All posts tagged 'Mariners'

I know you all look forward to our Friday editions of "What People Are Talking About This Week," but this week there were enough sports highlights that I decided to make a special Thursday edition.

Citi Field

R.A. Dickey gets yelled at

One of the best pitchers of the season (let's go Mets!), R.A. Dickey has been wearing friendship bracelets that his daughters made for him before he embarked on a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro in January. For some reason, in last night's game an umpire decided that it was a violation of the uniform code and made him CUT THEM OFF on live television. His poor girls.

Felix Hernandez pitches a perfect game

My other (possibly now former) team, the Mariners, had an exciting day yesterday as well. Felix Hernandez became the 23rd player in major league history to pitch a perfect game and the third player to do so this season, a major league season record.

U.S. soccer team beats Mexico for the first time in Mexico

That's right: after a 75-year rivalry and 24 matches, the US finally managed to eke out a win over Mexico on their turf. Incidentally, Mexico just won the Olympic gold medal, though with an entirely different squad.





Have a nice Thursday!

Mariners All-Star Ichiro has been traded to the Yankees

It's a sad day for Mariners fans everywhere. Right fielder Ichiro Suzuki, who has been with the Mariners since 2001, was traded to the Yankees last night. And to add insult to injury, his first game as a Yankee was also last night...at Safeco Field...against the Mariners.

While I'm now a Mets fan, there has always been a hometeam spot in my heart for the Mariners, since I grew up just a few hours from them. The one season I remember most clearly was actually Ichiro's first, in 2001, when the M's set an American League record for single-season wins, ending with a record of 116-46. Ichiro won AL MVP that year, and he's also managed to be a 10-time All-Star during his time with the team. I've always inherently rooted for the Mariners as a Washingtonian...but with the loss of Ichiro that's much harder to do, since he was the last team member I still remembered.

This morning I came across a song called "Ichiro's Theme" by Ben Gibbard. Take a listen:

We'll miss you, Ichiro. And while I love you, I now dislike the Yankees a little bit more.

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