Game 161, Rangers at Mariners

DMZ · October 3, 2009 at 5:29 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Ryan Rowland-Smith!

RF-L Ichiro!
CF-R Gutierrez
2B-R Lopez
DH-L Griffey
3B-R Beltre
C-R Johjima
1B-L Carp
LF-L Saunders
SS-R Josh Wilson


Sooo, hidden here under the fold… it feels really weird to write this up, because most of my USSM posts have been watched and sometimes assisted by Maddie, the Haus Zumsteg cat (seen there looking at the 2006 site), who liked to hang out for Mariner games, and she died Friday of heart problems she started to have during the heat wave. USSM Labs is too quiet and empty today.

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80 Responses to “Game 161, Rangers at Mariners”

  1. scott19 on October 3rd, 2009 5:44 pm

    Derek -

    I live in a building which is officially “no pets”…though I’d probably have a cat if I could, since they’re wonderful companions.

    Sorry for your loss. :(

  2. msb on October 3rd, 2009 5:47 pm

    ah, poor old lady– I well remember the photo of her supervisory ability.

  3. Mike G. on October 3rd, 2009 6:05 pm

    My sincere Condolences go out to you as a big cat fan and a baseball fan. Though not really a huge Andres Galarraga fan…

  4. juneau_fan on October 3rd, 2009 6:07 pm

    That’s so sad! Condolences indeed. As a chill falls over Alaska, I was just thinking about that heat spell and the hot cats. It’s awful to hear that had lasting damage; we were all coming up with cat cooling tips.

    Speaking of deaths, nice to see the farewell for Beltre, even if it means they don’t expect him to be back.

  5. Holmes on October 3rd, 2009 6:11 pm

    I went out of the country for two years once, and I left my cat at home with my mom. I would get letters from her and always ask about my cat, and she would always say my cat was well… then one freaking week before I got home to see my home, my fam, and my cat… my cat was eaten by an owl. My mom said she saw the Owl swoop down and take my cat away. Devestating. Sorry about your cat man.. I feel your loss.

    Hyphen-Time!

  6. msb on October 3rd, 2009 6:21 pm

    So, Tommy Hunter, young control pitcher who has been having troubles of late.

    CGSO of the Ms?

  7. SonOfZavaras on October 3rd, 2009 6:21 pm

    I’ve been owned by about 40 cats in my lifetime. They’re awesome companions. When they pass on, though…never gets easier. My condolences, Derek.

  8. DMZ on October 3rd, 2009 6:27 pm

    Thanks, folks. Mrs. Zumsteg’s pretty stunned, too.

  9. Mike G. on October 3rd, 2009 6:51 pm

    Josh Wilson is unstoppable!

  10. Mike G. on October 3rd, 2009 6:56 pm

    While Dave and Mike are talking about AL MVP going to either Teixiera or Mauer, I offer Exhibit C: Ben Zobrist.

  11. Mike G. on October 3rd, 2009 7:01 pm

    According to Dave Sims, Joe Namath pitches for the Twins.

  12. juneau_fan on October 3rd, 2009 7:04 pm

    Griffey is so going to retire.

  13. Mike G. on October 3rd, 2009 7:05 pm

    Griffey! I could feel that coming, especially with a 3-1 count.

  14. msb on October 3rd, 2009 7:05 pm

    So, not a shut out.

  15. Jeff Nye on October 3rd, 2009 7:05 pm

    No TV due to the Fox Saturday exclusive thing, right?

  16. msb on October 3rd, 2009 7:07 pm

    According to Dave Sims, Joe Namath pitches for the Twins.

    that was such a classic “talking while looking at something else” gaffe

  17. msb on October 3rd, 2009 7:07 pm

    It’s on FSN … the Comcast listings are wrong

  18. Liam on October 3rd, 2009 7:07 pm

    No TV due to the Fox Saturday exclusive thing, right?

    It’s on FSN.

