July 12, 2007


Hope has replaced gloom for Mariners fans (TED MILLER, 7/12/07, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER)

THERE ARE TWO types of sports fan stress. There's the "@$%&" stress and there's the "please, please, please!" stress.

The @$%& stress involves fans howling about administrative, managerial and athletic incompetence and another season of losing. It's about helplessly watching special players who connect with the community walk away.

The "please, please, please!" stress involves fans sniffing success and wanting to wallow in it. It's relentless scoreboard watching, projecting scenarios over the future schedule and endless barstool jibber-jabber.

It's hope.

For the first time in three years, Mariners fans face the second half of the season eagerly wringing their hands over the latter, rather than the former.

The reason to hope is that most of their offensive guys haven't been particularly hot yet and it is at least possible that Felix Hernandez can stay healthy in the second half. The reason to be cautious is that there are six teams as good or better in the AL and four got off to better starts.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 12, 2007 1:05 PM

Or just promote Adam Jones and DH Ibanez. Save the Jr swan song for 2009.

Posted by: Mike Beversluis at July 12, 2007 2:42 PM

I think that's already planned for very soon. There was a great post at USSMariner.com that breaks down your suggested move plus makes other interesting suggestions.


Posted by: Patrick H at July 12, 2007 3:02 PM
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