SABR 36 in Seattle report for June 30: Don't underestimate the Fogg
by Bob Timmermann
The second day of SABR 36 was given over to the banquet and the big trip to the ballpark.
The keynote speaker was Jim Bouton.
He signed copies of "Ball Four" before the banquet and then gave a general funny and well-received speech. His rendition of "I'm Proud to be an Astro" (lyrics by Larry Dierker and not suitable for reprinting) were quite good. His story about being asked back to Yankee Stadium for an Oldtimers Day soon after his daughter had passed away was quite touching in my opinion.
The banquet is where SABR gives out many of its award and in the photo below you can see Will Carroll not being here to receive his award.
Then it was time to head off to the game between the Rockies and Mariners at Safeco. Mike and I decided to hoof it and found a relatively flat route.
How did we know we were there? Wait, there's a signpost up ahead....
Yes, this must be the place!
The game was a very, very quickly paced game between Colorado and Seattle. Josh Fogg and Jamie Moyer matched changeup for changeup.
Moyer was throwing heat!
But Fogg was better and incredibly pitch efficient as this picture at the top of the 8th shows.
The Rockies got an RBI single from Jamey Carroll and a home run from Brad Hawpe and they won 2-0. Fogg went the distance and threw a 2-hitter, walking just one and striking out just one batter. The Mariners left no runners on base as all three baserunners were erased on double plays. The game ended in 1 hours and 52 minutes, the fastest game in Rockies history and the fastest game ever at Safeco Field. The game ended at 8:58 pm, beating the sunset in Seattle by 13 minutes.