It's August 7th and I really have nothing quippy or mildly amusing to say about it.
On this day in 1981, the Washington Star newspaper stopped publishing after 128 years. In the last few years plenty of papers have met their demise .. but that's a rant for a different blog - one that's not run by a newspaper.
Celebrating birthdays - Don Larsen (1929), who tossed a perfect game in the 1955 world series, former Seattle mayor Greg Nickels, who... well if you can't say anything nice about someone, then don't say nothing at all. Also hockey star Sidney Crosby was born in 1987 -- damn I'm old. And in 1942, singer B.J. Thomas was born. He sang this song, which seems appropriate for the weather today ...
On this day in baseball history ...you will find several notable occurrences ... but on this day in 2007 ...
In front of very supportive home crowd at AT&T Park, Barry Bonds surpasses Hank Aaron as the all-time home run leader as he connects on 3-2 pitch for #756 off southpaw Mike Bacsik of the Nationals. During the 10-minute celebration following the historic homer, a surprise video message is played on the scoreboard in which Hammerin’ Hank congratulates the Giants' left fielder for breaking the 33-year old record.
David Pauley walks Gregor Blanco to start the game - never a good thing. And after issuing a two-out walk, he's able to strike out Wilson Betemit to end the innin.g
The Mariners go down 1-2-3 to Royals starter Bruce Chen to start the game.
The Royals get a pair of runs as David Pauley gives up three straight one-out singles for a run and another scores on a fielder's choice. KC leads 2-0.
M's go down 1-2-3 again.
Pauley gets a much-needed 1-2-3 inning.
The M's get a hit - a two-out single from Jack Wilson, but nothing else.
Pauley just can't stay out of trouble. He gives up lead-off single to Alex Gordon and then walks Mitch Maier. But then he rallies to strike out Mike Aviles and Chris Getz and gets Blanco to ground out.
The Mariners are on the board as Russell Branyan launches his 14th homer of the season - a solo shot (but aren't they all) - over thew all in center. KC leads 2-1.
Somewhere in the eighth inning.
I swear I haven't forgotten about this game update, but really nothing happened. David Pauley got in more trouble but never gave up a run. Sean White came in and pitched ok, and the Mariners have done nothing against Bruce Chen.