On May 1st I started my own construction business and on the 8th James Paxton threw a no-hitter in Toronto, Canada. Things were good. On the 13th things took a nosedive. Mariners’ second baseman, Robinson Canó broke his hand and two days later, on the 15th, he was suspended for 80 games for testing positive for a […]Read More THE PROBLEM WITH JUDGING ROBINSON CANÓ
The Mariners won today and won a series away against the Cleveland Indians on their home turf. The Indians haven’t dropped a series at home since last year’s All-Star break. The Mariners snapped that streak by outscoring their opponents 32-18 and outhitting them 42-34 in four games. Besides the second game of the series, […]Read More BREAKFAST BALL CLASSIC: AN IMPORTANT SERIES WIN AND THE ABSURDITY OF IT ALL
Ballard, Seattle. Grandpa and Grandma bought the old house for nothing in the 1930s and raised their four kids in its two bedrooms. I spent a lot of time there, a lot of time with grandma while mom and dad divorced and worked all day. By nine-years-old, I loved baseball—Baseball cards, baseball gloves, […]Read More STAIRBALL
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
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
By first pitch on September 22, 2003, in Anaheim, CA the Seattle Mariners were two games behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL Wild Card race and four back from AL West leaders, the Oakland Athletics, with six to play. The 19-win, tall and frail looking pitcher who made a career of defying time […]Read More JAMIE MOYER: OLD AGE, TREACHERY, AND WHAT THE KING CAN TAKE FROM HIS LEGACY