It began innocently enough. The Mariners, as they do every spring, have released their promotional videos for the upcoming season. And, as they are every spring, they’re pretty clever and amusing.
One of them celebrated “Felix Day,” which is when M’s Nation — assuming there is such a thing as M’s-Nation — celebrates the day on which Felix Hernandez pitches:
As you can see in the video, there is an instance in which a man gives a woman a baseball-themed ring. Which prompted this from the division rival Athletics:
And on it went:
I think the Mariners will be pretty good this year, but really, the A’s and M’s fighting for supremacy is like a match between Iron Mike Sharpe and, I dunno, S.D. Jones or Sam Houston circa 1986. Maybe it’s entertaining and maybe they fight real hard, but the Rangers are the real headliners (Ric Flair), the Angels are not great, but they have more star power (Dusty Rhodes) and the Astros are being given the push by the bookers (Sting).
This feud feels pretty undercard to me.
Rays catcher Wilson Ramos had to exit Monday night’s game against the Orioles in the fifth inning after suffering a head injury. Ruben Tejada broke his bat on a ground out and the barrel hit Ramos in his helmet. Rich Dubroff reports that Ramos needed six staples to close a laceration on his head.
Ramos will continue to be evaluated under MLB’s concussion protocol. He may wind up on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
Ramos, 29, entered Monday’s action batting .222/.259/.426 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 59 plate appearances. He was 0-for-2 before being replaced by Jesus Sucre.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and second baseman Jonathan Schoop teamed up to turn an impressive 5-4-3 double play in the bottom of the first inning of Monday night’s game against the Rays.
Steven Souza, Jr. led off the frame with a single. Corey Dickerson struck out, bringing Evan Longoria to the dish. Longoria sharply grounded a 1-2 fastball from Kevin Gausman to Machado, who showcased his strong arm with a perfect feed to Schoop at the second base bag despite his momentum taking him towards into territory. Schoop made an off-balance throw to first to complete the twin-killing.
The Orioles took the lead in the top of the third when Adam Jones hit a solo home run off of Ian Snell.