In Edgar Allen Poe’s famous story, the Cask of Amontillado an older nobleman, Montresor leads his younger friend, Fortunato who he is angered by and jealous of from a carnival masquerade into a wine cellar to be buried alive. Tricked by Montresor into intoxication, Fortunato is chained to a wall in a cellar niche […]Read More “In pace requiescat!” GUILLERMO HEREDIA HAS BEEN BURIED ALIVE!
Before anything else, you should know that Sean Barber’s umpiring career began with a snakebite. Okay, actually an eel bite. Working at a pet store to put his way through Community College Barber was attacked by a vicious eel and sustained a serious bite to the hand. The eel’s fangs went through a bone and […]Read More INCONSISTENT IN SEATTLE: SEAN BARBER’S STUPID STRIKE ZONE
For every beginning, there’s an end. The end, no matter if time is viewed as linear or cyclical, can through a change of perspective or a process of amelioration be considered the instigator of new beginnings. Yearly, by day, and by the minute things begin, and others end. Somethings are dragged out and others pass […]Read More ΑΩ: GORDON AND DIAZ ARE THE ALPHA AND OMEGA OF THE SEATTLE MARINERS
My father has the tendency to over congratulate mediocre things. For example, he often goes through a play-by-play of his day with me over the phone, and it usually includes his stop into McDonald’s for a cup of coffee. “Their coffee is really good,” he says. Is it actually REALLY good? I’m not saying their […]Read More THROUGH NO FAULT OF HIS OWN, FELIX LOSES AND I GO HOME TO WATCH FIELD OF DREAMS AND CRY
27 degrees at first pitch was the coldest start ever in Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins history. However, with the M’s 3-for-29 the last two games with runners in scoring position, they would have to fight the urge to curl up and fall asleep in the dugout to bust up the scoring iceberg. Yet, […]Read More MARINERS GO POLE-TO-POLE IN RECORD-SETTING COLD
Okay, so maybe not the worst, but the bottom of the 5th was bad. Felix Hernandez was throwing goose eggs and had already given up four runs on four hits with three walks. His location was off and his pitches looked flat—flat like the contents of an old 2-liter bottle of root beer from last […]Read More Bottom of the 5th: THE WORST INNING OF MY LIFE
“I hate to say it, but I think Felix is going to get shelled.” There was a part of me that agreed with my friend Mark as we stood in line at a hotdog stand outside Safeco Field. In the last two seasons, Felix Hernandez had started only 41 games and only 17 of those […]Read More FELIX GETS NASTY AS THE MARINERS EXCEED EXPECTATIONS IN A 2-1 OPENING DAY VICTORY AGAINST THE CLEVELAND INDIANS