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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Tuesday Morning Sports Report

posted by on April 3 at 9:59 AM

Yes, Bobby Crosby was as responsible for our team’s win yesterday as the Mariners offense, but it was King Felix who ruled the day. And even ESPN managed to looked westward and notice it:

Seattle’s Felix Hernandez vs. Oakland (8 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 12 K) Joins elite list of pitchers to whiff a dozen batters on Opening Day since 1975: Nolan Ryan, Bob Gibson, J.R. Richard, Randy Johnson (twice), and Pedro Martinez.

In the P.I., Art Thiel reports:

Already halfway to their 2006 win total against the Oakland A’s, the Mariners’ weapons-grade giddiness in the Opening Day clubhouse Monday evening was understandable.

Yet none of his teammates saw the squinty-eyed grin Felix Hernandez flashed reporters as he offered his final remark in the interview room.
“We’re going to make some noise this year,” he said.

While in the Seattle Times, Larry Stone sees hope in Richie Sexson’s three-run blast in the sixth inning:

It might have seemed to the outside world that this spring marked a regression. Sexson was, after all, 0 for 18 to start the Cactus League, and finished with just two extra-base hits in 59 at-bats.

But Sexson was looking for more subtle signs, and he found them. The swing began to feel grooved in the final two weeks, even if the results didn’t reflect it. The gambit of taking strikes, of working on hitting the ball up the middle, convinced him — and his manager — that the average was irrelevant, because the mind-set was solid.

So when Sexson stepped up in the sixth Monday with two outs, runners on first and third after Raul Ibanez’s sacrifice fly, Haren trying desperately to limit the damage of shortstop Bobby Crosby’s second error, he was ready.

Meanwhile, U.S.S. Mariner simply asks, “Johan Who?”

Tonight: Game two, Washburn vs. Blanton.

Elsewhere: Thanks to A-Rod the Yankees skirted an embarrassing opening day loss to the Devil Rays. And as for Boston: Any time Curt Schilling receives a shellacking I’m a happy man. Plus, Gil Meche—no, really—looked good in his first Royals start. Both Detroit and the White Sox went down in defeat. And the Reds spoiled Sweet Lou’s Cubs debut.

In Non-Baseball News: It’s safe to say Florida absolutely owns Ohio State; the Seahawks won’t be playing the Patriots in China after all; and the smart money is on Tiger at Augusta.

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Don't forget the World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals, who looked pitiful against the Pond Scum Mets Sunday night...

Posted by Mike in MO | April 3, 2007 10:37 AM

If you count auto racing as a sport, I see NASCAR is looking for a more welcoming neighborhood in the state for a proposed race track since Bremerton bowed out. Why doesn't NASCAR look on the East of the Cascades? Spokane seems more likely to have NASCAR fans and the city may be more inclined to foot the bill if they think people would actually travel East of the Cascades to watch people drive in a circle.

Posted by elswinger | April 3, 2007 10:37 AM

No, don't ruin Spokane. Stick it in Garfield County. It might save them from going bankrupt.

Posted by Fnarf | April 3, 2007 10:50 AM

washburn looks like a teddy bear. i don't trust teddy bears as pitchers.

Posted by sisser | April 3, 2007 11:08 AM

Putz looked solid, too. Threw just 10 pitches.

Posted by DOUG. | April 3, 2007 11:49 AM

spectator sports help keep citizens fat & complacent. through its spectacles & rivalries, nationalism is fomented & aided. conceited halfwits are made millionaires, the lumpenproles feel comforted that america is a land of opportunity, if only for the physically gifted, and the rich get richer while whining about the burden of ownership.

Posted by Max Solomon | April 3, 2007 12:41 PM

Grind axes much, Max?

Posted by Matt from Denver | April 3, 2007 12:50 PM

@2 - NASCAR is bigger in the South Sound and Peninsula then in Eastern WA. Right now there are 2 locals doing really well in NASCAR, Greg Biffle and Kasey Kahne, and they're both west siders, i believe. Please don't make fun of me for knowing that.

Posted by longball | April 3, 2007 1:08 PM

"No, don't ruin Spokane."


too late for that, fnarf.

Posted by josh b | April 3, 2007 1:36 PM

I didn't mean to dis NASCAR (though I prefer demolition derby) or the East Side. But it seems like that side of the state would benefit from the tourism.

And Max is just Shoshana with a strap on.

Posted by elswinger | April 3, 2007 1:41 PM

Aw, Spokane's kind of cute.

Posted by Fnarf | April 3, 2007 2:15 PM

elswinger - you draw scary picture inside me head.

hey, how about that kid Travis Buck? I guess it's cool he's from Richland. That Sexony shot he hit off the center field wall was pretty impressive from the big lassie - his first hit in the majors.

I didn't realize that Felix only faced the A's once last year, while Piniero had six starts against them.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | April 3, 2007 3:28 PM

Spectator sports also allow people like Max Solomon to maintain the smug self-deception that they are somehow better than the people involved in owning, playing, or watching professional sports teams. Which is rather sad, really, since they end up employing all the big words in their vocabularies only to tacitly reveal the envy they feel at those richer, more attractive, and happier than themselves.

Posted by Joe | April 4, 2007 1:41 AM

...and who have that magical combination of a clear mind and the physical pedigree that are the top attributes of any pro athlete.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | April 4, 2007 8:59 AM

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