  19. Mike G. on October 3rd, 2009 7:07 pm

    No MLB.TV maybe, it’s on FSN right now. At least in Alaska…

  20. msb on October 3rd, 2009 7:08 pm

    Joh has a larger elbow pad tonight

  21. juneau_fan on October 3rd, 2009 7:11 pm

    Was it cruel of me to laugh at that, msb? That must have hurt like a son of bitch. And talk about feeling dumb. He should have taken the shot in teh ribs, not used his elbow to try and stop it.

  22. scott19 on October 3rd, 2009 7:26 pm

    According to Dave Sims, Joe Namath pitches for the Twins.

    Hey, maybe Broadway Joe’s doing the ol’ Michael Jordan “I always wanted to give baseball a try” thing.

    Sure, he might be in his sixties these days…but then again, that never stopped Satchel Paige. :)

  23. msb on October 3rd, 2009 7:27 pm

    GutiGutiGuti

  24. scott19 on October 3rd, 2009 7:28 pm

    Thank you, Guti!

  25. msb on October 3rd, 2009 7:29 pm

    The Rangers have had a couple of near-misses in the outfield this series

  26. Paul B on October 3rd, 2009 7:30 pm

    The thought occurs to me that maybe Josh’s play of late may be going to result in Jack’s option being renegotiated.

    Derek: Condolences. A few years ago I actually moved my home office to a different room after my old office cat passed on. It was too lonely in there for me to work. We can sure get attached to them.

  27. Liam on October 3rd, 2009 7:31 pm

    The thought occurs to me that maybe Josh’s play of late may be going to result in Jack’s option being renegotiated.

    Didn’t Pittsburgh already try that?

  28. scott19 on October 3rd, 2009 7:35 pm

    The Rangers have had a couple of near-misses in the outfield this series

    Yeah…that brutal nightmare of Mike Cameron colliding with Carlos Beltran a few years back could have been easily replayed in either instance.

  29. scott19 on October 3rd, 2009 7:36 pm

    I’d love to see Adrian nail one right here…

  30. Jeff Nye on October 3rd, 2009 7:37 pm

    It’s on FSN … the Comcast listings are wrong

    Aha, that’s what happened, thanks!

  31. scott19 on October 3rd, 2009 7:38 pm

    I’d love to see Adrian nail one right here…

    Well, crap.

  32. Liam on October 3rd, 2009 7:40 pm

    The start time wasn’t set until earlier this week, in case the game had playoff implications. If it did, it would have started earlier to be broadcast on FOX.

  33. msb on October 3rd, 2009 7:44 pm

    The power of the Fox saturday game.

  34. Liam on October 3rd, 2009 7:46 pm

    Apparently, Lowe and Aardsma apologized to Vargas after blowing the win for him.

    That would put a weird twist on the Felix commercial.

  35. scott19 on October 3rd, 2009 7:55 pm

    A bit more painful that time, but Josh is still igniting.

  36. msb on October 3rd, 2009 8:13 pm

    Guti!

  37. Jeff Nye on October 3rd, 2009 8:14 pm

    You know, logic says he can’t continue to sustain defense like this…but I’m about ready to abandon logic.

    He makes everything look so easy.

  38. scott19 on October 3rd, 2009 8:15 pm

    Guti is:

    a) Death to Flying Things
    b) The Cardiac Kid
    c) Both of the Above :)

  39. scott19 on October 3rd, 2009 8:19 pm

    See, nice things happen sometimes when you hit it to the opposite field, J-Lo!

  40. Pine Tar on October 3rd, 2009 8:20 pm

    This is a pretty good line up for us except for SS and LF.

  41. griffin on October 3rd, 2009 8:23 pm

    i REALLY don’t like johjima. i REALLY wish the organization would dump in this coming offseason somehow.

  42. Liam on October 3rd, 2009 8:24 pm

    You know, logic says he can’t continue to sustain defense like this…but I’m about ready to abandon logic.

    Not only that, but he’s been doing it while his knees have been bothering him all season long.

  43. scott19 on October 3rd, 2009 8:27 pm

    Not only that, but he’s been doing it while his knees have been bothering him all season long.

    Which is absolutely amazing.

  44. Liam on October 3rd, 2009 8:27 pm

    i REALLY don’t like johjima.

