These Mariners are good

Wow, the M’s are up 6-0 against the Angels in their first Anaheim sweep, if I am not jinxing them by writing this, in seven or eight years. Who knew Justin Smoak would hit like this? Brad Miller is playing just as well as he did in Spring Training. Zunino’s got a three-run homer. Everyone’s hitting — could there be some sort of Cano Effect. And the pitching is great.

These Mariners are the Mariners you have been looking for.


The 1950 World Series, by contrast to the 2001 World Series, demonstrates how our perspective was foreshortened by television. Watching this series, you’d think the pitcher was standing only 20 feet from the plate. Vic Raschi, the “Springfield Rifle,” takes the mound, and it looks like he is standing within the batter’s reach; one day, he’d give up the first of Hank Aaron’s 755 home runs.

A great series. The kind of series you’d want to see any year. Mantle. Robinson. Berra. Snider. Hodges. Reese. Called by the great Red Barber and Mel Allen. The earliest games I remember looked like this, with Curt Gowdi calling the games.