Game 151, Mariners at Rays

Mike Snow · September 22, 2009 at 4:00 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Rowland-Smith v. Niemann, 4:08. Who makes up these start times, anyway? Today and tomorrow are both 4:08, and then for some reason in Toronto the games start at 4:07. At least in Canada there’s a second national anthem to squeeze in, so it makes a little bit more sense.

Meanwhile, how many people would have guessed that the Mariners would be going into this series with a better record than the defending league champs? Okay, so that’s mostly the Rays’ 11-game losing streak (remember when we used to have those?), and in reality they’re probably still the better team, but it’s interesting.

RF-L Ichiro
CF-R Gutierrez
2B-R Lopez
DH-L Griffey
3B-R Beltre
DL-R Hall
C-R Johjima
1B-L Carp
SS-R Josh

Comments

35 Responses to “Game 151, Mariners at Rays”

  1. TranquilPsychosis on September 22nd, 2009 4:49 pm

    Well this is pretty…

  2. Mike Snow on September 22nd, 2009 5:01 pm

    We could be going for a record here.

  3. scott19 on September 22nd, 2009 5:05 pm

    I think I’m beginning to hear the charming chirp of crickets in the background…

  4. scott19 on September 22nd, 2009 5:25 pm

    Well, if all else fails, we can always be enlightened with the words of Woody Woodward on the radio side.

  5. scott19 on September 22nd, 2009 5:28 pm

    ICHI!!!

  6. JerBear on September 22nd, 2009 5:31 pm

    Hot damn! Ichi got ahold of that one!

  7. _David_ on September 22nd, 2009 5:32 pm

    Ichiro!

  8. scott19 on September 22nd, 2009 5:51 pm

    Interesting choice for Burrell’s plate music: Dio’s Holy Diver.

  9. juneau_fan on September 22nd, 2009 6:12 pm

    Forgot the game was on.

    So with RSS knocked out in the sixth, I take it we didn’t have to hear the on-air folks going on and on about what a horse he is and should be able to go at least eight innings every start?

  10. joser on September 22nd, 2009 6:20 pm

    So do you think that is what they mean when they say “Ichiro can hit a home run whenever he wants”? Now that he’s reached his 200 mark, he certainly seems to be willing to swing for the fences more often. Small sample theater, of course, but still…

    Also, prior to this, I wonder if the M’s have ever played an afternoon/evening game in Florida in the Autumn (officially now as of ~2pm) when it was hotter in Seattle (85) than in St. Pete (82)? Yeah, it might still feel hotter in Florida, but it’s still pretty remarkable. (Which also explains why no one is inside sitting at their computers for the game thread, of course.)

  11. scott19 on September 22nd, 2009 6:23 pm

    Kind of an “off” start for Hyphen tonight, j_f…threw a ton of pitches in the first two innings.

    Fear not, though…we now have the awesome Miggy to save the day.

  12. scott19 on September 22nd, 2009 6:32 pm

    Also, prior to this, I wonder if the M’s have ever played an afternoon/evening game in Florida in the Autumn (officially now as of ~2pm) when it was hotter in Seattle (85) than in St. Pete (82)? Yeah, it might still feel hotter in Florida, but it’s still pretty remarkable.

    Good point, joser…

    Back when we had that 105-degree day in July, I had a little fun with my friend down in Dallas e-mailing him about how it was hotter at game time in Seattle for the M’s-Jays that afternoon than it was in Arlington for the Rangers game that evening.

    Meanwhile…J-LO!!!

  13. Lauren, token chick on September 22nd, 2009 6:34 pm

    Yay J. Lo!

    I’m sure y’all read the Baker article on Lopez vowing to his late sister that he would hit at least 20 home runs (which seems a little arbitrary, but hey, sacred ground)?

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/mariners/2009913998_lopez22.html

  14. scott19 on September 22nd, 2009 6:40 pm

    Geez…they drag you out in leg irons at the Trop for catching a foul tip?

