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Félix Hernández vs. Timothy Leroy Lincecum

Here is Felix showing he subscribes to the Matthias Ellis school of hat-wearing
Here is Felix showing he subscribes to the Matthias Ellis school of hat-wearing
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Happy HOF Weekend! And happy Seafair! It's a beautiful evening for baseball in the Emerald City. This is a big weekend in Seattle, and the Seattle Mariners somehow find themselves thick in the middle of it, like the nerd in an 80s teen movie who accidentally snags an invite to the senior graduation bash. This should be a perfect matchup for the day: Félix, the natural predecessor of the Kid, throwing on his HOF weekend, against local phenom Tim Lincecum. The King vs. The Freak. And maybe five or so years ago, it would have been. But now we have aging Félix against surgically-repaired Lincecum, each playing for teams that find themselves looking up at the Rangers and the Astros in the AL West. It's not the story we wanted, but it's the story we have. And maybe for this weekend, just even for today, the King and the Freak can find a little of that old magic and spin us a beautiful baseball game. (That the Mariners win, duh, because if you've ever seen one of those movies, it always ends with the nerd making out with the cheerleader.)

Today's Lineups

LOS ANGELES ANGELS SEATTLE MARINERS
Yunel Escobar - 3B Norichika Aoki - LF
Kole Calhoun - RF Seth Smith - RF
Mike Trout - CF Robinson Cano - 2B
Albert Pujols - DH Nelson Cruz - DH
Andrelton Simmons - SS Kyle Seager - 3B
Ji-Man Choi - LF Adam Lind - 1B
Jefry Marte - 1B Leonys Martin - CF
Jett Bandy - C Mike Zunino - C
Cliff Pennington - 2B Shawn O'Malley - SS
Tim Lincecum - RHP Felix Hernandez - RHP

I saw some pictures on Twitter of the lines at the stadium; if any LLers are braving the crowds, you are brave souls and deserve recompense of beer/dirty tots (the bessssssst thing to eat at Safeco in my humble opinion). For those of us watching/listening, safe as houses from our houses:

Game time: 7:10 PST; squawk box: ROOT, FSW; squawkier box: 710 ESPN or on the TuneIn app; MLB.tv

Side note: Edwin Díaz did an interview with 710 ESPN today in which he confirmed he's switching his closer music to "Pa' Que Retozen," by Puerto Rican rapper Tego Calderon. It's quite a change from the danger up in the club or even "Pour Some Sugar On Me", but the beat is bangin' and I dig the little vintage-Batman-sounding run about halfway through. Plus, the lyrics basically translate to "here, enjoy this," which is a pretty good summation of Díaz's pitching.

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