Some of you were getting all riled up by the previous post, even dropping the “c” word (condescending) on me for my references to fans having a stompin’ good time in the midst of a 5-1 loss by the Mariners to the Oakland Athletics.
Hey, I support fans of all stripes. If you want to be serious, by all means do so. And if you want to fill up Safeco Field for two hours, 17 minutes of fun watching hydro races and banging your “I-chi-ro!” drum in the ninth inning of a four-run game, knock yourself out. That’s why I’ve decided to make this an all-inclusive blog post. A little something for everybody. So, if you want your Mariners coverage serious, with no monkeying around, I’ve included a post-game video of new manager Daren Brown up above. he’s pretty upbeat after a 5-4 homestand and a 2-1 record at the helm.
And for those of you who just want a little fun with your M’s coverage, I’ve included a video down below of a mountain goat using nature’s air conditioning in 80-degree temps last week in Glacier National Park in Montana. Shot it myself. Real family entertainment.
OK, let’s get serious again.
After today’s game, Russell Branyan, despite a loss in which his team was four-hit by Dallas Braden (better than getting no-hit by him, like the Rays, one supposes) said the environment around the clubhouse has been a little more palatable because of two consecutive series wins.
“Definitely,” he said. “When you lose, things are tighter. There’s a lot more thinking. Mentally, it’s on your mind a little more. But you hit the nail on the head. We won our last two series and it feels good to go out on the road. It feels good in the middle of a homestand. It’s a new routine coming in. It’s always nice to win.”
That’s for you serious types, the ones who still care about wins and losses, trends, that sort of thing.
For those of you more interested in simply leaving Safeco with a smile on your face, win or lose, here’s how Branyan really said the quote in question.
“Definitely,” he said. “When you lose, things are tighter. There’s a lot more thinking. Mentally, it’s on your mind a little more…that’s a pretty good quote right there. Mentally it’s on your mind…”
See? Branyan can hit a ball 600 feet and still make us laugh at the same time. Having fun now. Moving right along…
The Mariners put out packets of post-game notes after every home contest, so I thought I’d share some of them with the serious fans who want some interesting numbers to look at.
For instance, Chone Figgins saw a nine-game hitting streak come to an end today in which he had at least one hit every day this month and batted over .400 in the process. Quite impressive.
And Luke French went at least six innings for the third straight outing. He also gave up a season high four runs and season high three walks. OK, so that’s a bit depressing. But the serious fans, who want their numbers, know you can’t pick and choose.
You take the good. You take the bad. You take them both, and then you have…the facts of life. The facts of life. When the boys you used to hate you date, I think you’d best investigate…
Sorry, got a little carried away there. For you kiddies out there cheering pop-ups in the second inning today, you’re probably too young to remember Blair, Jo. Mrs. Garrett, Natalie and, of course, Tootie. Who could forget Tootie?
But for you, I have a fun stat, courtesy of the M’s.
Did you know that when Casey Kotchman grounded into consecutive doubles plays today, it marked the first time he had grounded into a DP this season? And only the third time since 2008?
So, why aren’t you on the ground laughing? Oh, wait. Yeah, I know, you don’t actually watch the games, so how could you know Kotchman had already grounded into 10 double-plays this season before today’s game was even played? Yeah, the M’s made a boo-boo in their notes. A funny one. Some of us think the prospect of Kotchman grounding into only three double plays in two years is all-out comedic. Hey, mistakes happen to the best of us. The M’s do a good job with their notes. This isn’t meant to razz them. It’s meant to give you fun-lovin’ fans a little giggle.
What’s wrong with that, after all? Like a goat cooling itself off spread-eagled on a mountainside patch of snow, baseball is meant to make us all smile from time to time. It’s been a long season, so thanks for reminding me that not everything has to be taken so seriously. Hey, I’m a fun guy. A funny one too. Thanks for reminding me to lighten up.
And make sure to have a good time taking the young’uns to see Karate Kid VIII tonight. That’s ten bucks of sheer value right there. Don’t forget the garlic powder on your popcorn.