Game 79, Mariners at Red Sox

DMZ · July 3, 2009 at 3:10 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

4:10. Haaaaaaappy Felix Day! And everyone hopefully has the day off so you can watch!

Is there a cooler contrast in starters this year? Felix, young, ascending star, against Wakefield, much older, with an impressive career without the kind of sustained dominance that earns someone the “ace” designation. Felix has one of the best fastballs when he’s can control it effectively and loves to throw it, while Wakefield hardly ever throws a straight fastball, but does well with it, instead relying on a pitch he knows he can’t truly control.

I love watching Tim Wakefield pitch. I always have. If I don’t have anything else on I’m interested in that day and he’s pitching, I’ll always go for it. In a way, it’s like watching Ichiro: there’s no one else in the major leagues who makes their living in the same way these players do, and yet they’re among the best at what they do despite taking a much different approach. That’s fascinating.

And then Felix. You have to love watching Felix.


173 Responses to “Game 79, Mariners at Red Sox”

  1. ndrfx on July 3rd, 2009 7:25 pm

    Stupid ump.

  2. bilbo27 on July 3rd, 2009 7:25 pm

    24 pitches, 22 fastballs… Morrow redux??

  3. juneau_fan on July 3rd, 2009 7:26 pm

    Sweeney does always look like he’s having a ball. But who wouldn’t, to be paid very well to have the best seat at the field, and be the guy who slaps the ass of the other guys first.

    Please Lowe, blow the Mean Little Squirrel away. Now.

  4. bilbo27 on July 3rd, 2009 7:26 pm


  5. Go Felix on July 3rd, 2009 7:26 pm


  6. apunetid on July 3rd, 2009 7:27 pm

    M’s win!!!

  7. Go Felix on July 3rd, 2009 7:27 pm

    Please take those stupid red hats off now.

  8. Sidi on July 3rd, 2009 7:27 pm

    “Nice play by Woodward…”

    Umm, was he watching the same game?

  9. Sports on a Schtick on July 3rd, 2009 7:28 pm

    Huzzah! No Felix win but good triumphs over evil. And Angels down 2-0 as Santana continues to struggle.

  10. juneau_fan on July 3rd, 2009 7:28 pm

    But Go Felix, they won! They should wear the red hats all the time!

  11. TJ Dirk on July 3rd, 2009 7:28 pm

    Please Lowe, blow the Mean Little Squirrel away. Now.

    Wish granted. And that is the perfect description for Pedroia.

  12. TJ Dirk on July 3rd, 2009 7:30 pm

    Your game MVP tonight – Rob Johnson — Whaaaa?

  13. JerBear on July 3rd, 2009 7:33 pm

    I want to see the mean little squirrel face the angry beaver. Seriously, though, someone needs to teach Pedroia how to shave his neck.

    Also, I’m totally ready for robot umpires. Please?

  14. littlesongs on July 3rd, 2009 7:33 pm

    I am surprised that somebody hasn’t dropped a “RoJo Mojo” reference into the postgame show.

  15. bilbo27 on July 3rd, 2009 7:39 pm

    “I’m totally ready for robot umpires”

    It’s only a matter of time before umpires are fazed out. Eventually they’ll probably have one guy out there for no other purpose but to relay calls by the tracer and various other play tracking devices, as well as to keep the peace when fights break out.

    It’s not really a knock on the umps. They have to make pretty incredible split second decisions and it’s amazing they can do it as accurately as they can. But as technology advances and we can put systems in place that can be significantly more accurate than the umps, it seems clear that the umps need replaced.

    It will never happen in the Selig era, but the technology isn’t quite where it needs to be right now to replace the umps at any place except calling balls and strikes anyways. I give it 20 years and umps are more or less a thing of the past in baseball. Anybody want to bet?? 😉

  16. Utis on July 3rd, 2009 7:49 pm

    Mission accomplished! Now they are playing with house money for the road trip. We might need Jamie Burke tomorrow, however. Any chance they bring up RRS or someone else up from Tacoma?

  17. TomTuttle on July 3rd, 2009 7:51 pm


  18. chbrody on July 3rd, 2009 7:52 pm

    I gotta admit, i was skeptical with langerhans coming in, but he’s done great….another great move by Dr. Z

  19. gwangung on July 3rd, 2009 7:53 pm

    GRAVY TIME!!!!

    Heh. Guess this year has been pretty darn good compare to last year.

  20. silverbook on July 3rd, 2009 8:42 pm

    Wakefield doesn’t have a good fastball, he just throws it a lot in 3-0 counts when guys are taking. Thus making it seem like his fastball is effective. Check out the swinging contact rates for proof.

  21. mln on July 3rd, 2009 10:34 pm

    Mean little squirrel. Heh.

  22. kenshabby on July 3rd, 2009 11:10 pm

    Watching M’s games in bars during happy hour is much more fun than at home, I’ve discovered. Though the urge to throw my beer at the TV is greater.

  23. vj on July 4th, 2009 6:28 am

    So, seven games into the road trip of doom the M’s have won four. Even if they end up losing the next two at Boston I’d say that’s quite satisfactory for the trip.

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