Dateline: Seattle (Wednesday Afternoon)
Well, just returned from the Mariners Opening Day. This was essentially
an overflow continuation of the traditional Opening Night. They had
similar ceremonies ... introducing both teams, fireworks (inside the
dome -- kinda cool), Bruce Hornsby pre-game performance and singing
the National Anthem (the Nylons sang the Canadian National Anthem).
I'm curious if any other team has ever done this. Following a soldout
Opening Night Game with a "Opening Day" game the following afternoon.
It was nice to get that first game feel, even if you aren't a season
On to the game: Toronto 2, Mariners 0
The Bad News (from the perspective of a Blue Jay Detractor)
- Al Leiter looked like an All-Star (8innings/3hits (one infield
single by Buhner of all people)/5Ks)
- Duane Ward looked overpowering in the 9th - smoked Griffey and
Felder (maybe Tino Martinez - don't remember exactly)
- Jays looked scrappy - getting one run in the 8th - Devon White
scoring from 1st on a Alomar double, one run in the 9th
on a botched double play ball (more later) with runner
scoring from 2nd. I think for Toronto to be successful
they are going to have to keep the score low and win
by being smart.
- Amaral is no Harold Reynolds. In my opinion, he botched three
double plays by not getting out of the way of the runner,
(twice) and dropping an easy dribbler. Probably an athletic
limitation (disregarding dribbler), but I got used to Harold
turning those (putting last year aside). The last run
turned on one of those plays.
Setup: Olerud singles, pinch runner inserted (missed name).
Darrin Jackson sacrifices runner to second.
Ward intentionally walked
Sprague hits ball to short
Relay to Amaral at 2nd (out), runner takes throws
Amaral off balance, no throw.
Meanwhile, pinch runner that used to be at two rounds
three (probably because he expected double play) and
heads for home with full head of steam.
Amaral thinks too long about throw to first (no way)
and then throws short to Valle at home. Valle needs
to execute perfect slap catch from several feet
in front of the bag ... drops ball, no tag.
Upshot: Blue Jays have 2 run lead. Homerun in 9th
still leaves Jays with a lead. Definitely
affected Mariners 9th inning strategy.
Good News (for Mariner Fans):
- Bosio lived up to billing (8 innings/ 1run/ 7 Ks/ 5 hits
- Johnson and Bosio both made Jays look like weak sisters. Leiter
did same to Mariners, unfortunately.
- Uniforms still look perty spiffy
- Crowd was good
- Green Hydro beat Blue Hydro
Twins in '93
Mariners? At least it is Major League and American League baseball.