Last night the Mariners brass added another section to the infamous “Kings Court” to accommodate the growing number of enthusiastic and vocal Seattle Mariners Fans who were treated to a victory by the King himself. went eight frames allowing only one run and delivered the first hit by a pitcher at Safeco Field since it was opened as the Mariners beat the Marlins 5-1.
All the while the eclectic bunch in the left field corner held up K signs, chanted in unison and just generally created a stir on a night where the Mariners really had the home-field advantage provided by a local fan base even though this game was technically a road game for our .500 club.
While I”m not to sure how much of this ruckus is spontaneous and how much the PR hacks with the club have done to foster this phenomenon, either way it is a great thing and long overdue. I recall the glory days from 95-2001 when we were in the hunt and how vibrant and alive the crowds here in Seattle were, especially back in the Kingdome era. Some of you may recall the “Donnie Strikeout” chant that was developed spontaneously during the 95 series with the Yankees to taunt the visiting team and how miserable of a series had here in Seattle. This sort of synergy created between a creative fan base and a group of players can be magical as we witnessed last night with .
Somehow the Kings Court crowd came up with an old adaptation of a chant from the the Wizard of Oz and were chanting OLIVO Oooooh in the ninth. Olivo responded with a game clinching two-run homer and later told the mainstream press that he had never had a chant like this before in his career and he was grateful and wanted to produce with that at bat for the fans, and indeed he did.
Now I”m sure that most of the stat-geek bloggers will dismiss the importance of having the fans and players feeding off each others energy, but one doesn”t have to look to far down the coast to recall the magical synergy created between the Giants players and their fans last season. I was able to attend a NLCS game myself between the Giants and Phillies and observed grown men and women wearing black beards like the eccentric closer . vendors were selling Panda Hats in the stadium for their chubby third basemen and there were tons of T- shirts with that said ” Let him Smoke” with a marijuana leaf on them! Not to mention having songs posted on youtube by the fans that ended up being played in the stadium.
At some point when a team gets hot and the local fans start identifying with the players and visa- versa the game of Baseball can take on a new dimension. This blog is dedicated to helping create that energy with all you readers and contributors and myself in support of our club. This season has had a lot of ups and downs but it is beginning to become fun and may allow the next generation of Seattle Mariners fans and players to connect and create the kind of bond and synergy that can not be replicated by hydro races and rally fries. Go M”s ! http://jeffsmariners.com