Musings about, um... well, the Seattle Mariners as well as a love affair with this game baseball. By Peter J. White
“The Seattle Mariners, who didn't even make the playoffs last year, have the best record in the game (49-25). And, frankly, nobody knows why.”
"The book's emphasis on the A's offensive philosophy does a disservice to the real reason Oakland has been a force the past three seasons... The true heroes of the success of the Oakland Athletics lie with Rick Peterson and the minor-league pitching coordinators who have created a pitching development factory."
"There are four reasons why the A's have won the 2nd. most games, next to the Mariner's, the last three years....Mulder, Hudson, Zito and the incredible amount of balls that Tejada and Chevez get to that swing games... I don't give a damn about errors or the official scorer calling anything a hit unless it hits the fielder in the chest even though it makes reading a box score meaningless; what matters to me and what I think wins games is making defensive plays that most teams can't make that prevents the other team from winning the game.
Jeff Cirillo hits a single and, with only the tiniest prompting, starts to bitch and moan about hitting ninth in the Seattle lineup (169).