Mariners Insider

A Mariners lineup & a fish story

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on May 3, 2012 at 9:04 am with 7 Comments »
May 3, 2012 9:18 am
Larry Stone, Greg Johns and ray

Yes, the Seattle Mariners 10-game trip through Detroit, Toronto and Tampa ends with today’s game, and win would leave the team 5-5 – not bad, considering they’ve lost five in a row.

Of course, that means winning today.

The Mariners ask Kevin Millwood to help make that happen, and manager Eric Wedge has another new lineup posted – one that has John Jaso catching for the first time in 27 games this season.

Chone Figgins is in, Brendan Ryan is out, Jesus Montero has the day off and Mike Carp returns.

And now, before you get the lineup: A fish story. Arranged to have first-timers Larry Stone (Seattle Times), Greg Johns ( and Fernando Alcala (Mariners) visit the Rays tank here in Tropicana Field.

There, we were introduced to a few dozen cow-nosed rays in their swim tank, where fans – mostly kids and parents – come in throughout the game and feed and pet ‘em. Stone was fascinated, Johns a bit hesitant and Fernando took video.

Me, I took a few photos, petted a few rays and managed not to get soaked. If you get to a game here, you’ve got to visit the rays tank. There’s a net covering it so home run balls to right-center field don’t conk-a-ray.

Now, here’s the lineup:

Chone Figgins LF
Dustin  Ackley 2B
Ichiro RF
Kyle Seager 3B
JJohn Jaso C
Mike  Carp DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Michael  Saunders CF
Munenori Kawasaki SS
Kevin Millwood P

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. Larry, the following comment is directed at the TNT as a whole & the paper’s cost cutting mentality, NOT at you personally.

    From 5/1-through this morning at 10 am The Seattle Times had a total of 18 posts on Larry Stone’s personal Mariners blog, & 11 on the blog Stone & Baker share. Since I I suspect there’s some duplication between the 2 blogs, let’s say for the sake of making a gentle argument that instead of 29 blog posts by Times sports writers in just over 2 days, they had 20.

    In the same time period, the TNT has had a total of 3 Blog posts.

    Again, I’m not blaming this on Larry Larue; I’m sure there’s very good reasons why he doesn’t have the time available to post more often. Perhaps the TNT has put a limit on his billable hours? But it’s the TNT’s job to produce a competitive product; whether that requires giving Larry more paid hours or adding additional professional writers to the blog.

    And yes, I feel very frustrated that this blog felt like a community 2 years ago & no longer does.

  2. timeout says:

    moo, my perspective is, there’s no limit to the length of a blog entry thread. It’s a chicken or egg problem; without clicks and comments, why post? By the way, I don’t believe journalists are paid by the hour–are you being ironic?

    My suggestion for all–post your observations on games and ballplayers, respond if you disagree, go after management, umpires, Bud Selig, etc. as you wish, and the community will thrive. Indifference is what kills a blog.

    Now: where’s Iwakuma? Get him in there, Wedge!

  3. Glad to see Ryan out of there. He’s been channeling his best Ray Oyler imitation, except Oyler hit (.165) and fielded better. Kawasaki can’t do any worse, unless he bats .000

    It’s also time to cut bait with Figgins. He’s about as worthless as tits on a boar hog. Let’s face it, it didn’t work out.

  4. footballscaa says:

    moo. You need to stop obsessing about the little things. If you’d rather read the Times, go read it. And maybe find some other activities too. Just sayin’.

  5. abugman says:

    Sure smells like another 17 game losing streak. STINK, STANK, STUNK. Maybe they can get a win against a struggling Twins, but the Twins got feel like they can get some wins in Seattle.

  6. wabubba67 says:

    Contact Karen Peterson at The News Tribune with concerns…she is the executive editor.

    There was a game this morning, right? Why isn’t there a blog post about it three hours after the game concluded? Seems like we didn’t have to worry about this when Divish was in charge (and we also had many more participants).

    This is reminiscent of the Frank Hughes era while he was running the Seahawks blog.

  7. timeout says:

    I had a beef with Larry a while back. I addressed it directly with him, he responded–both in public–and we moved on. If anyone has a beef with matters under Larry’s direct control, I suggest you start there. Then if you’re not satisfied, take another step.

    Or not. Folks have a right to do what they want in this case.

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