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September 12, 2008 at 10:43 PM

Walking off

The Angels enjoy celebrating. Two days after a wild champagne shindig when they clinched the division — probably a little over-the-top, considering it’s been a foregone conclusion for about three months — they found themselves in another joyous scrum last night.
Mike Napoli’s two-out, two-run blast off Miguel Batista in the ninth did the trick, but give an assist to Chone Figgins. He pinch-run after Batista walked Robb Quinlan, and obviously got in Batista’s head. He threw over several times to first in the course of Napoli’s at-bat. Figgins took off on 3-1, and Napoli ripped it over the left-field wall.
Was Batista too concerned with Figgins? He wasn’t around to talk, but Riggleman said, “If he was, it was my doing as much as anyone. If he gets to second, now a single beats you. You can’t not concentrate on him. Then he goes to second. You’re between a rock and a hard place.”
As he does frequently, Riggleman praised the Mariners’ effort and pointed out that other teams aren’t finding the Mariners to be the cakewalk their record would indicate. This time,however, he did it more colorfully than ever before.
“I’m proud to be associated with them,” Riggleman said. “If there’s someone in this league 30 games better than us, I’ll kiss your behind on main street and give you half an hour to draw a crowd.”
And on that note, adios. I’m heading as far away from main street as I can get.

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