Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE
Last week when listing some reasonable goals for the Mariners final stretch, I mentioned how it might be feasible for the team's young core to finish strong.
Call me greedy, but I want more and I'd like to think that all of you would agree.
It's not enough to accept mediocre, just as it's wrong to expect ownership to spend a ton of money this offseason or move in the fences.
No, what the Mariners need is to have Justin Smoak, Dustin Ackley, Jesus Montero, Kyle Seager and even Michael Saunders not just hit a few homers or raise their averages a few points, but to scratch, claw and fight for every hit, stolen base, and diving play to prove that this is the group of youngsters we should be investing our hopes and dreams in for the next 5-10 years.
If they can provide hope of something greater, something meaningful, then perhaps the M's do end up keeping Felix as opposed to dealing with all of the rumors, perhaps we stop worrying about the fences and how Safeco is a "death-trap" for right handed power hitters and with that perhaps the organization does spend a little money freed up by Ichiro's departure to find an outfielder that can mash.
And perhaps...we finally stop making excuses and turn the page.
To me this is what matters most when looking at all of the points on this list.
Day in and day out the rest of the way I want to see dirty uniforms on guys committed to earning our admiration and respect, not just a paycheck in a city where expectations are so low that .500 is considered acceptable.
It's not acceptable and I'd like to think that you agree, but also love this team enough to believe that what we are seeing now is hopefully the first step towards something great instead of a mere mirage in the middle of the summer.
Time will tell, but in Felix we trust, as for now he's all we've got...