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Friday, March 27, 2020

Dorktown: A History of the Seattle Mariners

I think we all need something to distract us, and what better than a Jon Bois video about the Seattle Mariners.

EDIT: Part 1 is linked in the title. Part 2 is linked here. Part 3, here. Part 4, here. Part 5, here. Part 6, here.

Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: March 27, 2020 at 01:15 PM | 28 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. villageidiom Posted: March 27, 2020 at 02:31 PM (#5934122)
Part one of six, IIRC.

I watched it at lunch, and it's great. Rick Honeycutt! Maury Wills! Mr. Jello! The 9-2-7-2 double play! And arson, lots and lots of arson.
   2. Scott Lange Posted: March 27, 2020 at 03:14 PM (#5934152)
I dunno why Jon has to let that other guy talk.
   3. ajnrules Posted: March 27, 2020 at 07:18 PM (#5934273)
I don't mind Alex Rubenstein. I'm just slightly disappointed they didn't bring up Funny Nose Glasses Night, still one of the zaniest ballpark promotions.

Still can't wait for the other five parts.
   4. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: March 28, 2020 at 05:57 PM (#5934548)
They also left out who exactly busted Maury Wills in the Great Batting Box Caper: none other than then-Oakland manager Billy Martin! (You can't con a con man.)
   5. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: April 02, 2020 at 04:05 PM (#5935970)
Part 2 just went up, featuring Ken Griffey, Jr.
   6. villageidiom Posted: April 02, 2020 at 04:11 PM (#5935975)
Thanks, SdeB. I'll try to remember to add the links to the header as they're published.
   7. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 02, 2020 at 04:59 PM (#5935995)
This is good but...they're up to the start of the 1995 ALDS, and the name Edgar Martinez has not been mentioned?
   8. villageidiom Posted: April 02, 2020 at 05:32 PM (#5936001)
This is good but...they're up to the start of the 1995 ALDS, and the name Edgar Martinez has not been mentioned?
I mean, they first mentioned Randy Johnson at the end of the second episode, then we got some of his back story, before proceeding. I'm sure we're about to get that for Edgar.

I want the entire third episode to be about Edgar, and about the growing sweat stain on the bill of Bob Wolcott's cap in his playoff start. That's it. I'm sure I will be disappointed with their choices.
   9. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame) Posted: April 02, 2020 at 08:52 PM (#5936054)
I believe that election is still the closest in municipal history.

One thing not mentioned in this video is that the Mariners probably would have gone into the tank earlier in the season if they hadn't had then-new wild card to be playing for.

Speaking of Bob Wolcott, I remember Piniella juggling the rotation near the end of the season to keep him out of a pressure game, which of course backfired when they foundered behind their better pitchers and needed him for a must-win anyway.

Funny how they mention the M's seemingly endless supply of power hitters without mentioning what a bandbox the Kingdome was.
   10. CFBF's Overflowing Pathos Posted: April 02, 2020 at 09:09 PM (#5936059)
The Mariners moving from the Kingdome to Safeco in the middle of the 1999 season always struck me as odd. How unusual is it for a team to switch home parks (for good) during a season?
   11. SoSH U at work Posted: April 02, 2020 at 09:18 PM (#5936061)

The Mariners moving from the Kingdome to Safeco in the middle of the 1999 season always struck me as odd. How unusual is it for a team to switch home parks (for good) during a season?



