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Poll: Grading the '09 Seattle Mariners' commercials

PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 08:  Ken Griffey Jr. #24 of the Seattle Mariners runs to first base during a Spring Training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Peoria Stadium on March 8, 2009 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
Seattle SportsnetCorrespondent IMarch 27, 2009

You can view all five of this year’s commercials by CLICKING HERE.

Because we’re looking for something to do, we’ve decided to grade the 2009 Seattle Mariners' commercials.  We’re just weird like that.  All grades are out of five stars.  Also, cast your vote for your favorite ‘09 M’s commercial at the bottom of the article.

Commercial No. 1

Title: 24/7

Starring: Mariner manager Don Wakamatsu.

Premise: Wakamatsu’s life is all about baseball.

Grade: 4 stars

Best parts: Wakamatsu’s off-hand side comments while reading (”Huh, I didn’t know that.”) and watching movies (”I love this part.”).

 

Commercial No. 2

Title: Midnight Line Drives

Starring: Ichiro Suzuki.

Premise: Ichiro wears out a pitching machine that has to be relieved.

Grade: 3 stars

Best Parts: First off, the setting.  You can count on one hand the number of times a Mariners' ad has actually been filmed on the diamond at Safeco Field, so this is a pleasant surprise. Second, when Ichiro says, “Ahh, the croser.”

Commercial No. 3

Title: Ryan’s Big Night

Starring: Ryan Rowland-Smith.

Premise: Mariners hold a promotional night for Rowland-Smith’s homeland of Austria…which is actually Australia.

Grade: 2 stars.

Best Parts: The mayor of Vienna, and Rowland-Smith’s nouveau, sport goggles.

Commercial NO. 4

Title: Sorry

Starring: Felix Hernandez.

Premise: Felix sends his condolences to strikeout victims with cards and flowers.

Grade: 4.5 stars.

Best Parts: Felix’s accent.  His “Hab o nice day” quote at the end of the commercial is reminiscent of Edgar’s “Eez a ligh bat” from back in the day.

Commercial #5

Title: The Secret

Starring: Edgar Martinez and Jay Buhner.

Premise: Edgar and Jay get set to meet the creator of all 100 M’s commercials.

Grade: 2.5 stars.

Best Parts: Edgar saying, “Best one yet, Sprinkles!”  You could hand Edgar the dictionary and ask him to read it and it would be entertaining.

Vote on your favorite 2009 Mariners commercial.


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