It’s hard to sit with a cup of coffee, maybe a cookie and find time to write a new entry when your life is chaotic. I won’t bore you with my latest antics but we’ll leave it at this; my life has been crazy.
Even that sounds like an understatement.
Over here in the
rainy beautiful Emerald City, more specifically at 1st Ave and Edgar Martinez Dr, lots have been happening. The Mariners organization has been busy. Busy dealing with arbitrations, busy signing new and old players, busy inviting players to Spring Training, busy having photo shoots with new players, busy mourning the departure of Branyan and Johjima….
….ok the last one is just me.
Like I said on my Twitter, I have waited too long to update my blog that I have no idea where to start. I’m going to machine-gun my way through some Mariners updates but please note that they are in no particular order.
1. Felix Hernandez is staying! For FIVE more years! I expected 2 or 3, but 5? I’m beyond ecstatic and I’m sure a lot of other Mariners fans are too. The exact number for Felix’s raise is not disclosed, but I’m guessing it’ll be a chunky amount compared to his 3.8 million salary last season! When you’re a Cy Younger runner-up, you deserve it.
Wow, I’m pretty confident when I say we have the most vicious 1-2 punch for our starting rotation in the entire Major Leagues. Sorry Angels, we’ll be dethroning you this season.
2. Mariners closer David Aardsma and relief pitcher Derek Lowe signed a one-year extension and both a raise in their salaries. They certainly both deserved the raise after their outstanding (especially Aardsma) performances in the ’09 season. Aardsma was 38 for 42 save opportunities, and Lowe was one of the only consistently dependable RPs for us last season.
3. Say hello to our new 1st baseman Casey Kotchman from the Red Sox. Please don’t ask me how I feel about this or I’ll start crying. I would like to ask our GM one question; why wasn’t Branyan a good candidate? Sure, he was injured but he did his job as the team slugger hitting 31 HRs and manned 1st base extremely well. Ok fine, I guess the M’s offered him a 1 year deal and he rejected it. Let me pout for a few seconds.
Ok I’m done. As a faithful Mariners fan, I should welcome Casey Kotchman with a smiling face and open arms. Casey, I wish you success in our amazing team but please don’t do anything that’ll make me regret the smiling face and open arms. Mmmkay?
Russell, I will miss you dearly and I wish you the best. I highly doubt that anyone in our lineup (so far) is going to blast 31 homeruns like you did last season. What are we going to do without a slugger like you? Eeep!
4. The Mariners welcome Brandon League as a result of a trade with Brandon Morrow. I don’t have much to say about this trade because it kind of feels like an even exchange. Both their ERA’s are kind of high, both had an unstable season. I do like his glasses though.
There you go, a quick update of what the
2010 AL West Champions Mariners have been up to. :] I can’t believe Spring Training is right around the corner; it feels like it’s been ages since I’ve watched baseball. Now that I’m back in the Pacific Northwest, I plan on going to a ridiculous amount of Mariners game this season. Besides, I have my game shirt ready and everything:
It was a gift from Santa! ♥
I know that wasn’t the world’s most creative entry title, but it explains everything, no?
I had to go to bed fairly early last night since today is my moving day (yes, I’m moving back to Seattle! Yay!) and I had to get an early start. Thus, I couldn’t watch the game whatsoever and in my mind I had decided that if the Mariners had lost against the Yankees, I wouldn’t write an entry. I mean hello, what better excuse is there to not write a non-victorious entry against the Yankees than to say, “I was too busy emptying my fully furnished apartment.”?
Yet I woke up this morning bright and early at 6AM and things were not according to plan. Yes, I would love it if the Mariners would win but I already had plans on boycotting this blog during my move for a couple days.
The first thing I did was click on my Blackberry’s Seattle Mariners Application to see how brutal the Yankees were on Felix and my boys.
3-2 Mariners VICTORIOUS?
Wait, what? When? Who? Why? How?
Not to say I didn’t have hope in my boys but it’s the Yankees, people.
I immediately ran out to the living room where my boyfriend was already awake and he says, “Did you check your M’s app? Ichiro had a walk-off.”
So I replied, “No, that was two nights ago.”
He said, “Do you think I’m stupid? I know that, but he had a walk-off homer last night against Rivera.”
WHAT! So we DID win and against the Yankees! Against Rivera no less!
I’M NOT DREAMING!!!!!!!! My hometown-homie (aka Ichiro…my boyfriend hates it when I call him that and as un-PC as it may sound, I say it because we’re both Japanese, born and raised.)
Anyway, bottom 9th, 2 outs, man on second base (thanks to Sweeney’s double!), Ichiro at bat, Rivera pitching his usual mean balls and…..
A 2 run homer to win the game 3-2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2 nights in a row, Ichiro wins the game with a walk-off (only his 3rd in the MLB career! Surprising, huh?)
Plus Felix got his career high 16th win!
I tend to use the adjective “amazing” repetitively to the point that it’s annoying but I can’t find any other words that describe Ichiro and what great things he does for the team and fans. “Amazing” sounds like such an understatement. Great? Phenomenal? Unbelievable?
If you missed it, check this video out.
Who gets a walk-off against Rivera? Not very many people, that’s for sure. Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps.
Unpredictable. That’s baseball for ya.