Let this be the first “real” entry I’ve written since…oh, a month ago? Either way, too long ago! Not only do I finally feel settled back in the Pacific Northwest, but I even have internet! I haven’t been up to much, just working from home and waiting for a response from the interview I had last week (crossing my fingers!). No offense to any Michiganians but I am truly glad to be back here where I’m surrounded by friends and family and am extremely excited to see how my life pans out from here on!
First of all, congratulations to all the teams (and their dedicated bloggers) that are competing in post-season! I only wish I could say the same for my boys but it’s alright because this season has been such a huge turn-around for them; who would have thought we would go from 101 losses to 85 wins? I definitely didn’t! I believed in baby steps but apparently the Mariners are making much bigger steps than that!
Now speaking of making big steps into a successful season, I’d like to present to you the 2010 Mariners lineup DG style.
Skipper: Don Wakamatsu – No brainer here; as a first-time Major League skipper, he invented the “belief system” for the then-40-man-40-cab team of 101 losses in the ’08 season and with the help of Griffey Jr and Sweeney‘s amiable nature, Wakamatsu (aka Wak) made a family out of the team. ..and not to mention a winning season with 85 victories.
1st Base: Russell Branyan. Yes, this poses a couple problems. 1, he has been out of the active roster for the past month and a half with a herniated disk in his back. Apparently his back had been an issue for almost the whole season despite leading the team with 31 homeruns (none of the Mariners caught up to that even after he was placed on the DL) and setting career highs in RBIs and doubles…but that’s probably because Wak gave him a chance to play (also a career high) 116 games. Of course the other problem is his number of strike outs. 149 of them this season but perhaps it comes with swinging for the fences? Oh and another thing…Branyan was a gamble for the Mariners and only signed him for a year. Now he’s a free agent and although he’s expressed his intentions of returning, I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see.
2nd Base: Jose Lopez. Another no brainer, especially after this season where Lopez reached his career high in doubles (42), homeruns (25) and RBIs (96). He’s even nominated for the Heart and Hustle Award after his performance and improvement this season. With this years’ stats, he was one of the most productive AL second baseman.
Shortstop: This one is a complete tossup. Do I want solid defense and poor quality offense, or do I want mediocre defense in such a crucial position and a matching level of offense? I’m talking about Jack Wilson (mid-season addition from the Pittsburgh Pirates) and Josh Wilson (also a mid-season addition but from the San Diego Padres). Jack Wilson’s defense is stunning but it seemed as though he was having a hard time maintaining the same average from his Pirates days. As far as Josh Wilson, his defense is not as great as Jack’s yet his batting average is a lot better. I’ve talked to a lot of Mariners fans and interestingly they all fall 50/50. Who will climb to the top and take on the daily role of SS in ’10? Only the off-season improvements will tell.
3rd Base: This will largely depend on Beltre‘s return to the team or the lack thereof. Beltre is a management and fan favorite at third base which mean if he returns, he’ll be back manning the territory. However, the base is empty if he chooses to leave. Who would be able to fill Beltre’s shoes as far as defense goes? Jack Hannahan has played third base while Beltre was on the DL and did a phenomenal job, yet his batting average of .213 is not all too impressive. Perhaps Bill Hall, one of our newest members of the family from the Brewers can attempt to take on the role. However it’s the same issue as Hannahan; batting average issues.
Right Field: I’ve got 3 syllables for you and no explanation; I-CHI-RO.
Center Field: Franklin Gutierrez. Wow what a great idea to acquire Gutierrez from the Cleveland Indians! Not only can he play center field seamlessly, but this man can hit! He’s played very well batting after Ichiro with an average of .283 and 70 RBIs which are both career highs.
Left field: Oh boy, what a tough one. The most interchanged position of the season. We’ve had Bill Hall, Ryan Langerhans, Mike Saunders. We’ve already discussed Hall so onto Langerhans hailing from the Washington Nationals. He had a couple walk-offs which was memorable, but two walk-offs and a .218 average isn’t going to get you a permanent spot on the daily lineup. Now Mike Saunders seems like another management favorite although his batting average is .221; sure a little better than Langerhans but he did play more games than he did. Actually, I’m going to go on a limb and say Saunders. This is because my Grandpa loves Saunders and thinks he’ll succeed. But mostly because I love my Grandpa.
Catcher: Putting aside my bias for favorites, I’m going to call up Rob Johnson as next season’s daily catcher. He was Felix’s personal catcher all season and obviously he was successful. His offense struggles but are there many catchers with great batting averages with the exception of Joe Mauer? Johnson is such a fan favorite and I think I’m alright with Kenji Johjima being back-up. At the end of the season, we were introduced to Adam Moore. I can’t judge much considering he played only a handful innings but as far as watching him bat, I’m not too optimistic. Perhaps he’ll be back next season and prove me wrong.