    No wonder they never draw any fans down there with such draconian policies! ;)

  15. jeffs98119 on September 22nd, 2009 6:40 pm

    What was that with the cops taking away the guy who wouldn’t give up the ball? He caught the ball, he can keep it if he wants to! Sims and Blowers, who have access to all the game balls they want, have no conception how special it is to a fan to catch a home run or foul ball. I mean, Lopez hit 25 this year, but that guy will probably never catch another one! And why would he want it so much anyway? It’s not even a game winner yet.

  16. scott19 on September 22nd, 2009 6:43 pm

    Wow…a couple of pretty decent innings there for Miggy, actually.

  17. SunDevil1 on September 22nd, 2009 6:46 pm

    Kinda scary…1) Batista getting 6 outs and 2) renta-gendarmes taking guys out of their seats. Also, on my TV that rug looks pretty shagified.

    Did anyone get a measurement on Ichi’s blast?

  18. Lauren, token chick on September 22nd, 2009 6:47 pm

    What just got said? I didn’t hear any awesome curse words. Should’ve been listening more closely.

  19. Liam on September 22nd, 2009 6:48 pm

    That was hilarious. Bill Hall dropped an F-Bomb on his pop-up, then Dave Sims makes an apology saying, sometimes these things get through, I’m sure you’ll get over it.

  20. SunDevil1 on September 22nd, 2009 6:48 pm

    F-bomb by Hall on his flyball out.

  21. SunDevil1 on September 22nd, 2009 6:50 pm

    Not me. I’m shocked, shocked to find profanity being used by professional athletes…what the f___?

  22. msb on September 22nd, 2009 6:53 pm

    I mean, Lopez hit 25 this year, but that guy will probably never catch another one!

    And, man, it is a lot harder to climb over seats on really tight jeans to pick that ball off the ground three rows back than it is to just stick a glove up. He really had to work for that ball.

  23. scott19 on September 22nd, 2009 6:55 pm

    renta-gendarmes taking guys out of their seats

    Of course, I never thought about it…but maybe instead of an “Instant Seat Upgrade” at Tropicana they do an Instant Seat Downgrade instead.

  24. SunDevil1 on September 22nd, 2009 6:57 pm

    Crawford should be back on the pine by now…hope Kenji gets him.

  25. jld on September 22nd, 2009 6:59 pm

    What was the drama with that Lopez homerun ball? Did Lopez really want that ball for his trophy case?

  26. scott19 on September 22nd, 2009 7:00 pm

    Though I missed hearing the reason why, I take it Aardsma is unavailable for this game if Lowe is in there for the ninth.

  27. scott19 on September 22nd, 2009 7:04 pm

    Good job, Lowe!

  28. msb on September 22nd, 2009 7:05 pm

    What was the drama with that Lopez homerun ball? Did Lopez really want that ball for his trophy case?

    apparently so, not having gotten near 25 HRs before. The guy seemed to have no interest in talking trade, they walked him out to the concourse (with security, so I don’t know if he was being an ass) and then he was back in his seat, with no indication that he gave up the ball.

  29. Liam on September 22nd, 2009 7:07 pm

    Longoria called out on his check swing that he thought was a ball, followed by a lingering shot of Jose Lopez standing there not knowing the game was over.

  30. Liam on September 22nd, 2009 7:08 pm

    with no indication that he gave up the ball.

    Doing the post game interview, sounds like he didn’t get it.

  31. msb on September 22nd, 2009 7:09 pm

    Jose was just thinking deep thoughts.

  32. kenshabby on September 22nd, 2009 7:10 pm

    Ok, who was that wearing the Miguel Batista disguise?

  33. pensive on September 22nd, 2009 7:33 pm

    Sims’ rant, rift about the guy that caught Lopez home run was offensive (I felt).

    A guy that sits in the bleachers gets ragged on, even suggesting he gets thumped is a bit over the top. To keep at it for over 7 minutes, suggesting numerous times the guy get physically influenced to give up ball is close to criminal.

    Hey you work for free Sims. Don’t negotiate for your best deal.

    know knit picking, but in from the heat mowing after full day work in direct sun only to hear the rant. the guy would certainly rather be sitting in better seats and you pick on him.

  34. lokiforever on September 23rd, 2009 9:30 am

    Batista – Sell high. That was some wiley veteran grit right there.

  35. Mike Snow on September 23rd, 2009 9:43 am

    There’s nothing left to sell.

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