My miracle man, Matt Palmer, is now 5-0. Granted, he didn’t have his A game, but as it turns out, his C+ game was good enough. Palmer gave up 7 hits (2 were HR’s) and the Angels relievers, who took over after 5 innings, gave the Mariners nothing! Zilch, zero, nada!
Not even a walk. Now THAT’S a miracle! When Brian Fuentes came in to close things out in the 9th, he had only a one-run cushion. But lo and behold…he struck out the side! Now, I know I’ve been a little tough on Brian. But I have to say, I really liked what I saw tonight. Sure, he had a couple of full counts, that only means he made those critical pitches and kept it together under pressure. I like that in my men…ummm…I mean, I like that in my closers.
Brian and I have had our issues from the start. First, he came from the other side of the tracks…the National League…and I didn’t know a whole lot about him. Second, it didn’t help that he thought he could somehow take the place of my Frankie-Baby.
If anyone knows what a tough nut I am to crack, it’s Frankie. It was love at first sight when he popped up during the 2002 post-season and gave me a ring (okay, a replica World Series ring, given out to all 45K fans at the 2003 opener), but I wanted nothing to do with him when he tried to fill the shoes of my one and only, first love forever and ever…
I was the ice queen to K-Rod when my Percy left and it took quite a while for him to get back in my good graces. Things were good for a while (at least I thought so) but then he left me for the big city…and he didn’t even leave a note! In April, when all of us Angels fans were hurting, I turned to Brian for comfort. I needed him to show me that everything was going to be all right. But he couldn’t or wouldn’t so Brian and I have not had our bonding time…yet.
Not to mention, I’ve only seen him 12 times so far this season. Jeez. I saw Frankie nearly every night last year. Sure, ours was a volatile relationship. But that’s what made it so exciting and unpredictable. No matter how much he’d push my buttons or stress me out, I could count on him to do the right thing in the end. Yes, I know Brian’s only let me down twice so far, but our relationship is just too new for him to play with my heart like he does some nights. Tonight was a big step on a long road. It’ll take some time, but we’ll work it out. In the meantime though, Matt Palmer and I? We’re like this:
Baseball…it’s so tasty too!