Well, this was unexpected!
Whodathunk that the Mariners would be leading the majors in WINS after the first ELEVEN games?!? Granted, they’ve played TWO more games than every other team but the A’s but, still . . .
Going in to today’s rubber match w/the White Sox, this was the stat leader board . . .
Yes! YOUR Seattle Mariners were leading in ALL the above offensive categories! (plus doubles and stolen bases – which didn’t show within the screen print) 🙂
And, AFTER today’s game . . .
the homer streak is alive! ELEVEN straight games with a home run!
And, the pitching isn’t all that bad – EIGHT wins from starters and SIX saves from relievers (despite our closer being on the IL)
And then there’s the defense . . .
once upon a time, among our strongest suits, now the weakest sauce 😦
Edgar Martinez fina11y gets the call to the hall!
We’ve known it was coming, even before fun things like this . . .
Dear Edgar –
Thank you from the bottom of my Seattle Mariners’ fan heart for . . .
- the double
- countless other at-bat moments in your momentous career
- the light-bat and geoducks in Puyallup
- your unassuming, humble nature
- your unparalleled, loyalty to the team & to the city
Congratulations, Gar, on your long-awaited, much-deserved election to the Baseball Hall of Fame!
Cooperstown will have you forever but, Seattle had you first . . .
Thank you for being ever, only a Seattle Mariner. 💙⚾️💙⚾️💙
Some of the MANY tweets . . . (see them all forever more at #EdgarHOF )
Where did the first half go?
Well, at least I cannot be accused of being a fair-weather fan (not that the weather hasn’t been more than fair this summer) . . .
During the way too long stretch of lean years, I posted religiously (it seemed baseball WAS my religion) . . .
- season after season
- series after series
- game after game
- at-bat by at-bat
- pitch by pitch
And now – FINALLY – they are enjoying some success despite some injuries (as usual) and a significant suspension (totally UNusual) but, my recent move necessitates a 4am wake-up call to start an extremely long daily commute that makes it nearly impossible to even watch entire games, let alone sit up and blog. And, attending in-person requires a lot of preparation and accommodation (the ferry only runs so late). I say this not to elicit pity – I would not trade my new home (or view) for anything – but, merely as a reason for my prolonged absence. Add to that planning (hosting) our daughter’s wedding this coming September . . . just not a lot of time for my Mariners 😦
view from my living room on Anderson Island
But, hey – they seem to be faring pretty darned OK without me 😉
Sending FOUR well-deserving players to the All-Star Game (Edwin, Mitch, Nellie and Jean) and re-signing BOTH their GM AND their Skipper to long-term deals. They may have finally found the consistent leadership they’ve been seeking. Couple that with young players and vets alike that are contributing night-in and night-out and it’s made for a pretty special first half.
2018 All Star M’s
Just know that they are always in my heart and on my mind – even if I’m not putting pen to paper (or keystrokes to the Internet)
Anderson Island #WHEREiROOT
First, the M’s not only lose their first road series (vs. Tiger) and lose Robbie due to a broken hand (hit by a pitch on the 13th)
but then, on the 15th comes the extremely disappointing news that Robbie has been suspended . . .
It was going to be bad enough to do without Robbie for 4-6 weeks because of injury.
Now, not only does the team have to do without him for much longer but, the reason could have a larger, different impact on the team. Truly one of the biggest challenges the organization has had in many years. It will be interesting to see if the team is able to pull together and if Scott and Jerry can pull the right strings in order to get the right pieces, shuffle the field, respectively to ensure all bases are covered for the rest of the season.
Mariners 5 | Blue Jays 0
I won’t soon forget the excitement of James Paxton’s first complete game, as it was also his first no-hitter (the second no-no by a Canadian and the first by a Canadian on Canadian soil 😉 )
I wasn’t able to watch but, heard the last few innings on the radio while commuting on the train (and holding my breath!) and heard the last call (ground out to Seager/Healy) while boarding the ferry 🙂
So great to see James have the success he’s enjoying this season (even before the no-no). We have all known he was capable of becoming the M’s future ace but, crazy injuries seemed to have dogged him, derailing him in one way or another every season. Here’s to James’ continued health because it’s become apparent, when healthy, he can be absolutely dominant – whether he’s striking out 16 one game or giving up no hits the next – he’ll be a huge part of any success the M’s attain going forward.
Unfortunately, I’ve yet to see this stunning work of art in person . . .
I was actually working from home the day it was unveiled (Thursday, April 13th) but, didn’t realize until too late that the unveiling was occurring (otherwise, I could have at least watched it on TV/Twitter, etc.)
Thankfully, there are plenty of pics/videos on social media – the detail is impeccable . . .
Obviously, the most important first came today . . .
the M’s first WIN ~ finally!
Mariners 4 | Astros 2
Here’s some other Mariners “firsts” from the first series of the 2017 season . . .
(notice that the some of the “new guys” are well represented 🙂 )
- hit = Segura
- double = Cano
- home run = Segura
- run scored = Haniger
- RBI = Valencia
- walk = Cruz
- intentional walk = Seager
- win = Altavilla
- save = Diaz
- stolen base = Haniger
- double-play = Seager-Cano
- outfield assist = Haniger
there were also some bad firsts (first loss, first blown save, first error) but, we’ll choose to focus on the positive . . . this is Rosy, after all 😉
Next up, the Hated Halos – Go M’s!