fastball in the upper 90’s, besides the whole hitting Evan Longoria thingy…heh heh… I hope this lasts

  26. Carson on August 7th, 2008 9:33 pm

    Huzzah for Type A walk off homers!

  27. msb on August 7th, 2008 9:35 pm

    I had the thought that the Mets might be regretting not picking up Raul, but then I remembered they have the Smokin’ Fernando Tatis …

  28. Griffey IsMySurrogateDad on August 7th, 2008 9:53 pm

    Just came across THIS. Take it for what it’s worth, but I personally love this kind of thing. And it further proves that you don’t have to pay $12 mil/year for “chemistry.”

  29. HamNasty on August 7th, 2008 10:13 pm

    We won today and still dropped a half game to the Nats! Go Rockies!

  30. beastwarking on August 7th, 2008 10:54 pm

    Man, just got back from the game and it was pure awesome. Right before Wheeler served up that meat ball up to Ibanez, I said to my Mom,”We can win this, Wheeler is not that great of a pitcher.”(or atleast if I remember correctly he isn’t) I love being right. πŸ™‚

  31. Kazinski on August 7th, 2008 10:59 pm

    I heard Drayer in the postgame say that they took Longoria to the Xray room and “faces were grim”, after the game.

    Bad JJ.

    But (update via cool edit feature) in the recap:
    “Longoria had a bulbous wrap on his wrist after the game, but said X-rays were negative.”


  32. Ralph_Malph on August 7th, 2008 11:34 pm

    Just in case anyone needs another reason to dislike Washburn, here’s another.

  33. dnc on August 7th, 2008 11:44 pm

    Washburn’s a douche. He firmly established that when he tried to blame his suckitude on Kenji.

    The greatest irony here, of course, is that he has the defense to thank for a large part of that shiny last two month ERA.

    Trade him!

  34. WardP on August 7th, 2008 11:49 pm

    What a great game to watch from section 128, row 32. Felix Day! Sonanstine Day!

    It was a little odd to see our boys jumping around to celebrate going 25 games under .500, but it was simply an outstanding game to watch.

    My son Kyle called Raul’s walk off funk blast before it happened, which was pretty cool.

    Great ballpark. Great game. Great garlic fries. Great Vidro-less team (is it just me, or is the vibe entirely different without Turbo?)

    This was a transitional game for us, as we’re headed to a small town about an hour out of Tampa so my wife can regain her health. It’s been great being part of this community, and I look forward to being one of its further-flung members when I get connectivity at the new place, which is currently supposed to be the 18th.

    Godspeed to you all until we meet again, and thanks for all the fish..


  35. HamNasty on August 8th, 2008 12:35 am

    I haven’t gotten pleasure out of a M’s win since May I think. But I was at the bar (in Co) and looked up just in time to see RaUUUUUUl hit his walk off in time. Good win on Felix Day!

  36. scott19 on August 8th, 2008 1:55 am

    Since my b’day is coming up on Sunday, I decided to treat myself to a Felix Day game a few days early. It was almost a throwback of sorts to the way that games were supposed to be at the Safe: crisp, close, well-pitched and well-played. Both Felix and Sonnanstine were completely dialed in, and it was an absolute joy to watch.

    And like a few others have mentioned, I just had a good feeling about RAUUUUUUUUL tonight! πŸ™‚

  37. scott19 on August 8th, 2008 1:57 am

    Godspeed to you all until we meet again, and thanks for all the fish..

    And to you as well, Ward. Best of luck to you in the Sunshine State, old buddy…and Go Rays! πŸ˜‰

  38. ChrisB on August 8th, 2008 5:47 am

    I disagree on that Washburn comment – I think he is mad at losing (understandably) and knows that if he sits and talks to the media, he will say something that he regrets or that he doesn’t really mean. We have all been there, I am sure. So they asked him about the lack of run support, and he said that he wasn’t going to blame it. Then he shut up, because he probably would have blamed it if he had kept talking.

  39. Dave on August 8th, 2008 7:05 am

    Yea, there’s nothing wrong with what Washburn said in that article.

    On a side note, how on earth did reporters get away with turning whether athletes talk to them or not a regular story? Seriously, did anyone have any idea who talked to the media after every start before Geoff Baker got here and made that his tool of analysis du jour? I have no idea whether Randy Johnson used to talk to Bob Finnigan regularly or not, and I just don’t care.

    Just like I don’t care that Washburn and Silva talk and Bedard doesn’t. None of this matters to anyone except the writers.

  40. msb on August 8th, 2008 8:30 am

    I have no idea whether Randy Johnson used to talk to Bob Finnigan regularly or not, and I just donÒ€ℒt care.

    I believe the answer is not, and it wasn’t made a big deal of … some one commented when the subject first came up (Stone? maybe?) that there are always guys who don’t talk, and you just know to work around it

  41. Ralph_Malph on August 8th, 2008 8:45 am

    I agree, I really don’t care if a player talks to reporters. I care how he performs (which can, in certain cases, include off-field behavior).

    As far as Washburn’s comments, I took it as a veiled slap at his teammates, which is lame.

    I’m not exactly sure what he meant, though. He says he’s not mad about the lack of run support, it’s “something else”, which doesn’t show signs of solving itself.

    Which tells me it’s not the offense — they have made changes there (Vidro, Sexson, Johjima). Is it defense he’s mad about? Raul playing LF? Yuni sucking at SS? Not getting backrubs before the games?

  42. Kazinski on August 8th, 2008 2:45 pm

    When ever I hear people carping about Bedard not talking I think about Steve Carleton. I loved the way he stiffed the press. Barry Bonds too.

    I feel about the press about the same way Lee Elia feels (or at least is on the record) about the Chicago fans.

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