All is quiet on the Northwest front as the surprising Seattle Mariners prepare for the huge three game series with the visiting New York Yankees. This series is where the rubber hits the road as far as the surging Mariners are concerned here in the young 2011 season.This series comes down to a classic David vs. Goliath match-up that should be fun, of course just bringing-up the New York Yankee name here in Seattle can evoke all kinds of emotions around the city depending on who you talk to.
We actually had a vital and energized rivalry with the Yankees dating back to the glory days in the mid-90’s highlighted of course by the 95 playoff victory by the Mariners over the Yankees at the Kingdome. As much as I like to bask in the glory of the infamous thrilling series here which I attended, the losses handed to us by the same Yankees in 2000 and 2001 in the ALCS still stick in my gut just as deep if not more.
For awhile they were selling “Yankees Suck” T-Shirts outside Safeco Filed until they were deemed inappropriate by the Family-friendly marketing folks for the Mariners who put the cbash on the wearing of these T-Shirts inside Safeco. Part of the angst around here also comes from our historic role out here in the NW as being the un-New York ie: mellow, polite and sort of non-confrontational (but still passive-aggressive). Of course it doesn’t help when 7-8 thousand Yankees fan show up at the Safe during the annual trips west by the Yankees.
For me it is a little tricky as my Grandfather Gordon “Dusty” Rhodes played for the Yankees from 1929-32 (pictured above second row up, third from left) and thus I have some emotional attachment to the Yankees.As a matter of fact a couple years ago I even jumped-on the Yankees bandwagon for the postseason when they won it all, much to the dismay of my friends here in Seattle!
But like them or hate them, the Yankees are in town complete with a long heritage of excellence coupled with a history of buying the top talent at whatever the price in order to win (A-Rod amongst others). And make no mistake about it though I have Yankees roots, my heart is with the Mariners this weekend even though I will be in Tri-Cities playing softball myself and won’t make it down to the Safe. But that doesn’t mean you can’t head down and make some noise for the red-hot Mariners in the biggest series of the year so far. Go M’s! http://jeffsmariners.com