IGD: Padres @ Mariners (16 May 08)

Chris YoungPadres (15-27) @ Mariners (16-26)
Chris Young vs Miguel Batista
7:10 p.m. PT
Channel 4SD
AM 1090, FM 105.7, XM 181

Ah, interleague play. The intensity, the intrigue, the irrelevance…

I walked over to Book-Off the other day and found a whole slew of baseball publications. Most are in Japanese, so I couldn’t read them, but I could look at pictures. One of the publications was a commemorative yearbook (or some such) for the 2000 Pacific League champion Daiei Hawks. I flipped through it absent-mindedly, hoping for glimpses of familiar faces. Lo and behold, two of them are playing in this weekend’s series: Mariners catcher Kenji Johjima and Padres second baseman Tadahito Iguchi. The legendary Sadaharu Oh managed the club, and one of his charges was another ex-Padre: Melvin Nieves.

So, now you know…

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  1. #95@Pat: Sorry if I held my breath when the first dude at bat hammered a sharp single off the ole’ Trev-meister.

    But I later admitted he was good the other 17 pitches of the inning.

  2. Hoffy had some wicked stuff on his offspeed tonight. To get Ichiro to swing that badly is something. Nice to get another win!

  3. #98@Schlom: I see what you’re saying. Yes, two poor outings at the end of April screwed up his ERA for the month.

  4. But if you take away his four-run outing in April of this year, then his ERA is under 3.00 for the month. And the same thing goes for April 2005 — one four-run outing colored his month.

  5. Padres manager Bud Black was selected by Colorado’s Clint Hurdle to be one of the coaches for the All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium in July.

  6. Also encouraging tonight was the only 3 strikeouts along with 4 walks. Granted it was against Miguel Batista instead of Dempster and slop-throwing Ted Lilly but it’s certainly an improvement.

  7. #44@Koo: Thanks for the tip. I used to have some CDs I’d listen to on the way to work. I was hoping to learn a few phrases and impress my mother-in-law. Didn’t quite work out that way; oh well.

    #106@Melvin Nieves: Indeed, I did! :-)

  8. #101@Richard D.: Go ahead and hold your breath, but expect sarcastic, negative remarks to generate a less than positive response.

  9. If you were at the Book Off Thursday afternoon, we probably walked right by each other. Love that little place.