Today is June 17th and the Seattle Mariners are a half game out of first in the AL West with the powerful Philadelphia Phillies coming to town for a weekend series that could be the turning point for this season. Somewhere back in April I remember thinking about this series wondering if we would get to see Cliff Lee pitch and maybe catch a glimpse of Ryan Howard taking a few big hacks.But mostly I was dreading the thought of this media darling coming to town as we were floundering in the cellar of our little four team division and being forced to sit next to a bunch of loud Phillies fans with their bright red caps and East Coast accents right here in Mayberry with skyscrapers.
But somehow we find ourselves in an entirely different situation as Eric Wedge and his crew prepare themselves for a crucial series. If by chance we get swept by the new “Big Red Machine” most of the pundits both locally and on the National scene will be quick to dismiss our clubs surprising start as a fluke and deserving of the second tier status that us odd Northwest types almost seem to relish.
But then again maybe King Neptune along with the spirit of Dave Niehaus will continue to be on our side like they were Wednesday night when Carlos Peguero drove-in a pair of runs on a routine grounder that managed to bounce off second base enabling our boys to salvage the final game of the Angels series. This has been a fun season thus far and somehow I have a hunch that we may not have seen the best part yet.
It is funny to listen to folks around Seattle talk about the the Mariners these days as most are not really paying much attention or waiting for the other shoe to drop so they can resume the trademark passive-aggressive Seattle whining. But ready or not the Phillies are coming, and with the addition of Dustin Ackley to go along with our scrappy bunch of forgotten veterans and hungry youngsters I dare say that the Phillies may be in for a bit of a surprise this weekend. ( if you’d like to buy forex trading software , go to forex shop) As a matter of fact I predict we will win this series and find ourselves in the limelight when we take over the lead in the AL West from the struggling Texas Rangers. The barometer is going to start rising this weekend with the summer solstice right around the corner and there is nothing like a pennant race to bring a city together, especially one as sleepy and hungry for a a winner as ours. Go M’s! http://jeffsmariners.com