Game 106, Mariners at Royals

DMZ · August 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Happy Beltre Day! I like to think of the Beltre-less period as a bad dream we have just woken from. Bunt to the third-base side, Royals! Do it!

5:05. I’m a little baffled by the FSN ads that try and hype this as a re-union/grudge match. Who cares that Jose Guillen is a Royal now? Or Willie Bloomquist? Betancourt? Those guys are terrible. Meche is the only interesting discussion to be had, and we’re not going to see him. Is there really an audience out there who get riled up over this stuff? Or, more likely, was this the only storyline they could think of?

Anyway. Someone apparently spotted Kenji after seeing his face on a milk carton, because he’s in the lineup tonight. Yayyy.

Comments

145 Responses to “Game 106, Mariners at Royals”

  1. MedicineHat on August 4th, 2009 4:25 pm

    From MLBTR:

    Pirates And Mariners Exchange Minor Leaguers
    By Ben Nicholson-Smith [August 4 at 4:14pm CST]
    The Pirates aren’t finished dealing after all. Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that they traded Mike Koplove to the Mariners for shortstop Deybis Benitez. Benitez, 22, is hitting .304/.407/.304 in A ball. Koplove, a 33-year-old righty, has allowed 42 hits and 21 walks in 54.1 innings for two Triple A teams this year, striking out 50. He spent six years with the D’Backs and last appeared in the majors a couple years ago on the Indians.

  2. jzalman on August 4th, 2009 4:40 pm

    Triumphant return of Adrian Beltre and no mention??? Glad to have you back Beltre. Now resoundingly confirm all the rumors I read about you blasting the ball into the upper deck in BP this last week.

  3. Coug in AZ on August 4th, 2009 4:42 pm

    This line-up the M’s are using is driving me nuts. I understand back when Ichiro and Branyan were the only two hitting, but now Branyan isn’t hitting. I know Wak like to be an “untraditional” manager, but tradition often becomes such because it works for the most part. Please, please for the following:

    1. Ichiro
    2. Wilson
    3. Beltre
    4. Branyan
    5. Gutz
    6. Lopez
    7. Griffey/Sweeney
    8. Johnson/Joh
    9. Saunders

  4. mw3 on August 4th, 2009 4:46 pm

    Jack Wilson is not a number two hitter even for the Mariners. Here is a proper lineup.

    Ichiro
    Beltre
    Lopez
    Branyan
    Gutierez
    Griffey
    Wilson
    Saunders
    Johnson

    If Joh is starting flip he and Wilson.

  5. Goody on August 4th, 2009 4:56 pm

    Maybe the issue is that we lack a legit #2 hitter.

  6. Goody on August 4th, 2009 4:56 pm

    Maybe the issue is that we lack a legit #2 hitter.

  7. John S. on August 4th, 2009 4:58 pm

    Doesn’t really matter. No matter who goes out there this is still one of the worst offenses in baseball. Left field is a project, DH hits ground balls into the shift and pop flies to left routinely. No one can seem to get timely hits, and average pitchers turn into 20-game winners on a nightly basis.

  8. mw3 on August 4th, 2009 4:59 pm

    Well thank goodness we are playing the actual worst offense in baseball tonight.

  9. TomTuttle on August 4th, 2009 5:00 pm

    Booo, no Johjima.

    Adam Moore, PLEASE!!

  10. DMZ on August 4th, 2009 5:01 pm

    Jeez, and we get accused of negativity.

  11. theandyduke on August 4th, 2009 5:12 pm

    oi, this line-up not looking too snazzy tonight, but I guess I understand not wanting to toss Beltre back up into the 3 hole just yet.

  12. theandyduke on August 4th, 2009 5:14 pm

    dang. Nice one Ichiro

  13. Red Apple on August 4th, 2009 5:16 pm

    Honestly, some of the posters around here need to be kept away from dangerous objects or high places.

    And stop with the Johjima hating, already!

