Hello Mariners Nation, I suppose after yesterday”s post on fan apathy including my own it was inevitable that King Neptune would rise again and give us all a reason to hang in there. Little did we know it would be a 21-8 offensive explosion like The Mariners put together down in Arlington last night.
So here I sit the morning after the massacre on my 54th birthday trying to process what happened last night. And all I can say was it was a lot. A lot of hits, homers, weird wind-blown balls and perhaps even some hope that this crew of young ballplayers are really going to develop into a competitive club. It was a nice birthday present indeed to watch guys like Seager, Montero, Saunders and tear the cover of the ball as if to tell us all not to give up the ship yet.
And last night”s slaughter may have just answered the dilemma has been facing with the #3 spot in the lineup as showed with his four hit effort that he is more than capable of filling the slot Ichiro has occupied all year with the exception of last night. Ichiro belongs in the leadoff or #2 spot on this club and I have a feeling Eric Wedge will make the switch starting off in Chicago tomorrow when we roll into the Windy City and try to put a stop to the White Sox”s 8-game winning streak.
Of course it is possible that last night was just one of those freak events that occur now and then, but when I saw the wind blow “s home run back onto the field I knew that something miraculous was happening. There is an old saying in certain quarters “Don”t Give Up 5 minutes before the miracle” and in the Mariners case it might be 5 years before the miracle, but either way our faith in this club has been more than tested and last night we got a special reward that was more than a coincidence after my article yesterday on fan apathy in Mariners Nation. I wouldn”t be surprised if the spirit of Dave Niehaus had something to do with this little miracle either….Go M”s http://jeffsmariners.com