Rain, rain go away
When it rains in Texas, it really pours. Like, for 26 consecutive hours now with no end in sight.
Yep, it is getting close to 5 o’clock and it appears that the first game of this three-game series will be washed out again.
Right-hander Brandon Morrow showed up on Friday wearing what he called “my playoff beard”, which he grew while playing for Triple-A Tacoma. The Rainiers captured the Pacific Coast League North Division title and Morrow would have started Friday night’s playoff game in Sacramento.
Instead, he re-joined the Mariners in Arlington and was supposed to pitch Seattle’s series opener against the Rangers. At this rate, he will look like Grizzly Adams by the time he pitches.
At least he’ll be well-rested.
The lighting that accompanied Friday night’s storm had a silver lining for manager Don Wakamatsu.
His son, Jake, who plays wide receiver for his high school team, was supposed to play Friday night, but was postponed because of the lightning and rescheduled for Saturday. So dad was able to see the football game, after all.
Jake’s team lost, 42-13, but he caught four passes and his dad was among the spectators.
“I sat in the rain from about noon to 2:30, but it was great,” Wakamatsu said. I haven’t had a chance to to see him play any sport since February. They didn’t play all that well, but it was nice to see him play.”
While Wak was watching his son play football, Ken Griffey Jr. was doing the same in Florida. He traveled to Orlando late Friday night, had a surprise wakeup call for his young son, Tevin.
“What’s today?” Junior asked.
“Game day,” a barely-awake Tevin responded.
Tevin’s eye-lids completely opened when he realized dad was in the house.
Junior watched the game, which Tevin’s team won 5-0 (one point per touchdown), and returned to Arlington, and reported to work at Rangers Ballpark — where it was still raining.
The lineup was posted at around 4:30 and it was the same as Friday night:
1. Ichiro, RF
2. Franklin Gutierrez, CF
3. Jose Lopez, 2B
4. Griffey, DH
5. Adrian Beltre, #B
6. Bill Hall, LF
7. Jack Hannahan, 1B
8. Jack Wilson, SS
9. Rob Johnson, C
RHP Brandon Morrow.
— Jim Street