Mariners Defeat Yankees

I was a little bummed out Friday morning after returning a day early from a less than successful birding trip to Eastern Washington when Leslie called and said that Margaret and Cory had tickets to Friday night’s game

Safeco Sign

and asked if I wanted to go. I wasn’t going to let a lack of sleep keep me from going, and I’m certainly glad I didn’t because it might well have been the most exciting game of the year.

Felix Hernandez, Seattle’s ace, pitched an outstanding game, allowing only two Yankee runs,

Felix Hernandez

which for quite awhile looked like all the runs they’d need. The score was 2-1 Yankees after two outs in the 9th with arguably the best closer in baseball ready to clinch another win. Luckily pinch hitter Mike Sweeney hit a double, bringing Ichiro to the plate, and, for the second night in a row, he won the game, this time with a homer.

Ichiro's Hits a Home Run

Needless to say, the game ended in a major celebration with first Ichiro being greeted by the whole team,

Mariners Greet Ichiro

which quickly also congratulated Felix on his 17th win.

Hernandez Congratulated

If that wasn’t enough to make me forget that I was down, the Washington Huskies’ victory over 3rd ranked USC today certainly did. I know sports shouldn't have that kind of effect on me, but, for better or worst, they do.

5 thoughts on “Mariners Defeat Yankees

  1. I’m afraid baseball is a closed book for me. (All I know about it is what I’ve seen of it on Star Trek Deep Space Nine). There is obviously something very compelling about it but, being on the outside looking in, it’s not immediately obvious what it is!

  2. As you know, Loren, I’m not much of a baseball fan, but your amazing photos make the game look like ballet, only better.

    AND NOW — Back to the birds.

  3. loren, of course i share your baseball sentiments. the term ‘walk-off’ has always been such a great one. most athletes are lucky to experience once or twice–Ichiro does it two nights in a row. amazing. the terms only second to the ‘sacrifice bunt’ and maybe ‘suicide squeeze’ though now that i’m started, hell, there are a million of them. kjm

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