Monday, September 18, 2006

Champions!

So Felix didn't exactly come through for PositivePaul there, but no worries: the Inland Empire 66ers had his back. The M's Hi-A affiliate WON THE CALIFORNIA LEAGUE tonight with a tense 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay-affiliated Visalia Oaks.
Props to Mumba Rivera who, making his first start of the year in the deciding game of the Cal League, finals went 4 innings without allowing a run; to Jon Lockwood who got the win with two innings of brilliant, hitless, 3K baseball; to LF Josh Womack for hitting a solo HR to put the 66ers ahead; and to Johan Limonta for his RBI double in the bottom of the 8th to win it all.
Yes, so the M's season is lost, and yes, the M's have lost some prospects to poor trades, and yes, Felix hasn't quite clicked like we all thought he would. It's that context that makes tonight's win so sweet - in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't matter - there aren't really all that many prospects on the team. But SOMETHING in the M's universe went really, really right and here's hoping that continues next year.

And happy B-day to Paul - at least your birthday has the decency to be during baseball season.

2 Comments:

At 9/18/2006 10:44 PM, Blogger J said...

My birthday has the good fortune of being right around when pitchers and catchers report, and most of the time, I can't ask for much more than that.

WOOO! Limonta is going to be an interesting guy to watch. I haven't really thought much of him just yet, but he certainly tore through the Cal League in his brief time there this season.

 
At 9/18/2006 10:45 PM, Blogger PositivePaul said...

Well, then. SOMEthing to celebrate tonight. Screw the cake. Screw the Mariners. Godiva Chocolates and Duckhorn wine instead.

Mmmm.

A toast to, well, me, for surviving yet another year, and to the 66'ers for taking the Cal League title! And one sip for my dad who just got a job after being laid off from Weyerhauser many months ago!

 

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