As we turn to the month of July, it's become clear that the Seattle Mariners aren't quite on par with the rest of the American League West.
Yet, that doesn't necessarily mean that all is lost as we begin the second half of the team's 2013 schedule. The M's appear to be shifting towards a youth movement with the promotion of several top prospects in recent weeks.
Still, before we get to the unofficial halfway mark at the All-Star break, I figured it might be worthwhile to take stock and enjoy some of the more memorable highlights of the season's first half.
Overall, when looking back at these moments, I like to think of them as helping tell the story of a team that is slowly but surely putting the pieces together.
Of course, there are a lot of losses wedged in between these moments, and there will likely be plenty more to come in the second half. Yet, maybe for the next few weeks the mix of young and old can work together as originally intended?
If not, we can only hope that a few of the players featured here will some day emerge as long-term fixtures within the M's lineup, as the team continues to rebuild for a day somewhere off in the future.
Until then, let's try to enjoy a few positive moments from the first three months of the season, shall we?