Well there we go, If I were the GM, I would have it this way. A team mostly full of newbies but just enough veterans to keep them together. After this successful season, I can’t imagine them doing anything but get better, and it’s never been more exciting!
Now that I’m done moving out of my apartment for the most part (I’m living with my boyfriend till this weekend when I really leave Michigan for good), and Ichiro has reached his 200+ hit and all that the Mariners are doing now are playing the spoiler role (really well, if I say so myself), there’s so much wiggle room in my personal life and topics I can write on.
Then I remembered a guy commenting on one of my first entries ever. With the support of other bloggers (you know who you are), he was reported and blocked from commenting on any MLBlog ever from that point on…but anyway, I was thinking about what he had said. He was talking about (all in capslock) how I was writing this blog to get male attention, how I didn’t know smack about baseball, how females should never talk about baseball because we’ll never understand it as well as males do, how females only love baseball because of the tight uniforms and the players….
….and so I dedicate this entry to that guy.
I think it’s ridiculous that he thinks I can’t talk baseball, but mostly because he was such a sexist oink-oink. Sure, the ratio of men to women that can straight talk baseball or fill in a score-card properly is unbalanced but look at this blogosphere, what a great example! There are a lot of ladies that write fantastic blogs that can talk baseball for days and discuss stats with the best of ’em.
Another thing. I don’t think it’s unprofessional at all that the ladies like what they’re looking at. Puh-lease! You can’t tell me that guys watch beach volleyball or football or basketball or tennis without checking out the athletes or the cheerleaders! So for anyone to tell me that I can’t appreciate eye-candy when I see one? Boy, just build a bridge and get over it because I see it as just another way to appreciate the game of baseball aside from the stats, competition and pride for your team.
And last but not least? Trust me when I say I don’t watch 160-something games or learn the athletes names or keep up with stats or waste money on over-priced garlic fries and stadium seats just for male attention. You know why I say that? It’s because I’ve actually scared more than a few guys off with my baseball knowledge. Correct me if I’m wrong but that’s definitely not attracting male attention.
So that’s all the ranting from me…and now on to the good stuff (that’ll make that guy want to jump off a cliff). This is a compilation (in no specific order) of what I call : “My FHH List” [FHH=Future Husband Hopefuls]
1. David Wright (New York Mets)
2. Gil Meche (Kansas City Royals)
3. Russell Branyan (Seattle Mariners)
4. Jack Hannahan (Seattle Mariners)
5. J.J Hardy (Milwaukee Brewers)
That is all….for now ♥
I’m BACK! ♥
Like my entry title states, before I drive right into talking Mariners lingo, I thought I’d share some pictures with all of you of the Diamond Girly Family taking on the Emerald City (for the unfamiliar, aka Seattle) and of course Safeco Field. :]
First of all, some pictures of the gorgeous city of Seattle:
A cadid photo of my wonderful parents shopping downtown Seattle on our way to the market!
This is the world famous Pike’s Place Market! They have the most amazing fruits, veggies, seafood, flowers and various local deliciousness!
This is the Maximus Minimus lunch bus shaped like a pig. Their food rocks!
This is at the Llama Cafe right in front of Pike’s Place. I love sitting out on the patio under the colorful umbrella-ella-ella-ella (ok, so old).That’s my parents and my 16 yo little brother, Kevin.
I found the Pike’s Place Market Piggy! Throughout the city, there are several pigs decorated by various local artists and I’ve always wondered where this little guy was! Thanks Llama Cafe!
This is what the Space Needle looks like when you’re standing right at the bottom of it!
This is what it looks like when you climb up the 60 floor tall Space Needle! You can actually see Safeco Field and Qwest Field (the home of the Seahawks and Sounders)!
This is downtown Seattle at night. So pretty! ♥
Now now, how is this a Diamond Girl blog without pictures of a Mariners game?
My Dad and Kevin in front of the Ichiro wall.
My Dad, Kevin and I with the Guest Service guy on the segway. He’s quite the celebrity at Safeco Field!
This picture really doesn’t do it justice but my family were seated in the Terrace Club and it was amazing! Felt like a VIP! :]
We took advantage of the Grand Slam Family Pack Night so we got our free Pepsi product and a Minor League Dog! :]
This is what my Mom likes to call “Ichiro-watching”. She’s not much of a baseball fan so all she does is watch Ichiro. Unfortunately Ichiro wasn’t playing that night yet she managed to find him in the dugout. “Deena, he’s the one standing against the fence with his socks pulled up!” So funny!
Kevin and I enjoying the game. Yes, I tattooed my face with a Mariners logo :]
Kevin and I sharing an absolutely heart-burning yet amazing plate of the (in?)famous Garlic Fries. It’s the most delicious thing in the world, really! :]
My new favorite Mariner, Jack Hannahan!
