Mariners Phone It In, Nationals Take The Call and Win 3-1 – Lookout Landing

Mariners Phone It In, Nationals Take The Call and Win 3-1 - Lookout Landing

Readers, allow me to take you back to a very specific memory that I’m sure most of us share from the days when we were younger. I apologize to those to whom this does not apply — anyone who does not celebrate Christmas.

Who am I supposed to be, but I claim I’m just a Jew-ish and growing up with divorced parents meant that my twin sister and I had to spend part of the holidays with the Hanukkah parent. and the Christmas parent. But I’m going out.

Close your eyes (but only for a second, there’s more to read) and picture the last week of school before Christmas break. If you were young enough, it was arts and crafts week. If you were old enough, it was Finals week. No matter the age, though, it was a series of days of sugar-coated chaos. In the good old days, Christmas fell on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday, and you only had to go to school for a few days. In the bad years, December 25th fell on a Sunday, meaning you had to somehow get through five whole days from school before the fun began on Saturday, Christmas Eve. Some days you put in the effort, other days (especially Friday) you dialed it in, just waiting for the fun to begin.

For the Mariners, Ichiro Hall of Fame Weekend is Christmas, the first game of the Cleveland series is Christmas Eve and today was the Friday before.

MLB: Washington Nationals at Seattle Mariners

24 Aug 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher George Kirby (68) delivers against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Lindsey Wasson
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Today’s start for Mariners starter George Kirby didn’t start with the usual flair that comes with being the “does all the work on the group project” kid. His 1-2-3 strikeout to start it had whispers of the power attitude, but what came after (three straight hits capped by a Nelson Cruz RBI single) more closely resembled the kid who forgot his flash drive with all the work. on it at home or the child who fell asleep and was late.

After a costly mistake that upset his group a few points, Kirby hid in the shadows of the classroom (the dugout) and focused his mind on the task at hand – winning the game. To do his part all he had to accomplish was to shut down Washington for the rest of his outing and his teammates for being responsible for putting Seattle ahead.

It also can’t be overlooked that this candy cane of a guy really came into Wednesday afternoon’s game and set the record for most strikes thrown to start a game. The 24 strikes before a thrown ball beat the previous record holder, Joe Musgrove of the San Diego Padres, who had previously thrown 21 strikes to start a game. Kirby definitely has the “freshman in a senior AP Physics class and still the most productive” vibe to him. And it’s not bad.

Washington Nationals v Seattle Mariners

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – AUGUST 24: Julio Rodriguez #44 of the Seattle Mariners looks at his bat during the game against the Washington Nationals at T-Mobile Park on August 24, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. The Washington Nationals won 3-1.
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If your high school experience was anything like mine, you had a Social Studies teacher like Tim Adams who had a knack for treating his students as if they were people with their own willpower. Tim was the AP teacher who really made his upper-level classes feel like a true college experience — in that your teacher isn’t holding your hand. Could it be severe? Yes. But did it often push students to do their work, knowing that the person entering their grades really only cared that the pimply teenagers in his classroom made a real effort? Absolutely. Sometimes this came in the form of Tim leaving the classroom during 4th period AP US History in the week before Christmas because he wasn’t feeling the effort.

“Go to [second] lunch with your friends, I won’t care if you don’t.”

Some students would leave, some would go to work knowing that this is the time that is important for them to do their class work.

Something tells me a Tim Adams-esque voice got to Julio Rodríguez today.

Entering today’s game, Julio was just one home run away from joining the 20/20 club – that club being a group of ballplayers who have hit 20 home runs and stolen 20 bases in one season. There was nothing significant about him accomplishing it today, he wasn’t against the clock other than counting the days until Game 162. Julio’s first three at-bats represented that lazy mood of knowing you technically didn’t. have do it today if you didn’t want to. There is still time. That was his strikeout in the first inning and ground outs in the third and 6th.

Sometime after that and before Julio’s final at bat in the 8th inning, the spirit of Tim Adams (I think he’s still alive, but just go with it) got to Julio. And Julio went to work.

As stated, Julio became the first Mariner since Mike Cameron in 2002 to join the 20/20 club and only the 12th rookie in MLB history to accomplish the feat. It is very exciting for us as Mariners fans to witness this right before our eyes. But, more importantly, with his home run Julio evened the score between Seattle and Washington (lol) and easily picked his team correctly.

Was it a little late? Sure, but you can’t say Julio didn’t get it any of his work done.

Today’s game had a whole class of characters, check it out:

JP Crawford: The kid who was sent to the hall by the teacher who confused them with the other kid, but the teacher is so stubborn that JP is sent to the hall anyway.

Jesse Winker: The kid who hasn’t really come to class in a while, but for some reason shows up today?

Paul Sewald: The old reliable kid who is stressed from the holidays and just didn’t have it today

Mitch Haniger: The kid who goes to the student government office to get Winter Ball tickets for him and his crush and sees the kid that did get tickets (the last ones, actually) go right next to him

Dylan Moore: The kid who gets hit by a wayward candy cane in the hallway because the owner of said candy cane twirled it around their finger and lost control.

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CHICAGO – Circa 2002: Ichiro Suzuki #51 of the Seattle Mariners runs into the outfield during an MLB game at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois. Suzuki played for 19 seasons, with 3 different teams, was a one-time All Star and won the Rookie of the Year and the MVP in 2001.
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Readers, we did it. We got through the last five days (games) before the festivities could begin. Yes, we’ve been phoning it in for the better part of the last five games but the Hall of Fame series is finally here and just like the holidays, it’s time for some cheer.

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