Well today the Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics by a final score of 4-3, and in the process they notched their first home sweep of the season, regaining the best playoff and division odds in the AL West. Of course, that's all well and good, but what you're really here for is one single, special moment that people will be talking about for years to come. A tiny, perhaps five-second long event that lasted right around the middle of today's broadcast that
NO dammit, not that one, although you have to admit that you didn't exactly expect to see an homage to Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte with speedo guy taking the center stage.
What I'm talking about, of course, is this:
This is an gif of Felix Hernandez notching his 2,000th career strikeout today, making him the fourth youngest pitcher in baseball history to achieve said milestone. In case you imagine this to be some daily occurrence, I would like to draw your attention to the following list:
List of things of which there are 2,000 of
- Cars, probably cars. I'll venture a guess to say there are 2,000 cars out there.
- There was that movie called Dracula 2000 a while back, but I'm not sure if that means there were 2,000 Draculas, or if it meant that there was a Dracula in the year 2,000--which as you will remember, is one of the things of which there are 2,000 of.
- Felix Hernandez strikeouts.
Special game for Felix and Sucre. Sucre lost his mom in spring training, wanted to play today in honor of her. Felix said put him in.— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) May 10, 2015
Jesus Sucre makes a great grab in foul territory http://t.co/HGbgSLDpy6— Jose Rivera (@Jose8BS) May 10, 2015
I know what you're thinking, and I thought the same thing while watching that gif. Damn. Sucre is the only guy today who pulled off that pink-and-cream-combo to any degree of efficacy. Pitch framer, nice guy, and dang looker-gooder. We could be rooting for worse.
The M's head into a day off tomorrow only three games under .500 and look to pick up some serious ground in the days to come. It almost didn't even happen, with Rodney giving up a dinger to make it a one-run game before finally settling down to earn his ninth save of the season. And the only reason it didn't ruin the whole thing was because the other punks decided they should tack on a run or two in the middle of the game. Which, I mean, better to figure that out now rather than September.