Game 1, Post-Ichiro Era: Yankees at Mariners

marc w · July 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Kevin Millwood vs. Hiroki Kuroda, 7:10pm

This is going to be strange. Ichiro, in LF, *in pinstripes* wearing some new number, facing the Mariners.

Kevin Millwood looks to…aw, who cares. Hiroki Kuroda throws a splitter, slider and a sinker. The Mariners new starting RF is Carlos Peguero.

The line-up:
1: Ackley
2: Wells (LF)
3: Jaso (C)
4: Montero (DH)
5: Seager
6: Saunders
7: Smoak
8: Peguero (RF)
9: Ryan
SP: Millwood

I really hope Ichiro knows how much he meant to Seattle and to MLB. I grew up at a time when you’d still hear respected baseball folks casually state that no one in Japan was good enough to play in MLB. Even after Hideo Nomo’s spectacular start, a lot of people doubted whether or not a Japanese position player could perform at a high level. Ichiro was different in everything he did – from talking to the press, to his approach at the plate, to his pre-pitch ritual – and that clearly rubbed some people the wrong way. Personally, I’m just thankful I got to see something so different, so singular, for the past 11.5 years.

Comments

146 Responses to “Game 1, Post-Ichiro Era: Yankees at Mariners”

  1. henryv on July 23rd, 2012 8:22 pm

    I would trade the Mariners for the New Jersey Devils and the LA Clippers, straight up.

  2. henryv on July 23rd, 2012 8:25 pm

    Okay, so the M’s have given up Ichiro, Griffey, A-Rod (kinda) and Randy.

    And the M’s have gotten… uhm… Gaylord Perry.

  3. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2012 8:30 pm

    I wonder if Angie Mentink would be interested in playing RF for the Mariners? She was a CF with the Silver Bullets after all.

  4. henryv on July 23rd, 2012 8:32 pm

    I think I’m in the anger step of grieving, because at this point, I just want to trade Vargas, League, and Millwood, and have the team sold early in the offseason.

    Let’s move on, because this has now become a train wreck with only Felix to distract us once per week.

  5. WTF_Ms on July 23rd, 2012 8:34 pm

    Come on Henry, it isn’t that bad…Ichiro was only hitting 260 something….it would have been way worse if he had been hitting 330 and stealing bases at will for the past few years.

  6. The_Waco_Kid on July 23rd, 2012 8:34 pm

    A-Rod is dominating!

  7. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2012 8:36 pm

    A-Rod, who committed the unforgivable crime of playing out his contract and then getting offered more money than anyone else in the history of the sport.

  8. The_Waco_Kid on July 23rd, 2012 8:37 pm

    And he’s a Yankee. And he’s a douchebag.

  9. Mid80sRighty on July 23rd, 2012 8:37 pm

    Ichiro (sort of) wanted out, Griffey wanted out, ARod (you really think giving him $250 mil was a good idea?), and Randy wanted out. Not sure what the M’s could have done with 3 of the 4.

  10. Mid80sRighty on July 23rd, 2012 8:40 pm

    I agree Westy, any one of us would have done the same thing as A-Rod. His only fault was that he didn’t just come right out and say it was about the money…that guy has a nack for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time…

  11. msfanmike on July 23rd, 2012 8:42 pm

    Ackley is looking a lot better watching strike 3 down the middle. He must be getting used to it.

  12. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2012 8:42 pm

    Oh, yeah, no arguments with anyone here that A-Rod is an eminently unlikable person. I’ve just always found it funny that he gets hate for leaving even though he played well for us through his contract, while Junior was universally beloved even though he forced his way out of town and seemed to do his darnedest to screw the team.

  13. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2012 8:44 pm

    And to be clear – I was a huge fan of Junior as a player.

    He could also be the nicest guy in the world… or the hugest dick in the world. And sometimes both in the same conversation.

  14. The_Waco_Kid on July 23rd, 2012 8:47 pm

    Yeah but Jr left for less money to be closer to his family. For A-Rod, at this point it’s more the unlikeable thing and that he’s a Yankee.

  15. Mid80sRighty on July 23rd, 2012 8:47 pm

    Holy shit Westy, we may be the only 2. I was against Griffey coming back because of the way he left and was told on numerous occasions that that was in the past. And what happened? He left on the same negative note as the first time. There’s a reason why in college we called taking a shit “taking a Griffey.”

  16. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2012 8:48 pm

    Frankly the fact that we got Cammy out of Junior’s departure may have had a lot to do with it, methinks…

  17. WTF_Ms on July 23rd, 2012 8:49 pm

    Waco, I gotta agree with Westy….A-Rod left at the end of his contract, in the offseason, for more money. TONS of players do that. AND, he went to Texas. How’d they do while he was there???

