Monday, March 08, 2004

Dum Dum Pants 

Oh dear.

I usually try to avoid the horror that is a Finnigan article, but when I saw the word ‘Griffey’ and the word ‘Reunion’ in the same heading I had to pinch myself to check that I wasn’t having a nightmare…

Nope. It’s been posted on the web for the past hour and it has that legitimate Finny signature. It’s for real.

“A deal could take several forms. In the most obvious scenario, the Mariners would take on all Griffey's money and give an outfielder back, probably Randy Winn.”

It’s finally happened.

This chipmunk has gone TOO FAR!!!!!

Bobby Bobby bobby… Aahhh~~ where to start..

If Griffey was available on the open market would you give him a $66.5 million contract over five years???? Are you aware that Guerrero (an elite slugger in his prime who happens to NOT be crippled and NOT 34 years old and counting) just signed with Anaheim to a similar deal??????? Wouldn’t you agree that if the Mariners were to do this they would lose some of that payroll flexibility that you always love to be preaching about?? If the Mariner’s brass is THAT desperate for a big bat, why didn’t they simply overpay for a younger, more productive, less fragile, slugging shortstop, like oh… Tejada for instance????? Besides why pay the full price to obtain Griffey when NO ONE ELSE IN BASEBALL is willing to trade for him at a $3-5million a year price cut??????? No, seriously Bobby, lay off of the crack!!

BAH!!! Tis’ hopeless. Nevermind… Just make yourself productive and nibble on some peanuts or something.

Someone please stop the insanity. If the world was just, and if Karma really existed, Bobby would return to his previous life a small mammal and Peter White would take his place on the Seattle Times.

Note: This blogger would support a Griffey deal if it was $5-7 million dollar a year over the next 5 years.

A Change Gon’ Come 

In his first five spring at-bats, Ichiro Suzuki has taken the first pitch in each, and been ahead in the count in all but one. Taking more pitches, working the pitch count, is something he's been asked to do more.

Hitting coach Paul Molitor, who goes into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown this year, spent some time chatting with Akira Ohgi, a longtime manager in Japan. Coincidentally, Ohgi, who was Ichiro's first manager in Japan with Orix, is entering Japan's version of the Hall of Fame this year, and the two men compared notes. ...

Here's something from heraldnet.com:
Now batting third: The lineup for today's game against the Padres will feature a look that Melvin has promised: Ichiro Suzuki batting third.
"There is no reason not to take that assignment," Suzuki said through an interpreter. "I will welcome it."
Melvin said before spring training that he would experiment with different lineups, and this will be his most drastic departure from the norm. All he wants is for Suzuki to be himself.
"I'd tell him, 'Don't change your game,' " Melvin said. "He has the ability to, but I don't want him to."
Batting third isn't unfamiliar territory for Suzuki.
Lou Piniella shook up his lineup early in the 2002 season and batted him third in three games in Baltimore, and Suzuki responded with a 4-for-5 game his first time out.
"I'm sure he's up for the task," Melvin said.
Suzuki was clicking in the leadoff spot Friday with a triple in his first at-bat, plus a walk and a towering fly out to right field.
"His last time up, if it's in the middle of the season, he probably takes that pitch out of the ballpark," Melvin said. "He had three very good at-bats in basically his first start after getting just one at-bat yesterday (in the charity game against the Padres). In watching him take his at-bats right now, he seems like he's taking a few more pitches. He hasn't swung at a first pitch yet."

I know its only five AB’s. I know this is just a bunch of horse doo doo that’s piled up over the weekend. But if you’ve been keeping up-to-date with me over the past week, you’d know that the only thing holding Ichiro back from his true potential is his own mindset.

Also if you’ve read the interviews you’d see that there are some signs of change. Don’t let Ichiro fool you. He wants to bad third VERY badly. He stressed the importance of having three years in the majors before establishing yourself (even before this year). He’s been working on refining his mechanics in the offseason, and it looks like he’s taking Molitor’s advice seriously. (LOVE that Japanese-American HOF connection that’s going down with Molitor and Ohgi-san, Simply PIMPTASTIC!!)

I don’t want to come off like a Japanese groupie, but I have to get this off my chest. And I don’t want any of you bitches taking any credit!!

Here goes…

Ichiro is going to have the greatest year of his baseball career in 2004.

Mark it down.


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