A Paragraph With The Mariners – 153

I flipped on the radio somewhere towards the end of the game tonight.  Didn’t know the score, didn’t know what inning or even who was at bat.  I heard Dave Niehaus say something about how he hopes Jose Lopez gets another chance to bat to tie Mike Cameron’s record, to which Rick Rizzs interrupted with, “the Major League record.”  Of course, for that to happen, a couple Mariners would have to get on base – indicating that the game was nearing its conclusion with at-bats scarce.  While they were going on and I was shaking off the last of my piss, I initially thought, “Why would they want to … what’s the record?  Most strikeouts in a game?  Most double plays?  Most chances to not score a runner from 3rd with less than 2 outs?”  It hit me as I switched the game off and left the bathroom.  No, no way!  It couldn’t be!  But, lo and behold, there it was when I checked the mid-game box score.  Jose Lopez:  3 for 4 with 3 home runs and 4 RBI.  And I’ll be God damned if we weren’t a couple more hits away from him going for the record in the 9th!  Anyway, those 3 give him 10 home runs for the season, which is about 15 short of what we expected (based on his output last season).  15 short of him having a job with the Mariners again next year.  But, you know, good for him.  Jose Lopez:  the guy who’s been either our 3 or 4 hitter for practically the entire season, the guy deemed most fit to bat cleanup for our historically pathetic offense, the guy with 10 homers and 56 RBI.  We’ll miss you, Jose Lopez.  No we won’t.

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