    I dislike A-Rod, cause “It’s not about the money”….riiiiggghhht….

  18. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2012 8:49 pm

    Hahaha Mid80s! That’s great!

  19. Breadbaker on July 23rd, 2012 8:50 pm

    Lord, Andruw Jones makes Montero look like Usain Bolt.

  20. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2012 8:51 pm

    Love these DPs!

  21. The_Waco_Kid on July 23rd, 2012 8:51 pm

    WTF_Ms I agree with you. “It’s not about the money” was my main problem.

  22. Mid80sRighty on July 23rd, 2012 8:52 pm

    We even had a picture of Griffey above the commode. πŸ™‚

  23. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2012 8:52 pm

    Anyone else remember when there was debate about who was a better defensive center fielder, Junior or Andruw Jones?

  24. The_Waco_Kid on July 23rd, 2012 8:56 pm

    Haha, USS Mariner twitter feed having same A-Rod debate.

  25. Mid80sRighty on July 23rd, 2012 8:57 pm

    I saw Jones play at Safeco when he was with the Braves and he positioned himself about 60 feet behind second and STILL got to the warning track to catch the ball. Obviously EXTREMELY impressive. Side note Gary Sheffield had the quickest bat I’ve ever seen.

  26. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2012 9:03 pm

    Ah, Zumsteg has come out of seclusion briefly!

  27. stevemotivateir on July 23rd, 2012 9:07 pm

    Granderson was a guy I really wanted to see in a Mariners uniform while he was a Tiger. Can’t say my feelings have changed. Wonder what kind of dough the Yankees will throw at him to keep him around.

  28. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2012 9:21 pm

    A-Rod’s apparently got no problem with the distance to Safeco’s center field fence – maybe Delabar had something to do with that though.

  29. The_Waco_Kid on July 23rd, 2012 9:25 pm

    I picked a good moment to stop watching.

  30. henryv on July 23rd, 2012 9:26 pm

    Well, I left for nearly an hour, and the M’s offense did nothing. What a big fucking surprise.

  31. stevemotivateir on July 23rd, 2012 9:35 pm

    Lets play a game…. Who can guess the remaining number of K’s Smoak will have before he gets optioned. I’ll go first…. one.

  32. henryv on July 23rd, 2012 9:35 pm

    As for A-Rod, I have no problem against him leaving. Given his value, I would have given him pretty close to 10 years for $250M.

    But that has nothing to do with why I hate him. He is a terrible person. Like Bonds terrible. Makes Tiger Woods look like a pretty good dude. Just a smarmy, unlikable dude. But whatever.

  33. henryv on July 23rd, 2012 9:38 pm

    Groin chop!

  34. darren_asu on July 23rd, 2012 9:40 pm

    Jesus…this is just a horribly bad offenseive team. At least at home.

    For fun, look up some of our marginal players Home/Road splits:

    Montero has an .802 OPS on the road
    Seager an .848.

    Pretty good I’d say.

    dw

  35. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2012 9:45 pm

    Saunders .868
    Olivo .593 … wait, how did that get in here?

  36. darren_asu on July 23rd, 2012 9:48 pm

    Ackley- .677. Ooof. He’s really had a depressing sophomore season.

  37. Rick L on July 23rd, 2012 9:52 pm

    There is a lot of competition for the worst trade in Mariner history, but the Soriano trade would be in my top five.

  38. The_Waco_Kid on July 23rd, 2012 9:53 pm

    πŸ™

  39. Rick L on July 23rd, 2012 9:53 pm

    Take away the former Mariners from the Yankees, and they wouldn’t be nearly as good.

  40. stevemotivateir on July 23rd, 2012 9:54 pm

    I don’t think the Bedard deal will ever get topped.

  41. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2012 9:54 pm

    Oh that closing shot following Ichiro through the game-end high fives just makes me sadder.

  42. stevemotivateir on July 23rd, 2012 10:01 pm

    I don’t have tv right now, so I have to follow the game online. I’m glad I didn’t have to actually see Ichiro in a Yankees uniform.

  43. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2012 10:31 pm

    It was weird to see him in a Yankee uniform for sure. It was almost as weird to see him clean-shaven!

  44. Johnny Slick on July 23rd, 2012 10:52 pm

    Heathcliff Slocumb for Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe beats them all, guys, I’m sorry. Bedard is #2, I’ll give you all that.

  45. henryv on July 23rd, 2012 11:27 pm

    Especially considering that most thought that Slocumb was about to get released by Boston. It takes talent to be this unsuccessful of an organization.

  46. stevemotivateir on July 25th, 2012 4:32 pm

    You might be on to somethan, Henry… Maybe the problem stems from the organization misinterpreting the definition of ‘talent’?

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