Is this thing on???

Been a long time, been a long time, been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time!

OK, not really lonely, just so many major events going on in my life the past year or so . . .

Not the least of which has been the joy of becoming a grandmother for the first time and the most recent of which was the huge life style change of selling our family home and moving to an island in the south Sound. My husband and I still have our same jobs but, wanted to downsize in anticipation of retirement but now, have an extreme commute. It’s all been good and all been worth it ~ just will take a bit of time to find a rhythm, adjust, adapt and fit everything in.

Can’t help but feel like a “bad fan” . . .

Not only for neglecting the blog but, also for my lack of keeping up with the news and notes on my favorite team. So, “whatever it takes” 😉 I vow to stay informed and provide some thoughts and feelings on a more regular basis from now on – starting tomorrow!

I’m currently in Arizona . . .

Needed a break from moving and unpacking so, decided to take a long “girls’ weekend”. I’m with more than Mariners fans so, we went to Giants/Padres yesterday, going to M’s/Padres tomorrow and Cubs/Tribe tomorrow night.

But, this trip is not only about baseball (gotta ease into it after so long) . . . .

So, it’s time for dinner and a casino 🙂

In the meantime, I’ll just leave this here . . .
(the view from out new home)

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g110 | sweet sweeep!

Mariners 3 | Angels 1

3 brooms

ON the MOUND
James was awesome – pitching into the 9th and, but for getting hit on the elbow by a come-backer, would likely have recorded only the second complete game by a Mariners pitcher this season. Fingers crossed that it’s just a bruise . . .
EIGHT.ONE innings ~ FIVE hits ~ ONE run ~ ZERO earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ SIX strikeouts

Bartender walked one but, got the last two outs.

AT the PLATE
Only SEVEN total hits . . .

  • none for extra bases
  • all scoring in the 4th (2 singles and a sac-fly)
  • TWO of the hits were milestones (Mike Freeman’s first and second major league hits and the second resulted in his first major league RBI)

IN the FIELD
Shawn had a fielding error and the M’s didn’t turn a DP (had one turned against them)

tweets of the game . . . 

g109 | THREE in the 1st? so what!

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Every year, I’m so captivated by the Opening Day ceremony, there’s always a point where I realize. “wow, we still get to watch a baseball game!”. That realization was ten-fold tonight, as Griffey’s Number Retirement Ceremony was the ceremony to end all ceremonies (see post dedicated to that here )

Mariners 8 | Angels 6

trout

OK, how weird was that?!?
Trout w/ a THREE-run home run for the second straight game . . .
but, M’s made it moot 🙂

ON the MOUND
Unlike Felix the previous night, Tai (just off the DL) wasn’t able to get deep . . .
He failed to strike out at least one batter for the first time in his career and FOUR of the SEVEN hits he allowed were for extra-bases.
FOUR innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ SIX earned run ~ TWO walks ~ ZERO walks

But, Yay, for the Bully!

Cody, Drew, Tom and Eddy combined for FIVE scoreless innings . . .

  • Cody especially impressive, going TWO.TWO, allowing only TWO hits, NO walks
  • w/the weird way they score wins, Drew gets it, despite only facing ONE batter
  • Tom looked great, striking out TWO of the THREE batters he faced
  • Eddy earned his FOURTH save (though he’s slackin’ – didn’t K a batter 😉 )

AT the PLATE
TEN total hits including THREE homers and TWO doubles . . .

  • great to see Guti getting going – triple short of the cycle!
  • Guillermo’s FIRST major league homer
  • and, the big blast by, of course, Shawn O’Malley 🙂

(btw ~ I really did say “Do it for Jr!” Right before Shawn hit the homer to take the lead 🙂 )

IN the FIELD

Sparkling DEE tonight! Including THREE double-plays and TWO of the home run heros each turn around and make GREAT plays in the field the next half inning . . .

  • Guillermo w/ a nice running grab in left and a throw to double the runner off 1B
  • Shawn with a great snare and a “I don’t know how he did that” cross-body throw to get the runner at 1B (after which, a spontaneous chant of “Shawn O’Malley!” broke out)

tweets of the game . . . 

 

#24EVER ~ the ceremony to celebrate an unbelievable career

What a night, what a career, what a celebration!

