Is This What Heaven Feels Like?
Is this Heaven? Is this the playoffs? Is this happening?
Mariners have now logged 7 Ws in a row. Seven.
Last night almost 40,000 people showed up to Safeco field. The stands were a sea of yellow. Felix wasn’t perfect, but he was Felix. We saw two homeruns (apparently we figured out how to deal with those pesky Safeco walls…), some great defense, and a team and a crowd fired up to be there, in August.
- Eric Thames wasn’t friends with Cabrera was he? Holy god is that guy strong. All three of his homers for the M’s (just since Aug. 1, people) have just been smacked out of the yard. The dude is strong. And his twitter feed is hilarious. Example.
- How about Montero coming through with a 3-run homer? Yes please. Please please please Montero, please be as good as the Yankees think you are. (Pineda’s recent DUI arrest gave the NY media more opportunity to whine about the trade.)
- JASO! Bummer that the ball bounced over the wall, but hey, Montero took care of that baserunner anyway. Clutch Hitter (def: See John Jaso).
- Trayvon’s defense anyone? Did you see this one?
- Lucas Luetge came in at the end of the 8th so Capitan Fi Fi (if you haven’t seen those shirts yet or heard the story, watch this) could enjoy a much-deserved Standing O, and then he pitched brilliantly to lock down the save. Through 1 1/3, he struck out 2 and only gave up 1 hit. Plus then he clearly enjoyed the Court continuing to cheer for him. He tweeted this after the game: Probably the most fun I’ve ever had pitching. What an awesome crowd!!! #Mariners
- Felix is ours. Not for sale. Not going anywhere. He’s breathing life back into this team, loves the fans, loves his teammates. He made sure B. Ryan knew it was OK after he flubbed a play on his way out. He promised he was staying in Seattle. He dedicated the perfecto to us.
Does baseball get better than this? We’ll see. This second-half of the season has been almost entirely one big highlight. Personally, I’d rather have a great half in the second than go big in the first half and flame out. This is a sign of very good things to come. Seattle knows it.