  14. naviomelo on August 4th, 2009 5:20 pm

    Ichiro is such a special player. I can’t deprive myself of appreciating him every day, so I never give up on a season.

  15. CCW on August 4th, 2009 5:22 pm

    the difference between 5 games out and hopeful and 10 games out and… without hope… is a significant one. while i am as hopeful for the long-term future of the M’s as I ever have been, tonight feels a little meh to me. and i’m sure i’m not the only one.

  16. NoStars on August 4th, 2009 5:24 pm

    Washburn’s line isn’t so bad thru 5 haha.

  17. theandyduke on August 4th, 2009 5:26 pm

    c’mon RRS

  18. JHeino on August 4th, 2009 5:27 pm

    Washburn’s line isn’t so bad thru 5 haha.

    Yeah just a couple deep fly balls, easy outs at Safeco.

  19. msb on August 4th, 2009 5:34 pm

    Ahhh, how I have missed that request to the umpire.

  20. G-Man on August 4th, 2009 5:34 pm

    AB is still in form – pointing to 1B ump on the check swing.

  21. Hud67 on August 4th, 2009 5:36 pm

    Yeah, and still not hitting.

  22. msb on August 4th, 2009 5:44 pm

    Jeez, and we get accused of negativity.

    worth repeating.

  23. DMZ on August 4th, 2009 5:47 pm

    That’s what I get for taunting them. Dangit.

  24. loveMeSomeStats on August 4th, 2009 5:47 pm

    Washburn’s line isn’t so bad thru 5 haha.

    But the ERA is climbing now. 5 runs now, and replaced with one out in the 6th.

  25. basebliman on August 4th, 2009 5:47 pm

    Nice bunt to the right side

  26. G-Man on August 4th, 2009 5:53 pm

    Washburn’s line today:

    5.1 IP , 6H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K.

    7-1 O’s, top 6th.

  27. Hud67 on August 4th, 2009 5:55 pm

    Strange game so far. Through 2 and it could have been 5 to 1 Royals. Thank goodness for those ex-Mariners. Designated rally killers.

  28. Hud67 on August 4th, 2009 5:57 pm

    These 2 teams are not playing like the worst offenses in baseball.

  29. theandyduke on August 4th, 2009 5:58 pm

    the announcers have absolutely nothing to talk about today.

    Blowers: Have you ever had Limeade?

  30. Hud67 on August 4th, 2009 6:00 pm

    It would be great to see Ichiro hit for the cycle tonight.

  31. theandyduke on August 4th, 2009 6:00 pm

    man, Branyan is terrible today. 2 K’s on 6 pitches.

  32. msb on August 4th, 2009 6:01 pm

    So, if Ichiro just gets a hit per game the rest of the way, he easily makes 200 again….

  33. Marinerz24 on August 4th, 2009 6:03 pm

    Case in point why Branyan should be hitting in the f’ing 5 hole not the f’ing 2 hole. unbelievable. If Guttz was hitting #2 then you could bunt those runners over. Waks persistance on hitting Branyan #2 is really pissing me off. He’s hitting what .190 since the transition to #2? HIT GUTTZ #2 DAMN IT.

  34. smalls on August 4th, 2009 6:03 pm

    Seriously, we need someone at the 2-hole that can at least make contact, or will lay down a bunt in situations like this.

  35. juneau_fan on August 4th, 2009 6:05 pm

    I love when a pitcher fucks around and fucks around with stepping off and fussing and trying to pick off runners and then loses a base like that to a wild pitch.

    Just throw a strike, that’ll work too.

  36. Hud67 on August 4th, 2009 6:05 pm

    Pickup those 2 ducks Jose.

  37. theandyduke on August 4th, 2009 6:05 pm

    nice AB by Lopez there.

  38. NoStars on August 4th, 2009 6:06 pm

    Poor Jarrod. He did so well against Baltimore in his previous starts this year…wonder what changed???

