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 🙂
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 😉
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!
tweets of the celebration . . .
7-2 = 3 series wins + 1 sweep
Starters = 6 of 8
Closer = 4 for 4
3.70 BA w/RISP
RD in wins = 37-11
RD in losses = 2-8
Milton in a happy place
Larry Stone details “projected weaknesses that have proved strengths” so far
Home Sweet Home
2 of 3 from the Orioles
2 of 3 from the Twins
I’m not sure if having the best record in one-run games (15-12) is a GOOD thing or a BAD thing. All I know is that with the amount of Tums I’ve consumed in the late innings recently, I’ve surely compensated for any calcium deficiency I might have had 🙂
When one ponders upon the multitude of times that just a couple more runs would have been the difference between W and L, it is indeed exasperating. But, but this rosy one also sees it as hopeful ~ for as bad as the offense has been, it only needs to be a little bit better to make a HUGE difference. (provided that the pitching can stay the course – and that may be a tall order)
- After losing 6 of 9 series in May, the M’s are off to a winning start in June, having won their first 2 series of the month and posting the 2nd highest BA and SLG so far in June.
- Overall team ERA of 3.74 is good enough for #1 in the league
- FEWEST runs ALLOWED in the league
- 2 pitchers in the top ten in the league in strikeouts (Felix #5, Erik tied at #9)
- 2 players in the top ten in the league in average (Ichiro at #1, Russell at #9)
- In April, the M’s had the highest BA w/RISP in the AL – it is now the lowest (.234)
- FEWEST runs SCORED in the league
- The ERRORS continue to mount – 45 is the MOST in the AL
BoSox and Halos and Giants, oh my! (5-5)
left bookend of the home stand the Sox…
~ great to take 2 of 3 from the Bostons (and I got to see both wins in person!!)
~ whodathunk the the combination of Vargas, Olson and Jaku could hold the Sox to only 11 runs and get two team wins? Way to step up!
~ and talk about shutting the door via the pen … ZERO runs given up by the bullpen all weekend!
~ game one: Ichi two homers and Yuni two walks – likely never to happen again 😉 ~ game three: 9th inning victories are fun and exciting!
right bookend of the home stand the Giants…
~ game one: best of both worlds, Randy pitches well and gets to pay his respects to the fans, but the M’s win
~ game three: Felix was more like Felix (though he had one rough inning) and nice to see Jr. and Adrian’s power displays (and Yuni walked twice more!)
~ series win = always good
Halos in the middle…
~ the hitting finally shows up (in the first two games) but then the pitching falls A-part
~ Ichi hits lead off home run in the third game of the series on Wednesday and the M’s would not score again (shut out on Thursday) until the bottom of the 6th vs. the Giants on Friday
Only 8 wins so far in the month of May and no back-to-back wins for the entire month.
A’s and R’s (2-3)
A+ for excitement…
~ 4 out of 5 games decided by one run
~ wins in the 9th are fun (especially when the winning run scores on a single after a 14 pitch AB)
~ wins in the 15th are pretty exciting too (especially when the tie is broken three times!)
Some of the positive pitching numbers…
~ second best ERA in the AL (3.79)
~ fourth highest number of K’s in the AL (184 – 14 above league avg)
~ fourth fewest number of BB’s in the AL (86 – 7 below league avg)
Some of the positive batting numbers…
~ leading the AL in BA w/RISP (.312)
~ second lowest strikeout total in the AL (148 – 29 below league avg)
Bats need to get a little battier…
~ 25 runs isn’t bad, but just a couple more runs and it’s easily a 4-1 home stand As for the pitching
~ third lowest BA in the AL (.261)
~ last in the AL in BB (73 – 24 below league avg)
DL stints all too common…
See previous post – let it not be a trend
color me perplexed…
~ Jarrod and Erik have AWESOME outings each going 7IP w/ at least 6 K’s and only 1ER) yet in both cases the team came away with the loss
~ Silva, Jaku and Felix all struggled in varying degrees from mightily to just not quite right, yet the team won 2 of those games