Posts Tagged ‘Seattle Mariners’

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…

Around the League (Opening Day)

April 6, 2010 Leave a comment

No amount of hyperbole can quite measure up to Jason Heyward’s superhero like introduction to MLB yesterday. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a debut quite as spectacular. Not to say there hasn’t been one, just that I haven’t seen it. 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…

Digging Up the AL West

March 11, 2010 Leave a comment

When I was younger, I was obsessed with dinosaurs. Just completely enamored with them. Their magnificent sizes (really small to really tall), creepy scales, weaponry tails and tongue-twisting names captivated me. It seemed like I knew everything there was to know about roughly 90 percent of all pre-historic creatures, land and sea. In reality, the percentage was probably a lot closer to three percent.

What fascinated me the most though, was the process of digging up bones. I wanted nothing more than to be a paleontologist or an archeologist. That’s right. I wanted to be a Ross Geller. Over the years that aspiration began to fade, as I figured out how much schooling the job would require and how little I would likely actually dig-up.

Still the dream of discovery and exploration emerges from time to time. So let’s take that theme and run with it, taking an exploratory journey beneath the surface of the AL West.

The objective? Discovering our 2010 AL WEST winner. Read more…

Deal or No Deal: Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee

December 16, 2009 2 comments

The Philadelphia Phillies finally got their man, but at what cost? Read more…

Welcome to the Big Leagues Dusty Ryan

September 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Dusty Ryan

Most of you are probably familiar with the many “exclusive interviews” I conduct from time to time, you know, the ones where I pretend to be important enough on the sports writing circuit to actually talk with the players I write about.

Well this is not one of those faux interviews. As Bud Selig would say: This time… it counts. Read more…

Seattle’s E.M.P. – Experience Mariners Project

August 16, 2009 Leave a comment
Safeco Field

Contrary to what most of you likely assume, the Pacific Northwest is not the dynamic sports metropolis it is often made out to be. Boring teams, bland stadiums and unintelligible fans, complimented by deer-in-the-headlights sports talk radio hosts, equal underwhelming experiences by those of us who as transient residents have experienced more joyous sports cultures.

Still, you have to get your fan-fix somewhere. Even if that means a mid-August weeknight trip to Safeco field. Read more…