Morse breaks slump
What’s better than the Mariners finally winning a series this year?
The Mariners winning a series against the Angels, that’s what!
I think the fact that the M’s have really sucked it up so far this year made this series win that much sweeter. That and the fact that they picked up such a big win off of former Mariners pitcher Jason Vargas.
A couple of come from behind wins against a fierce and hated rival like the Angels just adds to it.
Now if these guys can string a few more of these sorts of games together, we just may be on to something finally.
After suffering through a set back that lasted a lot longer than most would have thought after breaking his pinkie finger, Michael Morse finally got that home run trot working again.
Jason Vargas had been pretty sharp all game long. With the exception of the long ball given up to Jason Bay the previous inning to tie the game, he had his change up working pretty well today.
On a 1-2 count to Morse though, he pulled a Homer Simpson “doh” moment, and gave Michael a nice fastball right down the middle - belt-high.
This is exactly the pitch that Morse, Eric Wedge, and all of the Mariners Nation had been waiting for.
Morse sent the 88-mph pitch over the wall in left field, and us fans were taken back in time, momentarily, to when this team was actually fun to root for.
The pains of last week were diminished. We just witnessed the impossible. Or at least that what’s the sports writers were having us believe.
The flip of the bat was key
Morse knew he got all of this one. There was no need to will it over the wall, it was already headed there.
As he rounded first base, there seemed to be a sense of urgency about this home run trot. The speed at which he ran was almost saying “let’s get back on defense and let the bartender do his thing!”
There was a faint hint of a smile as Morse collected high-fives in the dugout, but the fierce look on his face told a more telling story. “I’m back.”
This was about as gritty of a performance as we’ve seen this year from these guys.
Finally it seems that the fairy tale spring training, and the even harder to believe end of the rebuild, may finally be upon us.
Here’s to hope anyways.
The link to the video can be seen here on mlb.com.