A hug of silence for the trade of Mike Sweeney ....This day will live on in Mariners history. August 4th, 2010 - the end of the Hug-A-Lot era in Seattle.
Famous birthdays on this date include --- The current president of the U.S., Barack Obama, who was born in 1961. Also celebrating birthdays are Roger Clemens (1962), Billy Bob Thornton (1955), who might be the luckiest ugly, old man on the planet ... see Angelina Jolie and Monster's Ball.
And also finally on this date, Gerry Cooney , was born in Huntington, NY in 1956. Nicknamed the Great White Hope by some, Cooney had a career record of 28-3 with 24 knockouts. Most famously, he was knocked out by Larry Holmes on June 11, 1982. I remember watching that fight with my dad.It's one of the first fights I remember watching.
And on this date in baseball history in 1993 ...
After being hit by a Ryan Express fastball, Robin Ventura charges the mound to get at the 46-year old pitcher. Nolan Ryan responds by putting the White Sox third baseman in a headlock and punches him six times, much to the pleasureof the Rangers fans at Arlington Stadium.
Doug Fister looks ok. He hits Josh Hamilton with a pitch, but gets out of the inning by getting Vlad Guerrero to ground out. Any time a Mariners pitcher gets out Vlad it's a good thing.
Jose Lopez makes his presence felt, delivering a single up the middle with bases loaded to help give Seattle a 2-0 lead.
Fister gives up a lead-off double to Nelson Cruz, but finds a way to work out of the inning even after a two-out walk to Bengie Molina.
CJ Wilson is struggling. He gives up a one-out single to Ichiro, gets an out and then walks Kotchman. Franklin Gutierrez has a decent at-bat going, but strikes out.
Well, the two-run lead is gone for the moment as Josh Hamilton scored all the way from first on Vlad Guerrero's double to left. The ball kind of bounced around on Michael Saunders. Nelson Cruz followed with an RBI single to center.
Well, the two-run lead is back again. Jose Lopez singled sharply to right field (that's not a typo) and then Adam Moore steps up and drills a two-run homer into the Mariners bullpen. Good to see from Moore. M's back to leading 4-2.
a nice little 1-2-3 inning for Mr. Fister.
The M's add another run as Ichiro leads off with a double and later scores on Gutierrez's single up the middle. M's lead 5-3.
Well, this game changed a little. Doug Fister hits Elvis Andrus to start the inning. He then gives up a single to Michael Young. But he looks close to getting it out of it, by getting back to fly balls to center field, the second of which Gutierrez makes a beautiful leaping catch to rob Vlad of a homer in center. Fister did toss a wild pitch to score Andrus. But giving up just one run in the mess would have been ideal.
So with two outs, Wak decides to intentionally walk Nelson Cruz to get to David Murphy. It's sound logic. Cruz has monster power and is kind of hot right now. But I thought Wak may bring in lefty Chris Seddon, who was warming in the bullpen for a little left on left matchup. Instead Wak stays with Fister, who gets ahead 1-2 on Murphy. However he tries to elevate a fastball and doesn't quite get it high enough and Murphy crushed deep into right for a three-run homer. From there things only get worse, Fister give up two more singles and is pulled for Seddon. The lefty gives up two hits and including an RBI single and the Rangers now lead 7-5.
So Jose Lopez and Adam Moore dog it on pop out in foul territory with two outs. The ball bounces on the railing of Rangers dugout. It should have been caught. I will give Moore a little break cause he's a catcher and it looked like he had trouble finding the ball at first. Lopez wasn't even in the third base coach's box when it hit. The closest guy was the pitcher Garrett Olson. So of course, Moreland singles . So with Bengie Molina on second and Moreland on first, Elvis Andrus hits a ground ball to Lopez, who slightly juggles it. Instead, of turning and either tagging out Molina - the slowest baseball player alive - or beating him to the bag, Lopez hesitates and throws across the diamond to try and get out one of the fastest men in all of baseball.
Following that logic .... Lopez could have tagged out an ambling hippopotamus and instead tried throw out a cheetah at full speed.
Here's the following exchange between Kirby Arnold and I over the Everett Herald as Michael Young was walking to the plate.
Kirby: "I don't like where this situation is going."
Me: "What you mean the grand slam that Michael Young is about to hit?"
Next pitch .... BOOM ... Grand Slam.
So because of some bad baseball instincts, the Mariners now trail 11-6 instead of 7-6.
Unless something like a herd of Bison or super models storms the field or Figgins hits a home run, the updates may stop for a while.