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A Tribute to Junior

June 8, 2010 2 comments

Even though the world had been expecting the news to come – with the specific timing unknown – the revelation was still jarring. Like getting punched in the ribs after telling your soon-to-be assailant to do so. You’re bracing for the blow, but right as it’s delivered, you hold your breath, close your eyes and flinch. Complete preparation just doesn’t exist when reflecting upon the depth of meaning with an announcement like the one from this past Wednesday.

Ken Griffey Jr. has retired from baseball. Read more…

Mariners Corner: Flying Away

May 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Have you ever had the misfortune of sitting in an airport, watching out the window, as a plane you were supposed to be on taxies down the runway, preparing to take off into the ether?

Not a fun feeling. Flying on stand-by can really blow sometimes.

Essentially, Mariner fans have been standing-by this season. Hoping to get something for nothing, or at least, something for a lot less than they bargained for. Read more…

Mariners Corner: Three… is a Magic Number

April 25, 2010 Leave a comment

The Seattle Mariners last won the AL West in 2001, the very same year they tied the MLB record for wins in a regular season, with 116. In the eight seasons since, the M’s have finished last in the West four times and second to last another two.

Not coincidentally, 2001 was the last year DH Edgar Martinez had an above average offensive season. Seattle has been searching in vain for reliable middle of the order forces ever since. Read more…

Mariners Corner: A Familiar Face

April 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Instead of writing another addition of Mariners Corner, I should be finishing my break-down of the New York Yankees, in my AL East preview. But even sports writers procrastinate.

Rather than fulfill my Not in HD baseball writing obligations, I instead feel compelled to spend my time concentrating on the Pacific Northwest tonight. Specifically, on the tug of inspiration I experienced while watching one of Seattle’s prized young arms dissect the Oakland A’s, out-dueling 22-year-old phenom, Brett Anderson in the process. Read more…

Mariners Corner: Taking Chances

April 6, 2010 Leave a comment

It took some time, but I have come to grips with the fact that a vast majority of my readers are Seattle Mariners fans. And I owe them an apology for not catering to them, even in the slightest of bits. Well spite them no longer, will I. This season, I am gifting Mariner fans everywhere with a small section of Not in HD to call their own: Mariners Corner. Read more…