  39. juneau_fan on August 4th, 2009 6:06 pm

    HEH at Saunders looking all uncomfortable at the Sweeney man hugs in the dugout.

    Don’t you know kid, that’s his designated role.

  40. theandyduke on August 4th, 2009 6:08 pm

    Ooh. Putting together a nice inning here.

  41. Scottdids on August 4th, 2009 6:09 pm

    Marinerz24, bunts are a waste of time for the most part, you don’t ever want to waste an out unless you really need one run.

    That said, I think Branyan needs to be dropped until he sorts things out, he just looks lost. Gutierrez or Beltre should be hitting #2.

  42. Marinerz24 on August 4th, 2009 6:09 pm

    Ok, so it worfed out fine this time. However, Lopez could have very easily grounded into an inning ending double play. But nice job of hitting by Lopez nonetheless.

  43. Marinerz24 on August 4th, 2009 6:12 pm

    Should obviously be worked not worfed. Also when you have an offense that is as scoring challenged as ours you need to be able to make the outs actually count towards something.

  44. Hud67 on August 4th, 2009 6:14 pm

    I am already missing Hannahan.

  45. naviomelo on August 4th, 2009 6:15 pm

    Why would you bunt in the 3rd inning? Ever?

  46. Scottdids on August 4th, 2009 6:18 pm

    Bunts are a waste of time Marinerz24, you actually cost yourself runs by doing it.

  47. JHeino on August 4th, 2009 6:20 pm

    Why would you bunt in the 3rd inning? Ever?

    Felix vs Halladay and you’re down 0-1

  48. Marinerz24 on August 4th, 2009 6:21 pm

    Is it just me or does it seem as if we’re playing a Mariners minor league team here? Bloomquist, Yuni, Guillen, Meche? I know theres probably a couple others I’m missing. I mean it’s like half this team are ex-Mariners.

  49. Lauren, token chick on August 4th, 2009 6:28 pm

    Hey, it’s Yuni!

    Nice hit Wilson, as a point of comparison.

  50. Lauren, token chick on August 4th, 2009 6:29 pm

    Bundts, btw, are not a waste of time. Mmm, bundts.

  51. Hud67 on August 4th, 2009 6:30 pm

    Alright Ichiro, start thinking double or triple.

  52. mlathrop3 on August 4th, 2009 6:31 pm

    In other news, Ronny Cedeno just broke up a no-hitter in the 8th against Arizona.

  53. Marinerz24 on August 4th, 2009 6:32 pm

    This from the Royals announcers. “Yuni as sure handed as they come makes that play look routine”

    Please can someone please send some help to revive me cause I just may laugh my self to death.

  54. MyOhMy on August 4th, 2009 6:33 pm

    Poor Jarrod. He did so well against Baltimore in his previous starts this year…wonder what changed???

    No personal catcher … aka Rob Johnson

  55. theandyduke on August 4th, 2009 6:35 pm

    If Lopez can come through again…

  56. Hud67 on August 4th, 2009 6:36 pm

    Pickup those 3 ducks Jose.

  57. henryv on August 4th, 2009 6:39 pm

    Is anyone else concerned about Branyan’s current pitch selection?

    It looks like he’s swinging at nearly everything, especially pitches down.

    Nice call on the 2-1 pitch.. only 6″ outside.

    The only thing that made it seem worse was Jose’s pathetic swing on 2-2.

  58. Liam on August 4th, 2009 6:39 pm

    Should a player swing at balls, even if they are in the umpire’s strike zone?

  59. Hud67 on August 4th, 2009 6:41 pm

    Only with 2 strikes.

  60. Lauren, token chick on August 4th, 2009 6:43 pm

    Wow. You know that felt good to Yuni.

  61. Marinerz24 on August 4th, 2009 6:47 pm

    [nope! bye!]

