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April 7, 2007 at 6:20 AM

Snowing this morning

Just woke up, looked out the window and can’t even see Lake Erie from my hotel room any more. The snow is falling just as hard as it had been during Friday’s attempted game. It’s blowing around and accumulating as well. If I had to guess, I’d say the likelihood of getting both games in today is next to none. But, considering this is Seattle’s only trip in here, I’d say they’ll do all they can to play at least one. Good thing the start time isn’t for another four hours or so.
They’re calling Friday’s cancellation a snow job in Cleveland. The Indians held a team meeting after the game and suggest they may carry a “chip” on their shoulders the rest of the series. Chip or not, “Griping Grover” is getting his due.
Here’s a good line. One area paper says Indians starter Paul Byrd “thought that Hargrove had pulled an invisible rabbit from his cap and somehow persuaded the umpires to feed it carrots.” Those were the reporter’s words, not Byrd’s. But they accurately sum up the feeling of those who watched Mike Hargrove in action Friday.
Looks like the Mariners and their fans are ticking people off from coast-to-coast these days. Out in Los Angeles, Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez had some choice words for Derek Zumsteg of U.S.S. Mariner fame. K-Rod was told Friday that MLB is dropping it’s “investigation” of photos posted on a different Web site that Zumsteg is using to promote his new book. The posted photos appear to show Rodriguez reaching for some type of substance under the bill of his cap between pitches. The Angels say the substance was rosin from Rodriguez’s fingers touching the cap.
“It’s easy for a guy sitting at his desk, watching television, to put pictures on the Internet,” Rodriguez told the Los Angeles Times on Friday. “But I hope he has something better to do than to mess with people. He has no clue what he’s writing about. I don’t even know who he is.”
Oh well. At least K-Rod didn’t accuse Zumsteg of sitting in his mother’s basement eating maccaroni and cheese all day.
Zumsteg emailed me wanting to clarify that he posted the photos on his own Web site, not USS Mariner — on which he is one of two key authors — and as a fan of baseball, not the Mariners in particular. I think that was pretty self-explanatory in this one case, though. In every other case, Zumsteg remains a Mariners fan and helps run USS Mariner. And he may have just helped torpedo, at least for one game, the star closer on the first-place team in the AL West. That’s what we call enjoying one’s 15 minutes.

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