Monday, May 26, 2008
April 16, 1969...GAME 7 (SEA 4, KC 3)
Bouton was stuck in baseball purgatory. Optioned to the Vancouver Mounties (Seattle's farm team), but still in Seattle due to the fact that the Mounties were in Tulsa and they didn't want him to travel. Prior to the game against Minnesota he got permission to workout with the team, so he threw to McNertney and Haney for 45 minutes. No BP due to rain...this is Seattle remember ? Bell started the game and went 7 and gave up only 1 unearned run to the vaunted Twin lineup. Jack Aker came in and proceeded to try and blow it. He gave up 2 runs in less than 2/3 inning work. His ERA is 37.50. No reason to keep the knuckleballer when you have Aker to throw propane on the fire. The team held on and won 4-3. Brabender and Segui had to come in and put the fire out. Tommy Davis had 2 hits and is now batting .385. Hegan is leading the team at .391 and Mincher is at .304. Speaking of Mincher, he proved out to be a real nice guy showing support for the old Bulldog. The toughest part about going down is getting living accommodations. Guys on the bubble find themselves writing out lots of deposits for 1st and lasts month's rent. Thankfully the parent team picks up the tab for the remaining month's on the lease when they send you down or release you.