  62. juneau_fan on August 4th, 2009 6:47 pm

    I was cooking dinner, but did Sims/Blowers just say something about Yuni working with the Royals hitting coach and changing his approach? As he took strike one two at-bats in a row.

    Uh, what? So he blew off the numerous hitting coaches all telling him the same thing in Seattle, but decides to listen now?

  63. Scottdids on August 4th, 2009 6:48 pm

    Some sound analysis there…

  64. henryv on August 4th, 2009 6:48 pm

    That is just embarrassing…

    No other word for it.

  65. Matt the Dragon on August 4th, 2009 6:50 pm

    In other news, Ronny Cedeno just broke up a no-hitter in the 8th against Arizona.

    Reynolds looked like he was going to physically throw up as that ball went past him.

  66. Marinerz24 on August 4th, 2009 6:52 pm

    OMFG, Beltre has Yuni-eske plate discipline at times.

  67. henryv on August 4th, 2009 6:52 pm

    I’m really tired of the horrific MLB strike zone after the last two games.

    It is time for the MLB to institute a public and transparent analysis of their ump’s strike zones.

    We can analyze players for all eternity, but we can’t look at the quality of an umpire passed a one game view on PitchFx?

  68. henryv on August 4th, 2009 6:54 pm

    OMFG, Beltre has Yuni-eske plate discipline at times.

    Offspeed low and away has always been Beltre’s problem. But today he looks like he couldn’t hit a ball off a tee.

  69. EricL on August 4th, 2009 6:54 pm

    Well, Yuni’s been 6 for 57 before tonight while with KC, so he better start listening if he still wants a job.

  70. EricL on August 4th, 2009 6:56 pm

    MLB Gameday shows the first three pitches all in the strike zone to Kenji, and all called balls.

  71. henryv on August 4th, 2009 6:59 pm

    Jack Wilson is not a particularly attractive man.

  72. msb on August 4th, 2009 7:01 pm

    Mmm, bundts.

    there was such a vogue for filled bundts there in the 70s…

  73. henryv on August 4th, 2009 7:12 pm

    Mr Saunders:

    Please please please please please please stop sliding head first into ANY base, but especially first.

    Seriously. You being safe at first during a game that doesn’t matter a lick isn’t worth the risk.

  74. henryv on August 4th, 2009 7:16 pm

    Holy crap! The lease price on a Range Rover is $800 a month? I’ve rented a car for less than that.

  75. henryv on August 4th, 2009 7:18 pm

    Apparently the Royals have gotten Griffey’s 1997 stats mixed up with his 2009 numbers.

  76. tgf on August 4th, 2009 7:19 pm

    Please please please please please please stop sliding head first into ANY base, but especially first.

    I generally agree, but that was one case where I could kind of see doing it. The only chance to get Saunders was if the 1B flipped to the pitcher and he tagged Saunders as he was going by. So anticipating the swipe tag, Saunders dives. Maybe.

  77. Sports on a Schtick on August 4th, 2009 7:20 pm

    C’mon Super Beltre Funk Blast.

  78. mlathrop3 on August 4th, 2009 7:20 pm

    Holy crap! The lease price on a Range Rover is $800 a month? I’ve rented a car for less than that.

    Funny, I was thinking the same thing.

    5 LOB for Lopez. Looks like we can only count on him once per game with baserunners on.

  79. natewag on August 4th, 2009 7:28 pm

    good to see the same ol’ beltre.

  80. henryv on August 4th, 2009 7:28 pm

    This game is on pace to last longer than a cricket match.

  81. juneau_fan on August 4th, 2009 7:28 pm

    Blowers says it: “This has been a strange game.”

    I’m freaked out by the anemic fans. They sort of moan in the background, so I can’t tell if something good is happening or not.

  82. naviomelo on August 4th, 2009 7:28 pm

    So, does this game qualify as a “hitter’s duel”?

  83. henryv on August 4th, 2009 7:31 pm

    So, does this game qualify as a “hitter’s duel”?