Saying the Mariners do ceremony well is a serious understatement.
So easy to get engrossed in the moments, the memories and the emotions that you can almost forget that after the celebration, there’s still a baseball game to watch 🙂

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prepping for the ceremony

The M’s pulled out all the stops, deservedly so, for Junior . . .
from the 24 in center field, on either side of home plate and even flying in the sky to baseball 24’s in person (Rickey Henderson and Tony Perez) and other famous 24’s on the video screen (Jeff Gordon and Kobe Bryant)

from fellow Seattle Hall of Famers (Steve Largent, Cortez Kennedy, Spenser Haywood and Gary Payton) to all of the current M’s wearing backwards caps and 24 jerseys during batting practice to video tributes from none other than Hank Aaron and Willie Mays and the announcement that Junior’s sweet swing will be immortalized in the form of a statue outside Safeco Field next season ❤

And, of course, Junior added an impromptu touch of his own with a call to Mr. Mays 😉

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And then, the culmination, Junior’s daughter Taryn helped unveil the ultimate 24

 

I thoroughly enjoyed it and am so thankful I got to see it in person with my Dad!

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tweets of the celebration . . . 

g108 | Felix scuffles in the 1st but, the King takes over till the 8th

Mariners 6 | Angels 4

rebound

Very strange start to this game (both for me and for the team) . . .

I arrived at the ballpark realizing I’d forgotten my portable phone charger so, I spent the first TWO innings near The Pen, at the ‘charging station’ watching a nearby TV and listening to the Halos broadcast via At Bat. Trout hit the THREE-run homer just as I plugged in (and, of course the Halos announcers were giddy – little did they know what would happen in the bottom of the inning 😉 )

ON the MOUND
Yes, that 1st inning was exasperating (Trout just seems to have Felix’s number) . . .
But, was SO good to see Felix dial it in and go a full EIGHT (something he had yet to do this season) and, ultimately, get the win . . .
EIGHT innings ~ THREE hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ SIX strikeouts

Eddy gets his THIRD save in style ~ THREE up/THREE down ~ all K’s

AT the PLATE
FOURTEEN hits ~ only ONE for extra-bases ~ Zu’s THREE-run bomb in the 1st

  • Kyle the only starter w/o a hit
  • Nori and Adam both had THREE hits
  • Seth and Leonys both had TWO hits
  • only a total of THREE strikeouts

IN the FIELD
* error by Adam but, an OF assist by Seth to get the lead-runner in the 5th
* around-the-horn double-play (Kyle-Robbie-Adam) to end the 7th

tweets of the game . . .

g107 | oh, so close to a sweep . . .

Mariners 2 | Red Sox 3 (in 11)

this close

Great series with great pitching and  j u s t  enough offense – until tonight . . .

ON the MOUND
Welcome to Seattle, Ariel!
Newly acquired (from the O’s for Wade Miley) Ariel Miranda made his first big leagues start (not an easy task vs. the BoSox) and he showed a lot of promise . . .
SIX innings ~ EIGHT hits ~ TWO runs ~ ONE walk ~ FIVE strikeouts

Bully . . .
the combination of Drew, Vidal, Tom and Blake combined for FOUR scoreless innings but, then, in the 11th, Cody allowed a lead-off single, a sac-bunt and an RBI single that proved to be the winning run

AT the PLATE
Kinda crazy – the M’s had only SIX hits . .

  • only ONE for extra-bases ~ Shawn O’Malley’s FIRST major league home run
  • NINE walks (more walks than hits? should have yielded more runs)
  • THIRTEEN K’s – yikes!

IN the FIELD
* Nice catch at the wall by Guillermo
* THREE double-plays (including one of the unassisted variety by Dae-Ho!)

tweets of the game . . .

good news/bad news – DL updates . . .

g106 | Kuma and the solo shots!!!

Mariners 3 | Red Sox 1

solo shots

~ bad news: only FOUR hits
~ good news: THREE of them were homers

ON the MOUND
that’s Kuma “the Bear” we know and love!
SEVEN.ONE innings ~ FIVE hits ~ ZERO earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ SEVEN strikeouts

then Drew gave us all heart attacks when he relieved Kuma in the 7th . . .
first batter he faces singles, second pops up and the third L  O  N  G  fly out to Nori at the wall – whew!!!

Then Edwin made it interesting in the 9th . . .
he actually, shock, allowed a run – but, got it done in the end for his SECOND save in as many chances, preserving the well-deserved W for Kuma!

AT the PLATE
As mentioned at the top, only FOUR hits but THREE of them were homers . . .
All solo shots: Nellie, Zu and Adam
Anyone noticed Zu’s OPS??  1.190 (yeah, I know it’s a small sample size but, jiminey!!)

IN the FIELD
A couple of nice/timely catches in the OF . . . 
Seth with a basket catch at the wall in the 4th and Nori with a catch of a scary fly ball (w/two runners on) in the 8th

No DP’s turned by the M’s (one turned against them)

Robbie’s sick play to end the game

tweets of the game . . .

THIS. is AWESOME . . .