I had a lot of options last night as far as what to do with my spare time and recreation dollars, but like a good loyal Seattle Mariners fan I decided to head down to Safeco Field to see if our boys could finish off the Astros and get their first sweep of the season. In addition rookie catcher Mike Zunino was scheduled to make his major-league debut so I did my usual routine of grabbing a box seat off one of the scalpers for cheap, this time 25 bucks, and headed into enjoy a nice semi-cloudy evening in Seattle along with 13,000+ Mariners fans.
Though this game was kind of boring with these two powerhouse clubs unable to mount any sort of offense until the Mariners finally broke through in the eighth inning when Nick Franklin drove in Chavez with his third hit of the night much to the delight of the hard-core fans like myself down at the Safe. Mike Zunino had a nice game as well throwing out a runner and picking up his first major-league hit ,and just generally look and athletic and ready to be a Big Leaguer. I am glad to see him and Nick Franklin up with the Big Club as they seem to be hungry and athletic enough to make a difference. We’ve seen a lot of these guys come up and down the past three or four years so I have a pretty good idea of which ones are really athletic and which ones are sort of posers, and unfortunately it looks like Michael Saunders is putting on his posing act again and is ready for a trip to Tacoma. Perhaps he can switch out with Dustin Ackley after he regains his confidence as an outfielder in a week or so and he keeps hitting down there.
Jeremy Bonderman pitched one heckuva game, I was out in the bullpen in the bottom of the eighth when Tom Wilhelmsen was warming up , after we scored a run the “Bartender” sort of sat down and I thought hey maybe Eric Wedge will leave Bonderman in and let them finish out the game and get the victory as he deserved. But as we all know Eric Wedge had to bring in the bartender who really looks like a drunk who was relapsed recently, and then we got to see an absolute nightmare meltdown as Wilhelmsen and Medina surrendered six runs in the ninth inning to take the wind out of our sails completely and send us all home shaking our heads once again . I hope Chuck Armstrong and Howard Lincoln are happy with what has become to this once respected and winning franchise, those two truly are a cancer and as everyone knows nothing really is going to change around here until they go. Yes I know Jack Z and Eric Wedge are on the hotseat, but as usual Howard and Chuck will slink away and hide in their plush seats up above looking down at us hapless fans……Oh what a dismal life it is to be a Mariners fan…
So now the Mariners get a day off before traveling down to Oakland to take on the red-hot Athletics with so many question marks and things up in the air that I don’t even know where to start. I suppose I will leave that to all the great stat-geeks and their hotshot Mariners blogs out there, but really even those guys are baffled now as all of their prospect development plans have fallen through and they too are left with just this dismal product that Chuck and Howard put out on the field year after bloody year . I’m sure not too many of you are reading this as this town is rapidly turning into a soccer town in the summer months to go along with our wonderful outdoor activity, but for those who are I feel your pain. I’m going to take a drive down to Portland this week and be like the guy from Lookout Landing and just comment on the Mariners from afar , maybe that will be a little less dismal … Go Mariners!http://jeffsmariners.com
There is nothing like a beautiful Seattle Day in the summer, and today was perfect indeed so good in fact I decided to meet-up with some friends and head down to Safeco Field tonight to watch Felix Hernandez take on the struggling Chicago White Sox. As it turned out King Felix did not have his best stuff early on, surrendering a first inning run to the Chisox. But our Boys Of Summer answered right back in the bottom half of the frame thanks to the veterans Kendrys Morales and Raul Ibanez who drove-in three runs in the first, highlighted by a 2-run shot off the bat of the timeless wonder Ibanez who now has 11 dingers on the year to put himself in a tie with Michael Morse for the team lead.
Of course even though Ibanez did drive-in a couple more runs in the third to hep drive Jake Peavy out of the game, the Mariners had contributions from a few other guys tonight in what was a fun night at Safeco Field.
Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 to raise his average to .303, while Franklin also had a pair of hits and is batting .292 after eight games in the Majors.
And Felix did manage to settle down after giving-up a Home Run to Adam Dunn in the second and from then on the Ace didn’t allow another hit until the eighth inning when the Sox added a couple more runs to make things even more interesting on a night made for baseball. Sometimes writing a Mariners Blog can be a bit tedious but tonight’s game reminded me of how lucky I am to live in a city with a Major league team and why this work is a labor of love.
The Mariners are now 26-33 with a chance at their first sweep of the year tomorrow in an afternoon affair with Hitashi Iwakuma on the mound. I may just head back down there in the morning…..Go Mariners!http://jeffsmariners.com
This weekend was the first summer weekend in as long as I can remember where I didn’t either play softball myself or at least listen or watch a Mariners game. Instead while many of you suffered through a couple of tough mariners losses, I set-up my first table from the Gordon ” Dusty” Rhodes collection in Shoreline as part of the WSSCA summer show for collectors of Sports cards and memorabilia. I had a blast talking to everyone and look forward to meeting and sharing this game with the other serious collectors from around the NW. My “Rookie Show” went off without a hitch and though I really had no intention of selling items like 1931 Yankees piece or my newly obtained Babe Ruth signed ball, I did get some ideas on how to advance my involvement in this hobby and thus keep my love for Baseball alive.
