It's been a long season in Seattle, as the Mariners have tried to kick-start the rebuilding process once again, but thus far have experienced mixed results.
On a day-to-day basis, it's proven challenging to keep hope in the ballclub, read stories on the team or listen to the experts on the radio. You try not to let the negativity get to you, but every so often someone says something that gets your attention.
When Jay Buhner spoke on Tuesday to ESPN 710 on the Brock and Salk show to discuss the potential of resigning Ichiro after this season, Bone didn't pull any punches in declaring...
"I'd vomit,'' Buhner said. "I mean, really, no offense. No offense, we've got to get this organization turned around. You can't be spending all the money on one guy.''
Fair point, but perhaps a bit over the top?
At any rate, Buhner shared a few other choice words in his discussion, but one particular statement struck a chord with me...
"You need some people in there with a chip on their shoulder. Some people in there that are proud to wear the Seattle Mariners uniform. And I'm not seeing that as much anymore. Guys that are going in, heart breaking up. I mean, just play with an attitude, man, that's what I want to see. Guys that are enjoying what they're doing, playing with an attitude and getting better. Just get better. Show me some signs.''
It was the kind of statement that really cut to the heart of the matter with the current state of the M's.
What does it mean to wear the uniform?
As a change of pace I figured it might be interesting to power rank each of the Mariners uniforms throughout their history.