Baseball is not as shit as I thought it was.
America, I am sorry. I had spent twenty-three years of my life thinking baseball was rubbish. However, last night we went to Safeco Field to watch Seattle’s own Mariners versus Texas Rangers in a baseball spectacular. We were escorted by Mr. Bowen again, and he was very useful in explaining what was going on. I’m very happy to say, I now understand, and from now on, being sleepless in the UK on a weeknight, with only channel five for company is going to be a little more interesting.
Our tour manager Joe Puleo is a big baseball fan, and so Tom text him to get his assessment of the two teams. As follows:
You will see a very good young pitcher for the Mariners, Felix Hernandez. The Mariners have two Japanese players in the line-up. Ichiro who is amazing, and Johjima the catcher, who is not so amazing, solid though. The Rangers from Texas are a weird team, once owned by George W. Bush. They were fucked up before he owned them and fucked up still. But they do have a few great players. The second baseman Ian Kinsler (sounds like a Brit at least) is a top player. The third baseman is very good too, solid like Ryan Giggs but not as old. Michael Young is his name, he is on my fantasy team. The Rangers have a very interesting outfielder, a former crack addict, but he is out of the line-up these days. Jesus Freak this guy, Josh Hamilton, but I have to give him that he (and He) really did turn his life around. Crazily enough for these two teams that were not highly regarded, they are on top of their division table. But it is a long season, this is game 25 in a 162 game season.
One thing that distrubed us, was the distinct lack of hooliganism. Everybody at the BALLGAME was very friendly and polite, and we didn’t really like that. Mark is a lifelong Cardiff City fan, so he’s used to things being a bit more…y’know. After the game (a 6-5 defeat) the Seattle fans left and seemed happy. People were posing for pictures with the stupid mascot thing, and nobody was bleeding. We tried to rally the troops a little and inspire some passion, as seen from our raucous celebrations at Mariners’ four run innings:
That video is funny, because Ollie missed every Seattle point whilst going on a beer run. Good times.
But, basically, I think I like baseball after all. The Red Sox are in town this weekend, and I plan on heading down with a book and my iPod, smuggling a hipflask in and getting drunk at the back of section 132. Come join me?