Mariners Insider

Slouching toward Baltimore, and a lineup

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Aug. 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm with 6 Comments »
August 7, 2012 2:50 pm

It takes roughly 30 minutes in the air to get from New York to Baltimore, or so I’m told. It took me just over 30 hours to rejoin the Seattle Mariners traveling party, and I don’t recommend that – unless you’re walking.

Overnight storms in New York ruined flights out of La Guardia yesterday, and when I arrived there at 4:30 a.m. for a 6 a.m. flight I was told it had been cancelled. A helpful Delta rep said ‘no problem’ had booked me to Baltimore through Detroit at 9 o’clock.


That’s really what they tried to do – give a man with a 6 a.m. flight a 9 p.m. flight.  I should have known right then the trip wasn’t going to go well. It didn’t. I sat through four standby flights throughout the day.  I called train stations, talked to car rental agencies, other airlines.

Nothing made sense. Delta offered me one last opportunity – after 8 p.m. – from New York to Minneapolis, Minneapolis to Atlanta and Atlanta to Baltimore. It would have been aproximately six hours, all told, for a 30 minute flight.

I stayed overnight. Missed a game. Didn’t have my suitcase, so my cell phone died without it’s charger. Caught a 6 a.m. flight to Detroit, had a three-hour layover, then flew to Baltimore. Landed about 3 p.m., got to the ball park by 4 p.m.

So here’s tonight’s lineup:

Dustin Ackley  2B
Trayvon Robinson  LF
Michael Saunders  CF
Jesus Montero  DH
Kyle Seager  3B
Casper Wells  RF
Mike Carp  1B
Miguel Olivo  C
Munenori Kawasaki  SS
Blake  Beavan  RHP

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. timeout says:

    Sounds like a blast, Larry. NY-Detroit-Baltimore–crikey! There aren’t enough crab cakes in the world to make that a good thing.

    Saunders hitting third; is that a first? About a year ago, I had an idea that Ackley-Smoak-Seager might make a good 3-4-5 combo for the M’s for the first time in a long, long time, and that that might be shaping up right about now. Well, phooey.

    The acquisition of Figgins was wrong for so many reasons, but maybe the biggest is the hitting lineup turmoil that caused, which still hasn’t settled down. The days of mix-and-match are upon us.

    I can’t forget that Beltre, who wasn’t good enough for the M’s and Mariner fans, is hitting fourth for the Texas Rangers. Something ain’t right.

  2. Larry Larue says:

    Saunders is hitting 3rd for the 7th time, and team is 4-2 in the first six.

  3. timeout says:

    And the trend seems likely to continue–thanks, Larry. (How did I miss those first six times?)

    Carp cost Kawasaki an RBI–case of caution with a lead?

  4. Larry Larue says:

    time – i thought the same thing. have to find out afterward, but most guys could have scored on that ball.

  5. timeout says:

    And about that Saunders hitting third trend–maybe I jinxed him. Shoot.

  6. Saunders 0-7, 4 strikeouts…good grief, Charley Brown.

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