Thursday, December 15, 2011

Anticipation

The anticipation is starting to get me down.  If the Mariners don't do something soon I am going to have a headache.  And by something, I mean make some sort of significant move that will make the ball club better for the 2012 season.  We've seen the Angels make some moves that make them and the Rangers the teams to beat in the West.  Meanwhile, we sign Gimenez to a ML deal and trade for John Jaso.  Excuse me while I try to control my enthusiasm.  *sigh*

Friday, December 09, 2011

Stupid Angels

I really do hate the Angels!  There - I feel better now.

Cool piece (as usual) by Dave Cameron concerning placing the horse before the cart.  Yay!

Monday, November 21, 2011

R.I.P. Greg Halman

Shocking news this morning that Greg Halman was killed.  Sincere condolences to the Halman family.

Dave Cameron has a great piece over at USS Mariner concerning why the M's have been so bad.  Worth a read to remind one that it's not about having a lack of desire, it's about bad decisions.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dave Cameron Speaks

Leave it to Dave Cameron over at USS Mariner - he continues to be prolific with regard to Mariner related blog posts.  You should take a few minutes to read this one concerning what a playoff team looks like, and this one that urges the front office to sign Jamie Moyer this Winter.  Approve!!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

67-95

So ends the 2011 season for the Seattle Mariners.  I really don't have much to say, other than I think there are lots of things to be hopeful about moving forward to 2012.

Greg Johns posted this concerning what went right and what went wrong for the M's in 2011.

And the team posted a cool photo gallery.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

September already?

Hard to believe that September is coming to a close.  Dave Cameron posted this ode to Joey Votto - I'm onboard!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Why it's painful to be a Mariners fan

The talented Larry Stone of The Times reminds us why it's so painful to be a Mariners fan.  *sigh*

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Yay L-Rod!

I just think it's cool that Mariners fans can actually cheer for a guy whose last name is Rodriguez again!  :-)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Oh Ichiro!

An interesting article from MLB.com that discusses the state of Ichiro!  He certainly hasn't been the Ichiro! that we've come to, dare I say it, take for granted in Seattle for the last 10 years.  His numbers are down - 200 hits seems to be a rather remote possibility at this point.  I'm not counting him out - but what are the odds that he comes back next year looking like before?

Monday, August 01, 2011

So Long Erik Bedard

Geoff Baker over at the Times chronicles the end of the Bavasi/Bedard era in Seattle.  Yay.

The awesome Larry Stone points out that the M's could still be active in the trade market in August.

I'm happy that the Mariners ended up as sellers at the NWTD.  Looks like some interesting guys have been acquired - now it's all about next year.  And oh yeah, Dustin Ackley rocks!!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Dave Cameron

Dave Cameron of USS Mariner notified the blogosphere this morning that he has leukemia.  Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.  Refuse to Lose Dave!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Losing Streaks

Geoff Baker over at the Times has a good piece today concerning how the Mariners have consistently unraveled over the last 5 years.  He asks a good question - what is it about this team that allows these long losing streaks to occur - and why does it happen when they are on the cusp of contending?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Another One Bites The Dust

Well it was nice while it lasted.  Once the Rangers completed the sweep of the Mariners, the hopes for contending in the AL West this year were dashed once and for all.  The first half of the season was a very pleasant surprise, but it sure didn't take long for that old "Oh no, here we go again" feeling to come back with a vengeance.

So what now?  Try to improve the club for 2012, but realistically it looks like it will be at least 2013 before the Mariners are competitive.  Which sucks.  I'm really regretting not going to any of the playoff games in 2001.  Who knew it would be 10 years?  And, quite frankly, I'm not getting any younger.  The thought of seeing the Mariners in the World Series fills me with joy - yet I'm seriously wondering now whether I'll see it in my lifetime.  It would be an awesome thing to share with family.  Time will tell.

Monday, July 11, 2011

At The Break

I had a bad feeling after the M's lost the first game in Anaheim that the weekend was not going to turn out in our favor.  I guess it's good in a way.  Now that the pesky pennant race is no longer a concern perhaps the club can get down to business and try to do some things that prepare for 2012 and beyond.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

M's Need To Make A Move

As the clock ticks and the M's suffer another series sweep, it's time for the management to step up and make a move.  As the awesome Larry Stone points out today, the fanbase is looking for reasons to believe in what this team could possibly achieve this year.  Lack of a move to shore up the pathetic offense will most likely alienate fans - I know that is how I am feeling.

