from the grief of the grid iron to the dream of the diamond . . .

Being SO close to feeling, for a second time, the euphoria still simmering from the first championship only to have it abruptly snatched away in the final seconds was pretty brutal (to put it mildly). It’s going to take some time.

Luckily, there’s a cure . . .

the delicious distraction that is BASEBALL :-) – some catchin’ up to do . . .

The CY Award that wasn’t

Felix Facts | From the Corner of Edgar and Dave

Why Felix Hernandez (unexpectedly) lost the Cy Young Award | Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times

Mariners Ace Felix Hernandez not winning Cy Young Award is a Stunner | Larry Stone, The Seattle Times

 “Yeah, I did,” he said. “It was a great year. I think I pitched way better than 2010.”

Goodbye to some old friends, hello to the new

  • 1B Justin Smoak claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays
  • RF Michael Sauders traded to the Blue Jays for LHP J.A. Happ
  • Signed free agent LF Nelson Cruz
  • RHP Matt Brazis traded to the Cubs for RF Justin Ruggiano
  • RHP Brandon Maurer traded to the Padres for LF Seth Smith
  • Signed Guti and Endy to minor league deals with invites to Spring Training
  • Signed free agaFA 2B Rickie Weeks

A message from Michael Saunders to Mariners fams | Ryan Divish, Mariners Blog

Mariners sign Nelson Cruz to 4-year deal | ESPN.com

nelson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gar continues to garner high profile support

Randy Johnson endorses Edgar for HoF | ESPN.com

 

 

tweets of the off-season

 

PLAY BALL!!!!

wonderous to wallowing to wending . . .

What a wonderous season . . .

Every game, every quarter, every minute.

In some ways, Super Bowl XLIX was a microcosm of the Seahawks 2014 season . . .

  • from the slow start (3-3 record – tied at halftime)
  • to the injuries (Zack, Derrick, Max, Brandon – Richard, Kam, Earl, Jeremy, Cliff)
  • re-grouping after half-way (ditching Percy – 3rd quarter adjustments)

Toward the end of the season it became par for the course for the games to come down to the wire, up to and including the NFCCG w/the Packers. So, when they were tied with the Patriots at halftime in the Super Bowl and then came roaring back in the 3rd quarter, it was like, OK we’ve got this!

The ending required wallowing . . .

But, the Patriots scored rare 4th quarter points on what was an extremely compromised Hawks defense. Despite these challenges, the Seahawks STILL had the ball and a chance to win it in the last seconds – after the awesome circus catch by Jermaine (Hawks had the most explosive plays in the NFL in both the regular AND post season) and a great run by Marshawn (clearly the heart and soul of the team) came the ill-fated call. Whether it was the wrong call, the wrong personnel, poorly executed – will be debated forever and a day. Bottom line: heartbreak.

I won’t defend the play call or the execution (that’s been done ad nauseam) but, just for grins, I will post a rather staunch “defense” of it by someone who gets a bit hysterical himself in arguing of the hysteria surrounding the last 50 seconds of the game . . .

As well as an open and honest interview with the man who made the call . . .

And now we get to the wending . . .

I have to believe that for this team, with an already unparalleled bond, this experience will only make them stronger, closer and more determined than ever.

Congrats to the World Champion New England Patriots!

Go Hawks!!!

 

g162 | ‘t was SO sweet that September mattered . . .

Swept the Halos to begin the season. . .
Swept the Halos to end the season . . .
Just came up a couple short but, what a ride!

sweet september

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mariners 4 | Angels 1

ON the MOUND
The closest thing that Felix has ever had to a playoff game – and, he did NOT disappoint  . . .
FIVE.ONE innings ~ ONE hit ~ ZERO runs ~ ZERO earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ SEVEN strikeouts

The one hit was a single by Pujols in the 1st and then Felix proceeded to retire FOURTEEN in-a-row. The only reason he didn’t go longer was because during his outing, the A’s beat the Rangers which was the last straw on the camel’s back that was the M’s shot at a chance for post season. Lloyd took him out shortly after that to a thunderous ovation of pure love and appreciation for his CY-worthy, season-long effort . . .

 

} Brandon replaced Felix and promptly gave up a hit and a wild pitch but, escaped the 6th unscathed and breezed through the 7th
} Joe and Yourvis combined for a scoreless 8th
} Danny took the 9th and gave up a single and an RBI double before retiring the side

AT the PLATE
~ M’s took an early 1-0 lead in the 2nd on a LoMo single and a Condor RBI double
~ M’s added on in the 4th w/ a Kendrys walk, another LoMo single, another Condor RBI double and a Zu 2-run single gave the M’s a 4-0 lead

IN the FIELD
Nice DEE all around (although NO DP’s by either team)

tweets of the game . . .

