Elise and Jerry talked about being a Mariners fan and how tough it is today on the show. Callers talked about how they don't go to games anymore and don't root for the team anymore. I wrote an article a few weeks back giving ten reasons why I am still a M's fan.
By Robin Dich, written on my blog.
Many of my peers and friends know I am a huge Mariner's fan. It's been a tough 12 years since we've been in the playoffs. In 2001, the Mariners won 116 games and that is the last time we've reached the post season. From 2001 on, we flirted with the playoffs for a couple of times and other times we've flirted with the worst of the worst. When a conversation comes up about the Mariners, the negatives seem to start pouring in. Mitch in the Morning said it best, talking about the M's is like quick sand, once you're in it you can't get out of talking about how horrible the M's are.
The question I get after many games is how am I still a Mariners fan. How do I get myself to go to games and watch them on television, well here is my ten reasons why I am still true to the blue.
10. The Commercials
I still love the M's commercials, this year has been weak so far, but I've seen some good ones. It helps me get to know the personalities of some player you wouldn't know too well from just watching them play baseball. Some of my favorites are...
9. My Nostalgic Past
I can refer back to 1995, when as a child I learned how to truly love a sports team. It was a magical year in the Kingdome and every M's fan can quote the call from Dave Niehaus, with Edgar up to bat and he hits a double down the left field line and Griffey scores the game winning run! And who could forget 2001. The 116 wins, tying the all-time record, four pitchers with 15 wins plus, Ichiro wins the RoY and MVP. Also, Kazuhiro Sasaki set the record for saves in a year. Lastly, our hitting was un-freaking believable. Just look up the stats.
Watching the M's now is hard, but for some reason after having those two magical season I know the M's can return to greatness and when they are back I'll be one of the few still here. Also, you don't want to give up on Dave Niehaus' dream and when I heard his voice, it didn't matter if the Mariners lost. I listened to him after practices, before bed. He is the greatest Mariner I know, and I can't give up on what he believed in.
Phrases to Remember: "My oh my!" "Sodo Mojo" "Two outs, So what?"
My All-Star Mariners Team from 1995-2013 (All in their primes)
RF: Ichiro Suzuki
CF: Ken Griffey Jr
LF: Mike Cameron
3rd: David Bell
SS: Alex Rodriguez
2nd: Bret Boone
1st: John Olerud
DH: Edgar Martinez
C: Dan Wilson
SP: Felix Hernandez, Jamie Moyer, Aaron Sele, Randy Johnson, Freddy Garcia
RP: Arthur Rhodes, Shigetoshi Hasegawa, Jeff Nelson, J.J Putz, Norm Charlton, David Aardsma
Closer: Kazuhiro Sasaki
Bench: Willie Bloomquist, Mark McLemore, Tino Martinez, Jay Buhner
8. Seattle Sports
It's a tough thing to be a Seattle sports fan, however you always have to root for the home team. The only thing Seattle has won is a WNBA Championship, an NBA championship in 79' and a hockey championship a century ago. Much props to Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird, but I don't count that in the past 20 years. The Seahawks have high expectations and could be the next franchise to win, but that's a little less then 100 days left. And now we don't have a basketball team there isn't anything to root for at the beginning of baseball season. We are stuck with the Seattle Mariners to root for from April to September. It's a hard knock life for Seattle fans.
7. Safeco Field
I love going to games at Safeco Field, win or lose. It's a great stadium with ton of interactive features that keep the experience different every time. I loved the Kingdome, but its good to have a stadium solely for baseball. It also hosted in its 2nd year, one of the best teams in MLB history. It also allowed fans to sit on the field/all over the stadium to watch the M's opening day on the big screen, how cool is that? You have the "Hit Here Cafe", center field bleachers, the Sounders train, and of course the roof. Also, the give-aways/promotions the M's have are monumental. The Felix Hernandez bobble head, beard-beanie, King's Court, the whole shabang. Never have I've gone to a game being disappointed by Safeco Field.
6. Felix Hernandez
Did you know, Felix Hernandez has the highest WAR (Wins Above Replacements) that hasn't reached the playoffs before, in the history of baseball? Well, chew on that one. This guys has given this team everything. One Cy Young, one perfect game, and a 19 win-season. He has reached three All-Star games and has been the face of this franchise through this hard time. After signing a huge contract, he wants to stay here, but its time for us to repay him. We love to know we always have a chance to win with him on the mound. You get the feeling it's an automatic win whenever he is going on the mound. He will most likely be the greatest M's pitcher or at least right next to Randy Johnson.
5. The Mariners Fan Base
This guy represents all M's fans. Enough said.
4. The Change of Heart Whenever the M's Win
I know for a fact Mariner fans are feel like we can win the World Series when we have a victory like we did against San Diego when Nick Franklin hit two home runs. The Seattle area is just a sucker for baseball. We can talk negatively about our team everyday, hate on them, and say they are the worst, but the second there is hope, we love baseball again and the Mariners are the best team ever. I love that feeling, but the worse feeling is when we lose terribly the next day.
3. We Love Baseball
Baseball is one of those sports that is truly an American Past Time. As a kid its one of the most bonding sports there is, chants, after game snacks and playing every single position on the field in one game. It's one of the hardest sports to get far in, if you want to go pro, you have high school, club sports, college, then draft, next are four levels of the minor leagues, then you can be a professional baseball player after you surpass all of those levels. We are in awe what baseball players can do, win or lose. Here is a quote that I love about baseball from the movie Fever Pitch.
“ They’re here. Every April, they’re here. At 1:05 or at 7:05, there is a game. And if it gets rained out, guess what? They make it up to you. Does anyone else in your life do that? The Red Sox don’t get divorced. This is a real family. This is the family that’s here for you. ”
2. The Future/Farm System
Our future is bright, I chose this as the number two reason because according to many sites and sources, the Mariners have the second best farm system in the Major Leagues. I know we have had disappointing prospects so far with Ackley, Smoak, and Montero, but they are still young, don't fully give up on them you never know. Look at Dominic Brown. Nick Franklin has shown we can still develop major league players in our farm system. Brad Miller is another name you should look out for. However, there is pitching in our near future. We all know the struggle is the 3, 4, and 5 spot in our starting rotation. Well, we have pitchers to fulfill these positions. One is Danny Hultzen, a hard throwing left handed pitcher with great command. He is hurt at the moment, but we should expect him to come up sometime this year. Another is a even harder throwing pitcher, lefty, James Paxton, who can throw in the upper 90s, but has trouble with his command right now. Lastly, our next ace in the making, Taijuan Walker, who is on the AA team. He has the stuff to become an Ace for the M's after Hernandez. The 2nd best farm system will mean something one day, hopefully that day comes soon.
1. Thinking Every Year, is "The Year"
For the past 12 years I've told myself this next year is going to be "the year". I have Deja Vu every April. I have probably exhausted myself from denial and lying all these years, but I can't help it. Whether it's acquiring Adrian Beltre and Richie Sexson, trading for Cliff Lee or grabbing very promising prospects at that time. Even bringing in the fences or getting a bigger screen in the stadium makes me believe this is the year. It's starting to become a problem as a M's fan, but hey, it's how I get through the day.