Nightmare on Niehaus Street….Indians scalp Mariners 12-3

Mariners fans get ready for another long season

The Seattle City Council voted earlier this week to rename the section of First Ave. South that runs in front of Safeco Field : Niehaus Way in honor of Dave Niehaus the late great voice of the Seattle Mariners. Today as part of the touching pre-game festivities Dave’s wife Marilyn not only  threw-out the first pitch, but also earlier in the day unveiled the new street sign named after her husband.

 

 

Little did anyone know at the time that tonight’s Mariners Home-Opener was going to turn into a “Nightmare on Niehaus Street“. This one started out in the usual sort of Mariners way with our guys not doing much at the plate but the visiting Cleveland Indians being held to one run by Jason Vargas, until a fourth inning eruption by Erick Wedge’s old team that was nothing short of ugly. After the dust had settled the Cleveland Indians had scored 10 runs on 10 hits off Vargas and new Mariners pitcher Tom Wilhemsen in front of a cold and disappointed sell-out crowd of 45,727, many of whom did not stay around to watch all nine innings as the Indians went on to scalp the Mariners 12-3..

 

The Indians fresh off of a three game sweep of the Red Sox sent Carlos Carrasco to the mound tonight and he appeared to have the Mariners hitters fooled from the beginning of this fateful game coming out after 6 frames giving up only a single run in the 5th on an Ichiro RBI single. The twin pillars of Baseball genius Howard Lincoln and smiling Chuck Armstrong were out on the field looking smug as usual during the pre-game festivities as Felix Hernandez and Ichiro were awarded their Cy Young and Gold glove awards respectively. I am not sure how Howard and Chuck can sleep at night with the way they have run this team and our community spirit into the ground, but I have a feeling with money tight and another mediocre team on the field  our local Seattle fans may start voting with their feet and stay home this season if this sort of game is what we have to look forward to.

 

As I looked around the stadium in the 7th inning it appeared to me that a lot of the fans had already left for home which makes it even harder for us hardcore fans who watch this club year after year when we know that many if not most who come down to Safeco are not that invested in winning or losing but just go for something to do. Of course Chuck Armstrong and Howard Lincoln figured this out years ago and thus gear things towards the family-fun crowd and young singles looking to party rather than doing what it takes to put a winning team on the field. But of course I will head down to the Safe sometime during this home-stand and help keep the economy flowing with my hard-earned cash, at least as long as the US Government is still open and printing Greenbacks…Go M’s! http://jeffsmariners.com

 

 

Comments

  1. Scott says

    My wife and I headed down to the home opener last night with two of our good friends who bought us tickets as our wedding gift. I remember Ichiro leading off the game with a single, then an unfortunate and unlucky hit and run line drive double play by Figgins. It was then and there I had a bad feeling about the game.
    The four of us did manage to have a good time and left in the top of the ninth. There were Safeco staffers waiting for us as we exited with coupons for free soda and sentiments like “Thanks for coming, we couldn’t have done it with out you.” It felt like Lincoln and Armstrong were speaking vicariously through this 20-something girl handing me the coupon because it is difficult to figure out what the “it” is that I helped with last night after a 12-3 embarrassment.

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