 

 

g161 | win in #161 = meaningful #162 and chance for #163

WOW – what a game!
To see young guys who failed at their first opportunity come through in their second chance . . .
sort of a microcosm of the season and bodes well for the future no matter the outcome tomorrow. These players are learning what it’s like to play meaningful baseball in September and that experience is INvaluable going forward.

smooth sea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mariners 2 | Angels 1 (in 11)

ON the MOUND
James had a nice bounce-back from the nightmare that was his start in Toronto . . .
Didn’t make it through SIX and threw a LOT of pitches but, ONE earned run? (and it came in the only inning -2nd- that he had any trouble so, nice he was able to limit the damage) We’ll take that every time!
FIVE.TWO innings ~ FOUR hits ~ ONE earned run ~ THREE walks ~ FOUR strikeouts

The bullpen was NAILS . . .
} Danny, Charlie, Carson and Yourvis combined for TWO.ONE innings of NO hits + NO runs
} Nando (tie game – eeek!), Tom and Dom each gave up ONE hit in their ONE inning of work but NO runs

AT the PLATE
Not a whole lot going against CJ for the first SIX innings . . .
~ In the 7th – a Kyle walk and a LoMo double tied the game at ONE
~ In the 9th – a GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY turned to lead – as the bases loaded w/NO outs and they could not score (Brad and Chris each struck out and Austin lined out)
~ More opps in the 10th – Ack led off with a single, Robbie grounded out (moving Dustin to 2B) then Kendrys was intentionally walked, Humberto struck out and LoMo grounded out
~ Then the magic that was the 11th –  three “goats” of the 9th became HEROS – Brad doubled with ONE out, Chris T singled (moving Brad to 3B) and Austin collected the GW RBI w/a walk-off fielder’s choice . . .

*** MARINERS WIN!!! ***
STILL ALIVE IN THE #HuntForThePostSEAson

IN the FIELD
* Kyle with a rare mis-play allowed the Halos only run to score
* Dustin made an awesome running grab in the 10th
* Endy mis-played the very next ball in play, putting a runner at 2B w/TWO outs . . . luckily, it didn’t matter

tweets of the game . . .

 

g160 | Kuma back to Kuma

‘t was my last regular season game in person and it was thoroughly enjoyable. Meaningful baseball on the 160th game of the season is FUN :-)

Frog-hanging-by-a-thread

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mariners 4 | Angels 3

ON the MOUND
He had to come out of the game for precautionary reasons in the 7th . . .
But, Kuma rebounded to give the M’s exactly what they needed. His only snafu – back-to-back solo shots (Calhoun and Trout – no shame there) . . .
SIX.ONE innings ~ FOUR hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ FOUR strikeouts

} Brandon, Danny and Carson combined for only ONE hit and FOUR strikeouts (including a classic one of Trout by the rook Smith)

} Yes, it was a FRE . . .
as Nando gave up a run on a single and a double but, the 48th arrow flew into a sea of rally towels

AT the PLATE
Not super prolific but, powerful . . .
~ Only SEVEN total hits but THREE homers (Kendrys, Michael and Ack)
~ Michael also had a double
~ Austin had a stolen base and Chris T had TWO! (only seems happy when his uni is dirty ;-) )

IN the FIELD
No double-play and one turned against them but, SOLID DEE all-around tonight (including on the other side, especially Trout’s filthy theft of  Kendry’s sure double in the 8th)

tweets of the game . . .

 

g159 | salvaged and still breathing . . .

So, the M’s ACE and their Ace in-the-making lose BIG, the rook goes a stellar eight but loses and their only win in Toronto comes from the ‘bull-pen’ game – go figure.

still breathing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mariners 7 | Blue Jays 5

ON the MOUND
This ‘bull pen’ start definitely wasn’t pretty but, the M’s will take the final result . . .
Tom “started” but only went 1.1 while giving up TWO earned runs. They proceeded to use EIGHT more pitchers, Danny the only one to go TWO innings. Joe also gave up TWO runs, they all combined for NINE strikeouts. Nando gave up ONE run but, shot the arrow for the 47th time this season.

AT the PLATE
The bat finally awoke! Of their TEN total hits, SEVEN were for extra-bases . . .
~ LoMo with TWO homers (FOUR rbi) and Zu with ONE
~ Brad with TWO doubles, Robbie and Kendrys each with ONE
~ Runs scored all through out the line up

IN the FIELD
THREE errors (Chris, Kendrys and Brad) but, thankfully didn’t factor in

tweets of the game . . . 

 

g158 | Tai does what James and Felix couldn’t . . .

Well, at least this is more how we’re used to losing – ONE run games instead of blow outs but, wouldn’t you know, the M’s FINALLY get the great pitching to which they are accustomed (and from the rook, no less!) yet, they can’t eek across a single run. The post season math is getting hard . . .

Mariners 0 | Blue Jays 1

ON the MOUND
Tai was the total bright spot of the mostly putrid road trip and a real positive for the future . . .
EIGHT innings ~ FOUR hits ~ ONE earned run ~ ONE walk ~ SIX strikeouts 

AT the PLATE
Move along, nothing to see here . . .
THREE total hits, ONE double (Corey) and ONE walk (Zu – shock!)

IN the FIELD
ONE double -play turned (Robbie-to-Chris-to-Kendrys)

tweets of the game . . .