A Paragraph With The Mariners – 115

Josh Bard has got my vote for Man Of The Year.  First, he breaks up John Lackey’s no-hit bid, and now as of the minute I’m writing this in the top of the 5th inning with 2 outs, he’s 3 for 3 with a double and a Grand Slam to break this shit open 7-2.  Anyway, I tried to look up and see how many Grand Slams the M’s have hit this year (I can only remember the Jose Lopez slam off of Putz and maybe one other by Alfonzo?), but apparently that’s not a stat people like to keep track of.  Anyway, Josh Bard!  I think he’s pretty much the perfect backup catcher:  left-handed, has some pop, doesn’t seem to mind not playing everyday, doesn’t seem to let that lack of playing time turn into rust.  And he has 10 RBI on the season now, which is a third of Ichiro’s season total (you know, our everyday right fielder).  In other news, Milton Bradley’s season is done as he’s having surgery on his knee.  Still better than Carlos Silva.

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