Monday, June 20, 2011

The W's Keep Coming

No analysis here - just a fan who is happy that his ball club is winning!  I'm not sure how they are doing it, but sometimes these things are best enjoyed without asking too many questions.  Who knows how long it will last?  I'm ready to go for a ride with these guys though.  Go M's!!

Thursday, June 02, 2011

More Than A Spark

Well here we are - June 2nd and the Mariners are the owners of shiny 28-27 record.  I'm pretty sure that if you would have told me this 6 weeks ago I would have seriously questioned your sanity.  But Baseball is a funny game - just when you think you have it all figured out, it becomes apparent that you don't.  So for the first time in quite a long while, I am actually feeling quite good about being a fan of the Seattle Mariners.  It's a good feeling - and one that I'm not going to allow myself to second guess.  It's June, there's baseball being played, and the Mariners are winning games.

Friday, April 29, 2011

A Spark Of Hope?

When I made my last blog post eleven days ago, I was honestly thinking "will I spend any more time writing about these guys?".  The Mariners were a bad team playing bad baseball.  Now, not so much.  A sweep in Detroit has started me thinking that there may be hope for these guys after all.  Of course that may change pending the outcome of the weekend series in Boston, but at this point I'm mostly optimistic.

Ryan Divish has a nice update over at the TNT - go read it.  And Go Mariners!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

*Sigh*

Not sure there is really anything else to say at this point.  Well maybe Larry LaRue has a few well chosen words that you should go and look at.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

It's Gonna Be A Long Season...

We are a week into the 2011 campaign, and I wanted to share a couple of points.
  • The Mariners still can't hit.
  • Felix and Pineda are going to be fun to watch.  I may even have to include Erik Bedard in the mix.
  • I miss Guti.
  • I'm having some very serious doubts about the bullpen.
  • Does it come as a surprise that there are still tickets left for the home opener?

Friday, April 01, 2011

Opening Day

There are lots of reasons to be excited by Opening Day.  The great Larry Stone provides his top ten list over at The Times.  I'm just happy that when the ump calls "Play Ball!" tonight it's for real.  Go M's!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Mariners Showing Signs Of Life?

Bob Condotta of the TImes seems to think that the 2011 Mariners may have begun to show that they won't be the same anemic hitters that the 2010 Mariners were.  There are some numbers that tend to back this up.  I'm hopeful that the club has finally found their hitting shoes.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Too Early To Count On Bedard?

A very quick post this morning - must tell you that it's a little hard to concentrate on baseball issues after the terrible earthquake/tsunami in Japan overnight.  Larry Stone posted this morning concerning Erik Bedard and the tantalizing prospect of him actually contributing to the starting rotation this season.  We've heard this before, and I'm certainly not going to get too excited about Bedard.  At least not yet.  :-)

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Will They Hit?

I've been putting off writing this post for a week now, but Larry Stone wrote what I have been thinking about, so here we go.  Will the Mariners actually produce any offense this season?  The early indicators give the impression that the 2011 season is going to look a lot like the 2010 season.  Beating Oakland 1-0 on 3 hits is probably not going to get the job done in the regular season.  Wedge and Z. talk about being aggressive and manufacturing runs, but there is only so much the manager can do from the dugout. Ultimately the players have to swing the bat and have a few balls drop in - and I'm not very confident that they will be able to do that based on what they have showed so far.  It's still early.  I'm trying not to let the last few bad seasons color my interpretation of results so far - but it's getting harder each day to keep from slipping into that familiar feeling. Will they hit?  Time will tell.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Spring Training!

Let the 2011 campaign begin!  Pitchers and catchers reported yesterday.  It's raining in Seattle today.  Egypt is free (well sort of - guess the hyperbole got out of control).  Here's Shannon Drayer's first update from Peoria.  To say that I am happy that Spring Training has begun would be a massive understatement!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Bradley Will Not Face Charges

Seattle P.I. reporting that Milton Bradley will not face charges.  Good news for the Mariners - should be interesting to see how things develop next week once Spring Training is underway.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Adam Kennedy - Stand Up Guy

Saw this piece in the TNT and just wanted to say that it was cool of Kennedy to reach out to the Seattle media (and fans) and admit that he had fucked up.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Happy New Year!

So I'm 27 days late - sue me!  Figured it was about time I broke the ice and made a post.  Not that there's a lot to talk about regarding our beloved Mariners.  I did find this article by Larry Stone that provides some hope for the future.  Pitchers and catchers report on February 13th.  I can hardly wait!