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Game thoughts…. vs. the Texas Rangers, March 31

Post by Ryan Divish on March 31, 2008 at 6:52 pm with No Comments »
March 31, 2008 6:52 pm

With most games being on TV and radio, I’m not going to do constant updates, but I’m going to write things during the game, that might not be picked up TV or radio.

And other thoughts as well.

First of all, the roof will be closed for the game today.

Dave Niehaus got a standing ovation for throwing out the first pitch. He was wearing a tux, which isn’t exactly Dave’s style. To make matters worse it looked like his pants may fall off.

Game time temperature 50 degrees.

First pitch at 3:46 pm.

6:46 — ahhha, huuhhh, ahhhh, THUNDER. That’s right it’s JJ time. I have to give Kudos to the Mariners staff, his video is even cooler than last year.

6:35 — says its 45 in Seattle, perhaps in places other than Safeco. The sun is out a little, but its cold, just look at my boy John McGrath…

6:21 — after a nice piece of hitting with the double down the line, Jose Lopez has my first “what were you thinking moment” getting thrown out third trying to steal. He was in scoring position with the No. 3 hitter up. hmmmmm. I’m guessing that steal wasn’t called.

6:06 – sorry for the delay, I had to finish up something for the paper. Great hustle by Beltre on that ground out to beat out the double play turn and let the go-ahead run to score. There no chance of scoring Sexson’s pop up, Hamilton has one of the best arm’s in the major leagues.

Here’s a photo from News Tribune from the game…

5:25 — It’s officially snowing outside of Safeco Field, Wow. SEan Green is entering the game for Bedard in the sixth. Here’s his line 106 pitches (59 strikes). He pitched five innings, allowing one run on three hits, he walked four and struck out five.

5:01 — Bedard’s 94th pitch was clocked at 96 miles per hour. He’s getting stronger as the game goes on, I wonder if he’ll have a pitch limit.After all it is the first game. Also the temperature just dropped considerably as the wind is starting to come throught from left field.

4:40 — the Seattle PI’s John Hickey just got hit in the hand by a foul ball in the press box, and it hurt. It’s pretty cold in here and your hands get pretty raw. and Rangers manager Ron Washington and the dugout just got issued a warning from Joyce about jawing from the bench. It’s the top of the third and Bedard has thrown 77 pitches already. Joyce still refuses to give him the inside corner.

4:17– home plate umpire Jim Joyce is a little tight with his strike zone, he’s called a few pitches that looked like strikes balls, he’s really not giving up that inside corner on right handers.

4:10 — so much for this whole going deep into the game stuff, Bedard is at 32 pitches the first batter into the second inning. Paging Sean Green, Eric O’Flaherty — you will be pitching on opening day.

3:52 — Jose Lopez should have made that play. They ruled it a hit. I really don’t get what Richie is doing there, he probably could have made the play and I think Lopez was expecting him to. Jose should know better.

3:49 — The fan that caught Michael Young’s home run off of Erik Bedard won’t throw it back despite the pleas of the people in the right field stands. You gotta throw it back.

Bedard fell behind threw a 3-1 and threw a fastball, most major leaguers are going to put a good swing on it when they are sitting fastball, but a good hitter like Young, well it’s pretty dangerous.

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