Well, I made my flight, after taking possibly one of the scariest, most expensive cab rides ever. I’m not certain, but I think I may have similar pain in my neck that Franklin Gutierrez is experiencing after my cab driver used his breaks in the jump on them with two feet method.
Anyway, a great win for the Mariners. It wasn’t pretty offensively. Manager Don Wakamatsu called it “scratch and claw.” I guess Mike Sweeney’s RBI double was “scratch” and Wlad Balentien’s RBI fielder’s choice “claw.”
It was enough for Washburn, who was extremely candid following his fourth straight win to improve to 8-6 on the season and lower his ERA to 2.71.
We talked with Washburn who was very candid about the team, the standings and the trade deadline.
When asked about the Angels, he said …
“You pay attention. Our goal is to catch ‘em, so you pay attention, keep an eye on what they’re doing. All we can control is what we’re going on the field. We have to keep playing the way we are now and try to win the first game of a series. Then stay within striking distance when we really have a chance to control our fate, when we’re playing Texas and the Angels head to head. All we can control is what we’re doing. You pay attention. It’s just human nature to pay attention. But all we worry about is what we can control.”
In fact it was Washburn who first mentioned the trade deadline, not us.
To start the second half strong, a lot can happen, the trade deadline is coming up. We know the only way we can control what’s going to happen is at least try to make the decisions hard for Jack. Hopefully, we won’t be in a position we’re going to be selling the whole team off. I think we’re making it hard on him. Let’s see what he ends up doing, but we’re happy with the way we’re playing. We definitely need to come out and start the second half strong to continue the momentum we had at the end of the first half.
Given the opening we kept firing questions …
We asked if the feelings change depending on how things work out
“I’d say it’s a day to day feeling. A lot can happen in a day. Guti hitting the wall, luckily he didn’t hurt anything serious, he’ll only be out a couple of days. But if he was going to be out a long time, that might make some decisions easier for Jack. That would be a tough guy to replace. But we’ve had a few tough guys to replace go down this year, but it seems like someone steps up and fills that role. I don’t doubt anything we can accomplish here.”
When told that most players usually feign indifference or ignorance to the deadline or place in standings, Washburn smiled and said:
“Everybody lies. I’ve always said what’s on my mind and don’t sugar-coat anything. I think the guys that say they don’t are lying. It’s just natural, I think, to pay attention.
As for wanting to stay, Washburn said he did.
If I’m traded, it means something bad happened in the next 10 days. That’s the last thing I want to happen. I love winning, we’re winning here. We have maybe the best group of guys I’ve ever been a part of, and that’s saying a lot. That ’02 in Anaheim, we were a great team. Everybody loved each other. We had fun. We did whatever it took to win. That’s the exact same feel I have with this ballclub. I’m very happy to be a part of it, and yeah, I want to continue to be a part of it.