Seattle right hander Gil Meche overshadowed Roger Clemens and the hoopla surrounding Ichiro and Godzilla at the Stadium last night, as the Mariners shut out the Bombers, 6-0. Meche, winner of the Audie Murphy award, looks like he just jumped out of an old WWII movie; he has the innocent good looks of the boy next door. ("He's attractive," my girlfriend Emily remarked, "but he could use a hair cut." For what it's worth so could Matsui. "Godzilla needs to get his ass to Barbazon.") He pitched quickly, and had the Yankee batters out of synch all evening.
After the game, Meche told reporters:
"Probably the biggest night of my baseball career," said Meche, who scattered six singles and walked two. "How could it not be? Beating a Hall of Famer and this lineup? It's unbelievable."
Clemens wasn't terrible (he did strike out eight), but he did give up 3 dingers (Boone, Davis and Edgar).
I was reminded just how much strong the rivalry with the M's has been over the past few years last night. Damn, I hate losing to those guys. But honestly, with the exception of Brett Boone, there is hardly anyone to dislike on Seattle. I don't even hate Boone, it's just that his cockines is easy to root against. Sheeet, what's not to love about Olerud, Edgar and Ichiro? And Bob Melvin appears to be a good guy as well.
No, the worst part about last night was that the Sox just keep coming and coming.
But fug it, I shouldn't be riffing. The Yankees will probably not be shut-out too many times this year. It could be worse,after all: I could be a Mets fan.
Speaking of which, my cousin Gabe called me in the middle of the Card-Mets game last night. I had caught Ty Wiggenton's at-bat with the bases-loaded in the first. He battled Matt Morris to a full-count and then smacked a grounder deep in the hole at short, which Edgar Renteria fielded and then threw a seed to first to record the out. Typical Mets I thought. About 20 minutes later, I saw on the ticker that the Cardinals had scored three in their half of the first. Ugh.
Gabe, who is anything but an alarmist, calls and says, "I'm not trying to be pessimistic, but this could be the season right here. They could be done. And I don't mean that as a judgement, but as an observation."
That just may be the case. Hey Steve Phillips, remember what ol' Satch said: "Don't look back, something may be gaining on you."