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August 31, 2006

I must confess that I was at the Mariners game with the Angels last night.  Some of the folks I’ll be working with at my new company offered me a ticket for the “offsite strategy planning meeting”.  We had a good time talking tech … and commenting on the game.  Oh, the M’s lost (figures).

Contrary to Kristin’s comments that we should be 100% behind our players at all times with fervent exhilaration, no matter how bad they’re playing, I’m still not happy with them … yes – the players.  Oh, and the management isn’t winning me back either.

Here’s the deal, Kristin: we’re paying Joel Pinero $4.8 MILLION this year (see here and here) to give opponents the chance to play tee-ball.  Joel was a great pitcher for his first few years in the majors.  This year, and last, he sucks.  The numbers don’t lie (see below).  For 2006 JP has the highest ERA of any pitcher on the team (for players appearing in more than 3 games).  He’s got less than half the K’s he had in his best year … and we’re only 4 seasons out from that.

So what’s to root for here for a player?  I just can’t get behind that and root with all my might.  Neither could any of the other people sitting near us near first base.

I disagree with Jill’s assertion that Mike and I have “fair-weather fan feelings.”  A true fair-weather fan wouldn’t take the time to write the comments up and have a discussion about the team’s inadequacies because they simply don’t care when the team is floundering.  We’re different: we care but we’re disillusioned to the point that it hurts to watch.  It’s the same reason I can’t watch replays of knee injuries – too many bad memories of my own personal suffering.

I was pleasantly surprise to see the M’s take 5 of 6 from the Yankees and Red Sox, and very happy to see them win a series against a division opponent in the Angels.  Heck I was happy to see them win a single game against a division opponent!  🙂

I really do hope the M’s can salvage the season and go out on a good note.  I’d love to see them move Ichiro to 3rd or 4th in the lineup and just tell him to be a slugger.  If he wanted to Ichi could easily hit 25 homers a year.

I’d also like to see Ichiro get traded to a good team so he could win a World Series, because I don’t the the M’s owners and management are serious about contending.  Just don’t trade him in the middle of August out of the blue like you did to Moyer.  I don’t think Seattle will ever forgive the M’s for that.

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  1. KermitFan
    August 31, 2006 at 9:07 am

    You’re right Nathan — you aren’t fair weather fans (I definitely am), because you do care enough to comment on the season and hang on through your disollusionment. I stand corrected. 🙂 (And I’m still going to be a fair-weather fan myself… or maybe I’ll just be fair-weather, without the fan…)

  2. KT
    September 13, 2006 at 11:33 am

    Nope – I am still cheering for the guys. Have you seen Yuniesky’s smile? Is it his fault that he has the third highest amount of errors of any short stop in the league or is it the managment’s fault for paying for him? Shoot – you want to pay me even $100,000 to go out and play poorly? I am going to take it. Tell managment to do a better job in their jobs. Oh and yeah, the Jamie Moyer deal – not ok. But as a true fan since I could walk (and not pointing any fingers saying you AREN’T a true fan, just saying I am one) – I am going to cheer for the players that we are given by a crappy front office because it is the front office’s fault for buying them. They knew what they were getting when they were signed. But that’s just my 2 cents which granted come after attending a game last night where the pitching was not good but Joel Pinero was one of the bright spots – not to mention Yuniesky’s smile.

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