    Well, if you can stand at the plate and watch 4 pitches go by, you can be a productive hitter tonight. Bats are optional.

  84. henryv on August 4th, 2009 7:34 pm

    Take care of your business in KC?

    Hasn’t that been the slogan of every team in the AL since 1990?

  85. cdowley on August 4th, 2009 7:38 pm

    I think I’m kind of glad I can’t watch for a change… Radio is making this sound like an ugly bastard of a game

  86. henryv on August 4th, 2009 7:39 pm

    Was Beltre rushed back with the encouragement of Scott Boras?

    He looks really out of it, and not prepared to play.

    I realize that the team’s doctors have checked him out, but there is a difference between physically able to play and being fully ready to play.

    Betancourt can play his balls off all he wants tonight, but he’s still not major league player, regardless.

  87. henryv on August 4th, 2009 7:40 pm

    Batista is warming up. Going to just assume we lose this game 12-6, and go take a walk.

    Have a good night guys.

  88. scott19 on August 4th, 2009 7:40 pm

    Gee…really appreciate you hitting the ball that well when you were, ah, sitting around playing X-Box in M’s dugout earlier this year, Yuni. >:(

  89. natewag on August 4th, 2009 7:41 pm

    I’m not sure what the love afair with beltre being back is, this is the same beltre i saw the 1st half of the year. I see a player who’s bat is in serious decline after 11 years in the bigs.

  90. DMZ on August 4th, 2009 7:47 pm

    You can do better than that.

  91. Willmore2000 on August 4th, 2009 7:48 pm

    Wilson is my new favorite Mariner. the guy just hustles every play.

  92. msb on August 4th, 2009 7:50 pm

    You can do better than that.

    If nothing else, by using the shift key…

  93. djw on August 4th, 2009 7:54 pm

    If I stopped reading the internet, one thing I wouldn’t miss is silly Scott Boras conspiracy theories.

    (Psssst: citizens of the internet–he’s just another agent! He’s not that special! He has no magic powers! Pass it on…)

  94. bilbo27 on August 4th, 2009 7:55 pm

    “I’m not sure what the love afair with beltre being back is, this is the same beltre i saw the 1st half of the year. I see a player who’s bat is in serious decline after 11 years in the bigs.”

    Obviously he’ll need some time to get his timing back and all that, and he was injured before. However, as much as the general public seems to be excited for Beltre’s bat back in the lineup, it is interesting to note Griffey’s line offensively vs Beltre’s this year:

    Griffey: Games 80, AB 275, Runs 31, Hits 61, 2B 15, 3B 0, HR 11, RBI 35, TB 109, BB 46, SO 46, SB 0, CS 0, OBP .329, SLG .396, BA.222

    Beltre: Games 73, AB 297, Runs 36, Hits 77, 2B 19, 3B 0, HR 5, RBI 31, TB 111, BB 11, SO 48, SB 9, CS 2, OBP .291, SLG .374, BA .259

    Beltre of course still being much more valuable for his defense. But with Hannahan there doing nicely, I would have liked to have seen Beltre get some rehab starts to get his timing back down. Taking as long off as he has, what he’s done tonight should be expected (and for at least a few more days).

  95. scott19 on August 4th, 2009 7:57 pm

    If Boras were in the Star Trek universe, though, he’d have bigger earlobes than the Ferengi Grand Nagus. :)

  96. bearcatsoftball on August 4th, 2009 7:59 pm

    Anybody seen the article on SI.com about Dave Sims? Sorry if I’m way behind on this, but it was very enlightening!

  97. bearcatsoftball on August 4th, 2009 8:00 pm

    And of course I don’t post the link.. Sorry!
    [long link]

  98. MsofEnchantment on August 4th, 2009 8:02 pm

    Blah! Griffey

  99. DMZ on August 4th, 2009 8:03 pm

    Hey, check it out, I’m using the link button.

  100. ayoon on August 4th, 2009 8:07 pm

    Did Batista really hit 97 on the radar gun?

