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July 6, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Royals 3, Mariners 2: Bartman visits Seattle? Or just another night at Safeco Field?

UPDATE 10:15 p.m.: Very quick and I’ll be back with more. But as I suspected, there was a reason Ichiro did not steal second. Turns out, Jack Wilson was stealing on his own. Yes, you heard right. The pitcher had a slow 1.7-second delivery time and Wilson had the green light. The trail runner wants to go in that situation, but Ichiro admitted that he did not get a good jump, as he might have if the steal had been called for. He said it was a tough play and that was confirmed to me by all the principals involved. So, no, he is not Alex Gonzalez tonight. And yes, the fan really does look bad here. They were laughing at him inside the Royals clubhouse. More in a bit.
Keep getting in all kinds of trouble for my comments about some of the fans who attend games here. And I’m sure the poor kid who reached over the stands down the right field line in order to snag that Russell Branyan double in the eighth really just wanted a souvenir to cap a nice evening at the ballyard.
So did Steven Bartman in 2003 if i remember. Hey, even Chicago fans aren’t perfect.
The difference is, this guy at Safeco Field tonight, who forced Ichiro to stop at third base on what was ruled a double by Branyan because of the fan interference, at least won’t have his life ruined by this.
And hey, let’s be honest. Every Bartman needs his Alex Gonzalez. You know, the Cubs shortstop whose muffing of a routine double-play grounder in that NLCS playoff game allowed the Marlins to come back and make Bartman an anti-hero?
Well, let me say that Ichiro did not head to second earlier in the inning when Jack Wilson stole third base. Usually, the trail runner follows suit. Had Ichiro done that, he’d have scored on the Branyan ball and we wouldn’t be talking about the kid in the green shirt with the earring, who politely (but obliviously) tried to high-five David DeJesus when he tossed him back the ball after saving the Royals a run.
Ichiro often has good reasons for not doing things that seem routine and obvious. We’ll try to find out.

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