Sunday, April 19, 2009

Hot start

Matching that of what the M's were able to accomplish back in 2001 going 7-3 in their first 10 games. Keeping in mind that the first 7 were on the road. Now that they have returned to the Safe and the crowds welcome Griffey with open arms, the M's have lost 3 of the last 4 games.

I missed all of Sunday's contest, but it appears that we did not play well. We ate the ace of the Tigers lineup on Friday in Verlander, but since have lacked offense. Our bullpen, on the whole, has been pretty good. Morrow is our "closer" when possible. Despite his big blown save back in the twin cities, he appears to be back on track for a decent season.

We made two great moves in the Putz trade, acquiring both Franklin Gutierrez and Eddy Chavez. Eddy has been electric at the plate, and Gutierrez has offered us some great defense and timely hitting. I don't think we are a 90 loss team as predicted, I think we will make the West competitive.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Big day in Seattle sports

Whether you like baseball or not, most people do enjoy a good story. Today, we have a great story being told at Safeco Field, Griffey returns to the place where it all happened. The excitement surrounding today has rivaled that of the 1995 run to the playoffs. I really wish I could be there, as the crowd should go crazy when they hear his name. He was very well received 18 months ago when he played here wearing a Reds uniform. I expect the crowd to be even louder this time around. (In fact, the home pitcher was boo'ed for pitching 2 straight balls to Griffey, everyone wanted to see him hit.)

I think many of us view this as a sign of loyalty in a sport that players appear more like mercanaires. Griffey wanted to come back and this fan base wanted him to come back. A playoff run would some nice icing on this cake, but right now I am basking in the glow of his return.

(Plus Silva is pitching, not really a strong start at home)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Kindle 2 update

I have had my Kindle 2 since February 27th, so I thought I would write up a short update review.

I love it! For the first time since Feb. 27th, I had to charge it over the weekend. Over the course of those 6-7 weeks, I read most nights. I finished "Old Man and the Sea", "Free Range Chickens" and read 65% of "For Whom the Bell Tolls". Plus other random minutes playing with it, showing it off, and trying to read the users manual. I read anywhere from 4 to 45 pages a night or on the plane. I also left my wireless off except for a few short moments (daylight savings update and downloading new books).

I love this device. This is exactly what I, a non-reading-tech-oriented person, needed to get into reading. I am sure many "traditional" book worm types find this behavior odd, but I am currently reading books that I would have never thought of reading.

Obviously, this is not for everyone. I see that "Curious George" is out in Kindle form. This is one of those books that needs a child to flip page, by colorful page.

I have not, nor foresee, signing up for newspaper subscriptions, so I cannot comment on this feature.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Bring on Baseball!!!

The sun is finally showing hear in the Emerald City. Nothing like wishing for the best for the M's on Monday. For the first time in a long time, Ichiro will not make an opening day start due to a bleeding ulcer.

To be honest, I have been behind on my Mariner news. I am not sure how our final roster will shake down, but it sounds like we had a few surprises during the Spring. Felix, not Bedard, will be handed the ball Monday in the twin cities.

The Mariners suffered their first financial loss, since moving to Safeco Field, in 2008. I am not too surprised, but it does speak well to the loyal fan base. The M's have not seen October since 2001 and it took 7 more years to make it into the red. With the return of Griffey, the M's should be back in the black at the end of 2009.

With the A's and Rangers expected to give the defending Angels a good battle for first, the M's are expected to finish dead last this year. I don't see 101 loses in our future, but we could very well make the AL West a competive and exciting division.