Their 1977 expansion mates did. The Jays moved out of Exhibition and into SkyDome in the middle of 1989.
   12. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 02, 2020 at 10:18 PM (#5936073)
The Reds moved into Riverfront Stadium on June 30, 1970. Three weeks later, the Pirates moved into Three Rivers Stadium.
   13. villageidiom Posted: April 09, 2020 at 02:22 PM (#5937916)
Part 3 is up (and linked at the top of the thread). It covers about a week of their history.
   14. villageidiom Posted: April 10, 2020 at 07:40 AM (#5938173)
Oh, and did I mention Edgar Martinez? They introduce him in this episode.
   15. AndrewJ Posted: April 10, 2020 at 04:26 PM (#5938402)
11 & 12>> And the Phillies were to have moved to The Vet in May 1970, but construction issues postponed the completion.
   16. villageidiom Posted: April 20, 2020 at 07:26 PM (#5942438)
For those eagerly awaiting Part 4, it appears that there are copyright issues being resolved. I assume it's less "we're negotiating the use of copyrighted material" and more "we need to re-edit and narrate the whole damn thing".
   17. villageidiom Posted: April 21, 2020 at 09:53 AM (#5942605)
Jon Bois tweeted out that Part 4 will be out today. Also:
Jon Bois @jon_bois
this episode will feature:
- a presidential campaign ended because it was causing its candidate to miss the ricki lake show
- an absolute death star of a baseball team
- an almost impossibly perfect passing of the torch from hero to hero
- alex rodriguez trying to sell his jizz
   18. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: April 21, 2020 at 10:33 AM (#5942634)
ESPN replayed game 5 of the 1995 ALDS last night.
   19. villageidiom Posted: April 21, 2020 at 06:56 PM (#5942857)
Part 4 is up, and linked at the top of the thread.
   20. villageidiom Posted: April 30, 2020 at 03:12 PM (#5946272)
Part 5 (The Age of Ichiro) is up, and linked above.
   21. villageidiom Posted: May 04, 2020 at 08:30 AM (#5947275)
Ichiro, you bat left-handed despite being a natural righty. Why is that? I don't know.

Ichiro, haven't you been intimidated by all these big, strong American pitchers? No.

Ichiro, who do you ask for advice when you're in a slump? Me.

Ichiro, in just your eighth Major League Baseball game you made one of the throws of the decade to nail Terrence Long from right field. How did you do it? Why did he run when I was going to throw him out?

Ichiro, what's your dog's name? I don't have my dog's permission to tell you that.

Ichiro, what will you do once you retire? I dunno, I guess I'll die.
   22. SoSH U at work Posted: May 04, 2020 at 08:33 AM (#5947278)
Ichiro, you bat left-handed despite being a natural righty. Why is that? I don't know.


My research indicates that's the most common explanation.

   23. Ron J Posted: May 04, 2020 at 10:12 AM (#5947295)
#22 Like a lot of Canadian kids, I'm right-handed but shoot (hockey) left handed. And golf right handed.

Wasn't the curve of the stick. Curved sticks didn't exist when I started to play hockey. Wasn't emulating my favorite player -- he shot right.

It just felt right when I started and nobody tried to change me.

The number of Canadian kids shooting left dropped quite a bit as hockey started to organize younger kids.
   24. villageidiom Posted: May 07, 2020 at 02:43 PM (#5948714)
Final episode will be out next week.

This has been a great series.
   25. villageidiom Posted: May 13, 2020 at 07:48 AM (#5949967)
Jon Bois @jon_bois
hey it's me, the ####### who keeps having to delay his videos. we're gonna have to push back the final episode of he mariners series to some point at the end of this week. there are some things we wanna make sure to get exactly right. it'll be about 50 minutes long though

hell of a dad thing @WorstPlace
Replying to @jon_bois
Jon R. R. Bois
   26. villageidiom Posted: May 14, 2020 at 09:58 PM (#5950660)
Part 6 is up. It's almost an hour, but it's a worthwhile ending to the series.
   27. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: May 14, 2020 at 11:13 PM (#5950668)
The Mariners moving from the Kingdome to Safeco in the middle of the 1999 season always struck me as odd. How unusual is it for a team to switch home parks (for good) during a season?

Not exactly the same as what you're asking about (which has already been answered by others), but the WWII-era Indians just straight up had two home parks for about a decade, splitting time between League Park and Cleveland Stadium from 1937-46 before permanently moving into the latter.
   28. ajnrules Posted: May 15, 2020 at 12:23 AM (#5950685)
Part 6 is up. It's almost an hour, but it's a worthwhile ending to the series.

All six parts total up to 3 hours and 40 minutes. It's still 220 minutes of brilliance!

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