All-Star Game over and Mariners Fans Look to Future

 

Mariano Rivera waves Goodbye at ALL-Star Game.

Mariano Rivera tips his hat, Classy all the way..

Well now that the 2013 All-Star game is behind us, featuring a win by the American League and a final goodbye to the greatest closer in the history of the game Mariano Rivera, it’s time to start thinking about the second half. The Mariners were 8-5 in the last couple weeks of the first half and gave us long- suffering Mariners fans a delightful taste of what we really could have here. Offensively I haven’t seen anything like this in several years, and hope it wasn’t just a tease.

 

So far our general manager Jack Zduriencik has held off on the annual fire sale as the trade deadline approaches, but there is every indication that teams around the league are knocking at his door trying to pry away the likes of Oliver Perez, Raul Ibanez, Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse. Somehow I’d like to hang on to at least two of the sluggers and if we do deal Perez we need to get more than just our usual supply of prospects for the tough lefty. It will be interesting to see how the fans here in Seattle react to our club in the second half now that the weather has turned into the beautiful summer months that we all wait for. As you can tell it has been hard for me to get too excited about the 2013 Seattle Mariners, after 36 years of being a loyal fan. But if they were to sustain the sort of play they finished up with last week, you can bet you’ll be hearing and seeing a lot more from Jeff’s Mariners Fan Blog.

 

As far as Mariano Rivera is concerned, you can’t find a classier guy in the game today than him. I faintly remember his first appearances in 95 when we beat the Yankees and then facing him in 2000 and 2001 for the ALCS games. The guy is and was simply the best at what he does. It was nice to hear Tim McCarver who is also retiring after this year, make a reference to Edgar Martinez last night during the 2013 All-Star game. Apparently Martinez would move in on the plate on Mariano which eventually forced Rivera to changes approach when delivering his nasty cutter. And even though Felix Hernandez appeared in his fourth All-Star game, and represented our city well with a scoreless inning, it was kind of sad to know that once again the Seattle Mariners would not be referred to  much during the on the air chatter about what was going on in the league in 2013. I was hoping to hear at least a mention of the wonderful story surrounding Raul Ibanez and his fantastic first half. But alas it was all Chris Davis and Miguel Cabrera talk last night. America loves a winner that’s for darn sure.

 

The Mariners will resume play Friday in Houston for a three-game series before coming back on the 22nd to face Cleveland and then the Minnesota Twins. This looks like a stretch where we should be able to move a little closer to the infamous .500 Mark which has been my goal all year. I think the second half is going to be a lot of fun and hope to see more of you guys either down at Safeco or here on my Mariners blog. Go Mariners! http://jeffsmariners.com

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