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June 22, 2007 at 8:37 PM

Yes, there was a game tonight

Nice ceremony. Too bad the Mariners are still watching it someplace. Not on the field, as it’s 10-0 for the Cincinnati Reds in the fifth inning. Poor old Ryan Feierabend had the dubious duty of having to pitch with the distraction of what turned out to be a very emotional night, at least pre-game, because of the classy Ken Griffey Jr. ceremony.
“Never could I imagine that it would be like this coming back,” Griffey told the packed house of 46,340 — the sixth largest ever at Safeco Field. “I spent eleven years here, eleven wonderful years here. I met my beautiful wife here, two of my three kids were born here. This place will be home.”
Now, that’s more like it. That’s the kind of stuff you say to a city that worships you. Even if he was trying to be modest about the upcoming evening here, there is a classy way to go about it and an unclassy way. Griffey showed a lot more tonight than earlier in the week. It was hard not to root for him to get a hit in that first inning. I’d draw the line at booing Feierabend for throwing over to first base, though. A little too much booing of the home team tonight. Yes, the M’s are getting waxed, but when’s the last time that truly happened at home? Yes, the team looked pretty bad in Houston, but that was an exhaustion thing. This is just a simple beating laid on them. No excuses.
Feierabend did get squeezed in that first inning. I saw several pitches land in the strike zone that I could not believe were called balls. Neither could Mike Hargrove, I guess, because his fuse ran out real quickly with that second-inning ejection. I’d give Feierabend a Mulligan on this start and see what he does without a huge pre-game ceremony and an umpire whose glasses got lost with his airport luggage.
I’m sure there will be plenty of calls to add Griffey to this outfield after Raul Ibanez looked like he had cement cleats on while chasing down that three-run double in the first. As for Yuniesky Betancourt? Yes, he has a throwing problem this year and it isn’t going away.
The good news? The Angels are losing. The A’s got destroyed. Took a page out of Seattle’s defensive handbook.
Bad news? Uh, the Reds are the worst team in baseball? Had dropped seven of 11 heading into tonight? Never mind when Griffey is going to play here. How about Adam Jones and Wladimir Balentien? When are they coming, you ask? I’d say when the team falls completely out of it. Keep losing like this — now seven of the last nine to some pretty bad NL teams — and I’d say to look for some of those guys post-all-star break. And there’s only a couple of weeks to go before we reach that “halfway” point. Mariners are running out of time in a hurry.



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