    Maybe he is trying extra hard so KC would pick him up…he could join all the former M’s!

  101. G-Man on August 4th, 2009 8:07 pm

    Bautista through the 7th with no damage – I can exhale now.

  102. naviomelo on August 4th, 2009 8:09 pm

    Batista with the game’s first 1-2-3 inning for either team.

  103. Willmore2000 on August 4th, 2009 8:09 pm

    Since when does Batista have a 95 mph heater? It’s flat as a pancake, but still, where did that come from?

  104. bilbo27 on August 4th, 2009 8:10 pm

    Hey, look at that. The Halos lost. Somehow it doesn’t make me as happy as it would have two weeks ago. But still nice. Now if only they’d do that five or six times in a row right now coupled with five or six M’s wins in a row then I might start to get really excited about that again. :-)

  105. scott19 on August 4th, 2009 8:11 pm

    That’s a pretty cool article about Sims.

  106. MsofEnchantment on August 4th, 2009 8:15 pm

    In other news:

    Washburn does his best regression impression in front for the lay Detroit baseball fan. What a great trade by Z…I’m just glad he had that start today instead of last week.

  107. cdowley on August 4th, 2009 8:16 pm

    Is it just me or was that about the third time Niehaus has referred to the M’s as the Angels on the radio tonight? I love you Dave, but yeesh…

  108. Jeff Nye on August 4th, 2009 8:16 pm

    Hey, check it out, I’m using the link button.

    BURN THE WITCH!

  109. bilbo27 on August 4th, 2009 8:21 pm

    From Drayer’s blog: “Yuni is here in part because of a recommendation of Bloomquist. The Royals asked him what he thought and Willie told them that when Yuni is on his game he can be one of the best defensive shortstops in the game.”

    Thanks Willie! Helping the M’s even when you’re gone. :-) Also doesn’t speak much of their GM/front office when they are relying on player evaluations of another player in helping them make their moves.

  110. MsofEnchantment on August 4th, 2009 8:23 pm

    Do Yuni and Willie like Silva?

  111. Pete on August 4th, 2009 8:23 pm

    Here’s a dumb question for a game thread:

    Does either (or both) Pitch F/X and the FSN Tracer take into account the height of a player when determining the strike-zone? For any of it to be accurate you’d have to raise and lower, and lengthen and shorten the damn box.

    Anyone know?

  112. bilbo27 on August 4th, 2009 8:24 pm

    Wow, Corcoran cleared waivers and then declined an assignment to Tacoma. Risky considering the bad season he’s having. I don’t see any teams picking him up this year. At least in Tacoma he’d have gotten a September call up.

  113. Lauren, token chick on August 4th, 2009 8:26 pm

    MoE: Ha. Awesome. New full-time job for someone in the Mariners front office: Friendship building.

  114. Jeff Nye on August 4th, 2009 8:28 pm

    And, more importantly, does Silva like ponies?

  115. MsofEnchantment on August 4th, 2009 8:32 pm

    And, more importantly, does Silva like ponies?

    Lol

  116. Tv Producer on August 4th, 2009 8:34 pm

    The tracer “box graphic” does not change size, but the area it represents does change according to the heighth of each batter. A human sets that area, so there is some margin for error.

    Nice article on Sims. I wonder why that game started “early”.

  117. Sodomojostrikesback on August 4th, 2009 8:34 pm

    Why? So he can crush them?

  118. msb on August 4th, 2009 8:35 pm

    New full-time job for someone in the Mariners front office: Friendship building.

    Job One? A Felix Buddy.

  119. MsofEnchantment on August 4th, 2009 8:36 pm

    Job One? A Felix Buddy.

    I think a Felix entourage is more fitting.

  120. thurston24 on August 4th, 2009 8:36 pm

    Do Yuni and Willie like Silva?

    We can only pray and boy am I glad I wasn’t drinking anything when I read that.

