In the world of sports, much can be said about the characteristics of different fanbases. For example, we all know about Oakland Raiders fans being notoriously vicious, or Duke Blue Devil basketball fans being completely over-the-top crazy during games. But if there is one thing that rings true with the Seattle Mariners' fanbase, it's pessimism.
This is not by any fault of their own though, do not get me wrong. There just simply hasn't been much reason for excitement or happiness for Mariner fans since the early 2000's. Letdown after letdown in clutch situations during games, disgusting trades and free-agent signings and the inability for top prospects to become even halfway decent baseball players can wear down a fan so much that the only way to cope is to be overly pessimistic.
For the Mariners though, it appears that there are finally some pieces in place that will provide long-term stability. So, Mariner fans, let's try this together. Here are three reasons to be optimistic about your team.