Game 65, Mariners at Padres
The natural rivalry as declared by Bud Selig before the false idol of interleague play continues! Olson vs Gaudin (not Gaudi, famous Spanish architect). I often find that when I’m talking to non-fans about baseball that the absurdities of the game are revealed to me. I (seriously) do like talking to random people about some of this stuff, though yeah, it gets a little bit annoying when everyone at work who knows I write here wants to drop by and ask “hey what do you think about the Griffey signing, pretty awesome, huh?”
Which I know sounds a little bit petty, but it’s like… when I shared a season ticket package I found these kids in my seats all the time (I think they must have attended somewhere nearby), and as a long-time seat jumper myself I started off pretty polite about it until it got to the point where I’d get there, they’d look over, and I’d shrug and say “Come on now” or something similarly curt. And then people would get on me for being rude (ie, w/r/t my jersey, “Snelling? More like Asshole”) because they hadn’t found the same kids out of the same seats a dozen times. So I try and give the tenth person the complete, sociable answer like the first one.
This all leads to questions like “Why are the Mariners playing San Diego again? Don’t they always play them?” and I have by now a little set speech, which goes:
When Bud Selig set up interleague play, he wanted to make sure that some teams would be able to play every year because they’d be really high attendance games. Think Yankees-Mets, White Sox Cubs, right? The problem is not every club had anything like that, so the leftovers got matched up and declared natural rivals, and the Mariners and Padres got each other, and they play every year, while the rest of interleague games are on a kind of rotation system between divisions.
And I swear to Ichiro! that every time I’ve given that speech, the reaction has been a half-second pause followed by “Well that’s stupid.”
R.J. Anderson wrote a little bit about whether Brian Giles is the worst regular in baseball. Giles is out of the lineup today, but Betancourt, who I’d like to argue is certainly the worst regular in baseball if you ignore salary, is in the lineup again, and again, he’s inexplicably batting behind the fearsome #5 Lopez, who is rapidly acquiring a totally undeserved reputation as a hitter based on his RBI total, which as you’d expect drives me up the f’ing wall every time it’s mentioned. And Gutierrez bats #8, ahead of an automatic out, for reasons no one’s been able to explain to me.
Also, the Sagrada Familia is both amazingly impressive and abominably kitsch. If everyone could just not tell my dad that I wrote that, I’d appreciate it. He’s a Gaudi fan. So am I. It’s just for all the amazing engineering and design work, all that cathedral needs to be sold on QVC is a paired set of Precious Moments worshiper dolls.