  121. msb on August 4th, 2009 8:40 pm

    Kirby Arnold had a note about Corcoran– no one seems to have talked to him, though.

  122. cdowley on August 4th, 2009 8:46 pm

    Oh good grief… At this rate, I’ll wake up tomorrow morning and this game will still be going…

  123. Jeff Nye on August 4th, 2009 8:48 pm

    I’m getting more than a little tired of Aardsma.

  124. natewag on August 4th, 2009 8:49 pm

    [find your shift key]

  125. MsofEnchantment on August 4th, 2009 8:50 pm

    That was a bit of an adventure…

  126. msb on August 4th, 2009 8:50 pm

    Samurai Ichiro!

  127. bilbo27 on August 4th, 2009 8:50 pm

    “if rob johnson was catching this wouldnt happen.”

    Because Wak would be calling the pitches?? ;-)

  128. Scottdids on August 4th, 2009 8:51 pm

    Thank you Ichiro! Only 9 back now everyone! ;)

  129. EricL on August 4th, 2009 8:52 pm

    That was one ugly, ugly win.

  130. bilbo27 on August 4th, 2009 8:55 pm

    “Only 9 back now everyone”

    It’s looking like only 4.5 behind Texas though. It would be nice to finish 2nd. On another note, if TB wins, only 7.5 out of the Wild Card. Playoffs here we come. ;-)

  131. henryv on August 4th, 2009 8:56 pm

    Ichiro?

    ICHIRO!

    Came back from the walk just in time!

  132. henryv on August 4th, 2009 8:58 pm

    Michael Saunders needs a psych evaluation, by the way.

    Not only is he sliding head first into first base, but he doesn’t even twitch when there is an inside pitch that almost hits him.

    Craig Bagwell-esque.

  133. msb on August 4th, 2009 8:58 pm
    “if rob johnson was catching this wouldnt happen.”

    Because Wak would be calling the pitches?? ;-)

    ooooh, Rob was so insulted when Gastineau assumed that Wak was calling the games :)

  134. Scottdids on August 4th, 2009 9:03 pm

    Who’s Craig Bagwell? Did Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell mate?

  135. henryv on August 4th, 2009 9:04 pm

    Ha ha ha… sometimes I wonder if they…

    Oh, nevermind.

    I meant Craig Biggio..

  136. henryv on August 4th, 2009 9:07 pm

    I mean they were team mates a long, LONG time… A late night in Miami… You never know.

  137. Jeff Nye on August 4th, 2009 9:35 pm

    Well, that sure killed the game thread pretty effectively…

  138. Breadbaker on August 4th, 2009 9:46 pm

    I lost my internet connection and was expecting to see a couple hundred million “ICHIRO!” posts. That was one of the most wonderful catches ever, are we getting too jaded?

  139. DMZ on August 4th, 2009 9:47 pm

    Both?

  140. msb on August 4th, 2009 9:53 pm

    Ichiro!!!!! :)

  141. Liam on August 4th, 2009 10:03 pm

    Checking fangraphs, the leverage index for Aardsma on that last out was 10.87, wow.

  142. scott19 on August 4th, 2009 11:21 pm

    I sometimes wonder if Aardsma is a Scandinavian translation of Mesa…

  143. henryv on August 5th, 2009 12:01 am

    Well, that sure killed the game thread pretty effectively…

    It’s a gift.

    I sometimes wonder if Aardsma is a Scandinavian translation of Mesa…

    Either that or it’s German for “Thank God Ichiro’s out there, or I’d be boned.”

  144. Paul B on August 5th, 2009 7:23 am

    Beltre sure had a tough first day back.

    Oh for five with three strikeouts and an error.

  145. GarForever on August 5th, 2009 8:22 am

    I sometimes wonder if Aardsma is a Scandinavian translation of Mesa…

    Nope. It’s an acronym: Again Another Relatively Dull Situation Made Agonizing

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