Last but not least, Kevin and I very very happy about the Mariners sweep over the A’s!
I hope all of you enjoyed the pictures!
It was so nice to be able to turn on FSN NW and be able to watch the Mariners whenever I pleased! Now that I’m back to Detroit, I’m already back to watching GameDay which is severely painful for me! :[
The past week, the Mariners have impressed me. A lot of other teams like to call the Mariners the “spoilers” and I’m truly starting to believe that! They swept the Oakland Athletics, won 2 games out of 3 against the Los Angeles Angels, and have won 2 (so far) out of 4 games against the Oakland Athletics and of course hoping for a sweep once again!
I’m sure most Mariners fans (and some others!) are zoning into……..
Yes, Ichiro. Although he missed 8 games (which I’m sure made a lot of fans a tiny bit nervous), he’s apparently well on his way to getting 200 hits once again! 9 seasons in a row!
Ichiro hits count: 191
Mariners playing the Athletics for their 3rd game tonight: Anderson (7-10) vs French (4-4)
I’ve been ecstatic about the Mariners coming into town (Mo-town) and being able to watch them on FSN Detroit and of course being able to attend a game (tonight!) but boy was I disappointed within the first hour….no, first 30 minutes of the game.
Oh, I don’t know, I thought maybe the Indians game taught Olson a lesson or two but he just couldn’t keep his balls down. His fastball was too high and his curveball wasn’t, well, curving.
It was the cherry on top of this crappy pitching sundae when the somewhat struggling Ordonez crushed the ball for a grand salami in the bottom 1st with 0 outs. I went from pale (the second Ordonez swung) to raging red (when the bases cleared)…..
….gosh so stressful!
But did it end there? Oh heeeeeeeeeeeeeck no. (Ugh!)
Olson left the mound putting the Mariners in the hole after a mere 1.1 innings and yet gave up 7 runs.
And what better idea than to bring in Jakubauskas, the same pitcher they brought in after Olson last time they lost?
Jakubauskas gave up 3 hits, 1 run and injured Gutierrez. Gutierrez slammed into the back of CF and was rolling on the floor in agony. Apparently it’s too far from the pitching mound to the back of CF because Jakubauskas didn’t walk over to Gutierrez when he was down on the floor for a good 15 minutes while Ichiro, Lopez and Cedeno ran over to him immediately. He was trying to catch a ball that YOU let out that far and all you do is stand on the mound and scratch your head? Shame on you.
I give ♥props♥ to the Tigers fans though, because when Gutierrez finally got up and was assisted back to the dugout, they gave him a standing ovation. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy. Thanks Tigers fans! Apparently it turned out to be a slight concussion, bruised knee and arm so I’m glad it wasn’t anything serious. We love Gutierrez.
Jakubauskas ended up calming down a little bit and after the first 2 innings, our pitchers ended up only giving up 1 run (to Cabrera) but that didn’t mean it wasn’t disappointing.
As far as offense, I give them so much kudos because I went from hopeless to hopeful throughout the whole game. Even though we lost, we made the Tigers pretty nervous by inching closer almost every inning. Hannahan had two solo homers, Langerhans had a 2 run homer (with excellent defense!), Balentein had a homer, Ichiro had a hit and a run (is that even a surprise anymore?), Lopez went 3 for 5 with an RBI….
…sigh, four homeruns and that didn’t cut it. :[
Thanks to and on behalf of Olson and the rest of the pitching staff, Tigers fans can enjoy a free Arby’s roast beef sandwhich since they gave up 3 homeruns to the Tigers! Enjoy that, Tiger fans! I could technically get a free sandwhich but there’s no way I’m eating a roast beef sandwich covered with yummy horsey sauce and guilt!!!!
With all that said, I’m hoping tonight’s game between Felix and Gallaraga will be better. I had posted that it was Felix vs.Verlander, but apparently Leyland is saving their aces for the four game series against the White Sox that’s coming up. Gallaraga is going into the game with a 5.09 ERA while Felix enters with an amazing 2.41. It’s almost a given that we’d win….
….at least we should.
….but you never know in baseball! That’s the beauty of it though, isn’t it?
Plus I’m going to the game tonight so I should be all the luck they need! ♥ I told my boyfriend he should probably drive because I don’t want to risk any mean person to ruin this beauty:
[Yup, that’s my car.]
I’ve got my Johjima shirt, M’s cap, blue and green face paint and drinking plenty of fluids here at work so my throat will survive all the cheering (or yelling, hehe!) so I think I’m good to go! ♥
Tomorrow’s entry should be full of fun pictures and hopefully happy news! :]
P.S It was so fun and exciting to be quoted on the MLB website! My Dad and Grandpa would be proud! :]