The national show is coming-up in a couple of months outside of Chicago and there is an off-chance I may attend but I will probably wait another year in order to get some of my stuff graded by PSA and acquire more items like the autographed photo of Hall of Famer Charles “Red” Ruffing pictured below to trade or sell:
Time will tell where this new aspect of the game will take me but at age 55 I’m just glad to have another couple of innings to play! Go Mariners! http://jeffsmariners.com
Just thought I”d let all my readers know that this weekend up in Shoreline I’m going to be displaying the Baseball Memorabelia collection I have built thanks mostly to the old items I inherited from my Grandfather Gordon “Dusty” Rhodes. This should be a fun event with all the details listed below and I hope to talk Baseball, meet other serious collectors and maybe swap or sell a few items if the price is right.I will have a recording of a game from 1936 that Dusty pitched in playing on my computer with copies for sale along with other interesting photos, and autographs like those below for any of you serious fans of the game. Come check it out!
Just a quick update on the Washington State Sports Collectors Association’s 41st Annual Summer Convention.
Dates/Hours are: Saturday, June 1 – 9 to 5 pm; Sunday, June 2 – 9 to 3 pm.
Location: Meridian Park Elementary School, 17077 Meridian Avenue North in Shoreline Washington.
For more Convention information, see our web site at: www.wssca.net
Twenty-nine Dealers from Utah, Washington, California and Oregon will be setting up on 43 tables.
All 43 Dealer tables have been sold out since mid-April. If you’re interested in getting on our waiting list, in case table(s) should open up, contact: Andrew at 206.914.1614 or email@example.com . Cost per table, if available, is $100.00 which covers both Saturday and Sunday.
We will once again be holding drawings, both Saturday and Sunday, for $600.00 in Show Merchandise Gift Certificates.
The Seattle Mariners are out of town, that weekend.
Admission is $2.00 per day; Children under 7 years, free. Lots of free, accessible parking.
No Beanie Babies, Comics, Pokemon or Magic Cards – just the BEST in Sports Cards and Memorabilia! Come see for yourself why we’ve been doing this for 41 consecutive years – the longest in the Hobby.
Hope to see you at the Show!
P.S. Don’t forget about WSSCA’s 7th Annual Winter Convention in November, 2013. Dates to be announced.
Rookie second baseman Nick Franklin had a big day today as part of the Mariners home run barrage in support of their ace Felix Hernandez in the 7 to 1 thumping of the San Diego Padres. Franklin hit homers in both the sixth in the eighth inning to let people know he was here to play, and that all his success in college and the minor leagues was no fluke. Franklin’s dingers were part of a five home run day for the Mariners offense, the highest output of the year so far enabling the Mariners to split the interleague series with the San Diego Padres 2-2 and get out of town in order to fly to Minnesota to take on the struggling Twins.
Unlike the much heralded Dustin Ackley, Nick Franklin has climbed the ladder since being drafted in 2009 without as much fanfare as his counterpart who finds himself down in Tacoma fielding grounders now. I like Nick Franklin, he’s got that extra edge and energy necessary to make it in the big leagues, Ackley just seemed to be to blasé whereas Franklin seems genuinely excited , focused, and intense.Time will tell if the young Nick Franklin will be capable of producing on a consistent basis here with the Mariners, but today’s bombs will go a long way to help convince Eric Wedge to keep in him in the lineup for now.
It was nice to see Felix Hernandez pitch a gem today going eight innings , fanning three and only allowing three hits and a run after a couple of rough outings for the Mariners Ace.Of course as we all know the King is not used to getting much offensive support so today’s power display came as a welcome change of pace for the King. As we all know the Mariners have not been much of a home run team over the past three seasons but today’s output of five homers by Kendrys Morales,Ende Chavez, and Brendan Ryan along with Nick Franklin gives the squad 64 homers with only one-third of the season gone. Of course home runs are only one part of the equation, and there is no point in getting too excited as the Mariners still find themselves eight games under .500 before heading to Minnesota.
As this season moves along it is become apparent that Kendrys Morales is the real deal, Morales had another great today going two for four to bring his batting average up to .298 and he now leads the team with 31 RBIs . Brendan Ryan is making a miraculous comeback at the plate himself which helps solidify the middle infield with Nick Franklin rounding out the double-play duo. After all the hoopla about Justin Smoak, Dustin Ackley, Michael Saunders and Jesus Montero the Mariners are fielding a team at this point in the season that looks quite different then what was anticipated earlier on in the spring, which is fine by this Mom and Pop Mariners Blog, I’ll take a win however we can get at this point…. Go Mariners!http://jeffsmariners.com