Lemon-Scented Bivouac  


Fatherly and, eventually, teacherly blather. Also: graphic design, baseball, synthetic fabrics, jug band music and, lord help us, the occasional politics.


Friday, August 29, 2003  

 
That was a ridiculous, almost sad way for the Mariners to win tonight. John Olerud, who has spent the season looking like a man trying to crank his wheelchair uphill, dunked a double-play ball at Oriole second-baseman Brian Roberts, who just sort of sat down, let the ball run under his glove, and watched the tying and winning runs score. Unlike those decisive smacks that win the games of childhood dreams, this is one I can replay and imagine turning out horribly: Double play, lost 9 out of 10, season all but over, funeral music playing quietly in the clubhouse.

Still; the M's win, the M's win. This after 8 innings of being utterly hamstrung by yet another utterly mediocre pitcher. Our boys look like they're swinging at the voices in their head lately -- scared of fat fastballs down the middle, panic-swinging at soft stuff in the dirt. This latest game gives the merest sliver of hope that they'll get all confident and juicy again, which is beyond necessary when Oakland takes off on its annual run.

I've still written them out of the postseason, but I'll let them back in my little storyline if they can club me over the head a bit. They have to start by sweeping the Orioles and taking at least 2 of 3 from Oakland. Go to it, lads.

  posted by Andy @ 11:32 PM §


Wednesday, August 27, 2003  

 
Yesterday in the North Cascades:



And someone experienced camping and hiking for the first time (mostly by sleeping):


  posted by Andy @ 10:37 PM §

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