I'm not going to sugar coat it- these past few weeks or so have been... well... trying. We've been at each other's throats a little bit, been considering a trial separation, trying to make any necessary change that can probably turn things around for the both of us. We've been trying to bring in new people that can help us overcome these obstacles. It's been tense. We want you to do well, we know that you want us to be happy, this has been a rough patch for us both and we're trying to make it work. These things take work.
Tonight was important. Tonight wasn't about us and our bent but not broken relationship. Tonight we had some distant relatives coming. People wanted their bobbleheads and the last thing they wanted was to see us squabble or have any problems. So tonight we needed to make sure that we smiled our way through without showing any cracks in the foundation. We almost fell apart, but tonight, you really showed me something. That spark of what used to be and a nice look at what we could become with a little work.
This was weird, then fun, then not fun, then very fun. I'll explain below.
- Some doof earlier today was making some Matt LeBlanc jokes at the expense of Wade LeBlanc. It turns out that he had a nice little outing. His mixing pitches kept Cardinals hitters guessing and scattering three hits and striking out three in six innings of scoreless work.
- With Aoki hanging out at the Red Hot in Tacoma, we are going to be #blessed with Nelson Cruz playing in the outfield. He instantly started tonight with a little mishap on the first batter of the game. Let the grand experiment begin.
- After Dae-Ho Lee gave the Mariners a 1-0 lead in the sixth, Joaquin Benoit transformed into Walking Benoit as he spent the top of the eighth not getting anybody out and making us all upset. Thanks a lot Benoit.
- Shout out to Donn Roach. Remember when we thought that Donn Roach had a chance to make this bullpen out of Spring Training? This was a thing. I'm surprised it took until the end of June for him to make his way up I-5. Anyway, he looked pretty passable in his Mariner debut (a lot of contact) and he got the ever important WIN.