    Can’t imagine what you think of Rob Johnson then. His WAR is at a surprising 1.1, good for $4.9 after missing all that time on the DL.

  45. Pine Tar on October 3rd, 2009 8:28 pm

    Is it mathematically possible for Felix to throw a no-hitter with Griffey in center?

  46. scott19 on October 3rd, 2009 8:28 pm

    Wow…great job, Mike Carp!

  47. Pine Tar on October 3rd, 2009 8:31 pm

    Take the difference between Guti’s range and Griffey’s range. Figure out the chances of Felix allowing a contact into that area.

  48. Liam on October 3rd, 2009 8:31 pm

    Baker said that the Mariners want Gutierrez to put on 5-6 pounds on muscle over the off season, with most of it in his legs. I wonder if that will hurt or help his defensive performance?

  49. griffin on October 3rd, 2009 8:34 pm

    Can’t imagine what you think of Rob Johnson then. His WAR is at a surprising 1.1, good for $4.9 after missing all that time on the DL.

    not a fan of either. i guess we’re/i am just kind of screwed.

  50. Liam on October 3rd, 2009 8:34 pm

    Is it mathematically possible for Felix to throw a no-hitter with Griffey in center?

    Even if he had announced his retirement, he’s still not getting the start in Center, Left Field maybe.

  51. scott19 on October 3rd, 2009 8:37 pm

    Oh, please Miggy, don’t Mesa this up…

  52. henryv on October 3rd, 2009 8:38 pm

    Uhm, is DA hurt? Or has he pitched too much? I’m confuzzed.

  53. Liam on October 3rd, 2009 8:38 pm

    Tonight is like an alternate reality where Batista was made the closer instead of Aardsma.

  54. juneau_fan on October 3rd, 2009 8:39 pm

    You show us, Batista!

    Come on!

    Yeah, we’re haters! Show us what shit we are!

    ’cause we really want to win this game. Shame us. Please.

  55. DMZ on October 3rd, 2009 8:40 pm

    Are we trying to make sure Batista is dead-armed for his next contract? There has to be a reason they keep running him out there.

  56. scott19 on October 3rd, 2009 8:40 pm

    Uhm, is DA hurt? Or has he pitched too much? I’m confuzzed.

    I’m trying to figure that one out, too.

  57. henryv on October 3rd, 2009 8:41 pm

    Apparently Mariano Rivera flew cross country to pitch in a Miguel Batista mask.

  58. juneau_fan on October 3rd, 2009 8:42 pm

    The game’s over?

    I know I haven’t been paying attention, but boy that was quick.

  59. Liam on October 3rd, 2009 8:42 pm

    Wakamatsu doing his best Hargrove/McLaren impression.

  60. juneau_fan on October 3rd, 2009 8:43 pm

    Oh dear, I’m drinking too much again. The game started an hour early.

  61. scott19 on October 3rd, 2009 8:43 pm

    And Batista, looking like the Second Coming of Lee Smith, proved us all wrong tonight!

  62. henryv on October 3rd, 2009 8:43 pm

    Oh dear, I’m drinking too much again. The game started an hour early.

    Batista was pitching. You should be drinking.

  63. scott19 on October 3rd, 2009 8:44 pm

    Apparently Mariano Rivera flew cross country to pitch in a Miguel Batista mask.

    Good one! :)

  64. JR Ewing on October 3rd, 2009 8:50 pm

    Aardsma pitched last night, he needs to be available tomorrow. There was no way he was going to pitch tonight, with Felix trying to lock up a Cy Young award when a “W” could pay some good divdends in that quest.

  65. Phightin Phils on October 3rd, 2009 8:50 pm

    I paid my share of the season ticket seats I have for tomorrow. Please, I don’t want to see Griffy in center; just great DL ABs. And please no Batista throwing “flame”. And please minimize any gush moments — nothing ’95.

    I want to see Felix pitch, Beltre field, Guti shine, and…Ichiro!

    I want to see the Mariners continue to be winners.

