A Paragraph With The Mariners – 85

I’m trying to not let my emotions rise too much in what’s become a meaningless season. And, let’s face it, it probably wouldn’t have made much of a difference either. After all, we had a 3-run deficit. And there were 2 outs in the inning. BUT, the bases WERE loaded. It was late in the game. I mean, what the FUCK do you have a bench for if you’re not going to use it??? Let me set it up: like I said, bases were loaded, with Figgins’ third walk of the night. That brought up our DH, which at the beginning of the night was The Muscle, but due to his back spasms or whatever, ended up being Kotchman. A left-handed hitter. On the mound, having just walked Figgins (and having just given up a single to Ichiro before) was All Star Reliever Matt Thornton. He of the upper-90s fastball. He: one of the toughest left-handed relievers in the major leagues today. Here’s an idea! Why not pinch hit? SURE, it would’ve been Josh Wilson, but at least he bats righty! And at least he’s had SOME modicum of success this season! Kotchman has been a fucking disaster since Day 2 (Day 1, if you’ll recall, he had something like 3 or 4 RBI). But no. Wak instead left Kotchman in there to flail wildly at three straight pitches – the last fucking above his head. I don’t question Wak very often; I like to give him the benefit of the doubt. But, Jesus Christ, there’s no reason to save Wilson! If the unthinkable happened and you needed to put him in the field, just bite that bullet when it’s shot! But, when you’re down 3, have the bases loaded and a rally possible … do everything you can! Anyway, like I said, it probably wouldn’t have made much of a difference; Wilson could’ve just as easily struck out on the same 3 pitches. Still, I can’t imagine what Wak was thinking; unless this really is Showcase time for Kotchman and we’re trying to trade him for some magic beans before the trade deadline. You’d think, if that were the case, you’d try to shield him from failure as much as possible.

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