Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Edge in a Hawks uniform

Apparently TJ Duckett is on his way out the door as I type.  The Hawks have singed once great RB Edgerrin James.  I liked him when he played in Indy, but he has aged since.  I am not sure what this will do for us in the long term.  It seems this brings more questions to our RB position than answers.  How good can someone be at RB with a sub-par O-Line?

We are 2-0 in preseason play, nothing to get too excited about expect this but we are seeing good progress under new coach Jim Mora Jr. 

First live game of the year, finally!

My wife and I, and a fellow couple, were able to make it to the A’s game last night.  Thanks to my wife for winning free tickets at the Ryan Rowland-Smith signing. 

The main highlight was Griffey’s homerun.  My first in Safeco, after seeing several in the Kingdome.  As always, I am thrilled to watch Junior in person.  Lopez also hit a home run, but the crowd reaction was not nearly as loud as it was from Griffey. 

Another highlight was watching Snell pitch.  For the past several years, I followed his progress through the Pirates organization and was thrilled he is now a Mariner.  He pitched well.  I had a small hope that his no-no for 4.2 innings would last, but my hopes were dashed. 

The M’s also won and the “DA” was able to hold onto the save.  All in all, a great night!  (But where was Ichiro?)

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Been a long time….

No, I am not quoting a line from a Boston song, but it seriously has been a very long time since I updated my blog.  A lot has changed

Betancourt is gone to the Mariner Alumni team, also known as the KC Royals.  Washburn was shipped off to Detroit from some good/great pitching, French and Robles.   

We also received Ian Snell, a pitcher that I have watched climb the Pirate ranks for several years now.  He had a pretty decent debut, but the due to lack of runs and no help from the pen, Snell took the L.  Along with Snell came Jack Wilson, a defensive maniac and locker room rock.  It will be nice to have an actual defensive player in the SS spot.  We did trade over Jeff Clement, a Bill Bavasi number one pick from several years back.  I am not sure if Jeff will see major league baseball in the near future, but he seems to play very well in AAA. 

Bedard is still and M, no surprise since he was injured, but I am afraid Bedard will walk at seasons end.  I think we will receive some draft picks if he does, but no guarantee. 

The M’s appear to be losing a bit on the post season fight.  I hope they can turn things around in August and September to make some sort of exciting run.  I am not holding my breath, however.