  66. JakeSuds on October 3rd, 2009 8:53 pm

    I really can’t believe my eyes. That’s the old Miguel Bautista on the mound tonight. That was a final hurrah if I ever saw one. I wonder how he feels right now.

  67. Pine Tar on October 3rd, 2009 8:54 pm

    Wooo Hoooo Phightin Phils!!!! That almost made me shed a tear.

  68. msb on October 3rd, 2009 9:00 pm

    Batista. No ‘u’.

    What is this about Jr in center? Did someone actually mention it, or is it just wishful/fearful thinking?

  69. TranquilPsychosis on October 3rd, 2009 9:04 pm

    Derek,

    I am truly sorry for your loss. Friends like Maddie are the hardest to lose.

    May her memmory live long and strong for you and Mrs. Zumsteg.

  70. TranquilPsychosis on October 3rd, 2009 9:05 pm

    *memory*

    Damned edit button is still missing.

  71. dsmiley on October 3rd, 2009 9:08 pm

    Congrats to Batista for having a good outing. Finally.

    Goodbye Miguel! For your off-the-field community work, a sincere “thank you!” And for your on-the-field work, a less sincere “thanks!” for…umm, trying?

  72. Breadbaker on October 3rd, 2009 9:50 pm

    Back from freezing Safeco. We were in about the same seats we had the USSM/LL event in, only the weather could not have been more different (thought the pre-game “forecast” told us that it would be wet when there wasn’t a cloud in the sky\; great job, guys!).

    With any other centerfielder, the M’s lose this game. Those two plays Gut made, one at a full run ending up almost on second base and the other at a dead run to the gap, absolutely saved this game. Seeing what is almost undoubtedly the last Griffey homer I’ll ever see in person was nice, but looking to a long future with Franklin in center makes me feel far better.

  73. msb on October 3rd, 2009 10:07 pm

    Shannon Drayer had a story on the postgame— and she turned the mike over to Chef Jeremy, who has been with the team since the Kingdome days, and has been a big Mariners fan for much longer than that.

    According to Jeremy, he has been trying to get a Griffey HR ball for ever … at the Dome, at the Safe … he told Griffey that, and said he was going to keep trying this year, so during games he has taken to sitting out with the grounds crew.

    Just before the HR tonight, the crew all left, and he was sitting out there by himself, when Jr hit the ball. He says he ran along the wall, got the ball, ignored all the fans above trying to get him to throw them the ball, and just took off running … he was even chased by security for part of the run, until they realized it was just Chef J. He ran all the way to the clubhouse, found Jr in the video room with Carl and said “got it”.

    Junior didn’t believe it was number 630, but Jeremy said, why would I run all this way? and then handed him the ball.

  74. Liam on October 3rd, 2009 10:17 pm

    What is this about Jr in center? Did someone actually mention it, or is it just wishful/fearful thinking?

    Griffey has hit three home runs this final home stand. Wakamatsu has already said he won’t start Griffey in center field, but left open an outside possibility that, if the game was a blowout or something, he might shift him to that spot. But it’s a remote possibility.

  75. John D. on October 3rd, 2009 11:43 pm

    Didn’t the Mariners remove Rowland-Smith from their 40-man roster earlier this year, and re-sign him when they noticed that he was still available ?

  76. matthew on October 4th, 2009 2:37 am

    Derek,

    I’m very sorry for your loss :(

  77. joser on October 4th, 2009 9:11 am

    Didn’t the Mariners remove Rowland-Smith from their 40-man roster earlier this year, and re-sign him when they noticed that he was still available ?

    He’s been on the DL, and was then optioned to Tacoma, but AFAIK he’s never left the 40 man this year.

  78. JerBear on October 4th, 2009 9:57 am

    My condolences to the Zumsteg household.

    I’m not a huge pet person, but I’ve always enjoyed the company of cats. I had a great one when I was growing up. They’re not too needy and pet-like – they just like to hang out. I think that makes it even worse when they depart.

  79. scraps on October 4th, 2009 10:38 am

    Condolences, Derek.

  80. appleshampoo on October 4th, 2009 6:01 pm

    Condolences DMZ. My two cats and I mourn your loss.

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