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Riggleman Channels McLaren Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Posted by mrgenre in Mariners.
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Okay, folks. I’ll make this short. We lost tonight, in an 10-11 bloodbath, and in one of the most bizarre decisions of the year, Riggleman had Jarrod Washburn pinch run for Johjima after he got beaned in the 9th. Now, did this decision help us score 2 runs in the top of the 9th to take the lead and give us a win until Putz blew it in the bottom of the frame? Yes. But what the heck? Our usual runners had already played: Cairo, Reed, and Willie. We were down to three choices on the bench: Vidro, Clement or… Washburn?

Asked after the game about the decision, McLaren glossed over it, stating that Clement was too slow and Vidro’s back and neck have been too tight to be useful. Now, I won’t get started on the usual Vidro banter I tend to fly into, but I will address Clement. Too slow? What the heck? As opposed to using a guy who doesn’t take regular baserunning practice? As opposed to using a guy who is being actively pursued by the Yankees less than 48 hours before the trade deadline? As opposed to using one of the few effective starting pitchers we have in a situation where his injury at the plate could have cost him the season? This has to go down as one of the most boneheaded calls in the history of this awful 2008 season. Note that I did not declare it the “most boneheaded.” It’s simply in the running with about 15-20 other decisions, all made under McLaren’s rule.

Why Riggleman, have you foresaken us? You’re just lucky that Wash didn’t get hurt. If he had, you could have kissed even the most remote chances of coaching next year goodbye.

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1. honky magoo - Wednesday, July 30, 2008

did you ever notice how when Malcom McLaren writes the day’s menu on the board he always flares his lower case Js? what’s up with that? and have you ever noticed how pickles always come in jars? what’s up with that? and what’s the deal with airline food? i mean, who eats this stuff? what’s up with that?

2. mrgenre - Wednesday, July 30, 2008

No, I’ve never noticed that. I don’t know what’s up with that. Yes, I have noticed that pickles come in jars. I believe it’s to keep them safe from harm. Are you referring to how disgusting airline food is? If that’s the case, I don’t believe anyone eats airline food. That’s a myth… that’s what’s up with that.
Thanks for your time and keep those great questions coming, baseball fans!

3. honky magoo - Wednesday, July 30, 2008

sir, _I_ eat airline food and i love it and i am offended at your accusations and insinuations. your callous attitude towards my favorite repast is an insult and, as a result, i will no longer read your trite word excrement. you have lost a loyal reader today, sir. for shame.

yes, but why do pickles come in jars? you havent answered that.

4. mrgenre - Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I sincerely apologize for any comments that may have offended you. However, since you believe that you do indeed eat airline food and I have already stated that no one eats airline food, logically you must not exist. Therefore I have not lost a loyal reader… I have only lost a non-not loyal not reader not, who doesn’t happen to exist.

As to your pickle question, I have double-checked my previous assumption with the Pickle Coalition of Dubuque, Iowa and the PCDI confirms that pickles come in jars to protect them from harm. What harm, you might ask? They list the most commons predators of the pickle to be: crows, mosquitos, 9 year-olds, libertarians and, their most deadly foe, the etcetera.

Thanks for your time!

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