Sacrificing a Surprisingly Successful Season For Marginal Talent.

Ben CostaContributor IAugust 25, 2009

NEW YORK - JULY 01:  Jarrod Washburn #56 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the New York Yankees on July 1, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

  Wow, he sure didn't look washed up to me when he threw a 1-hitter against the Orioles! In fact, he was one single away from a perfect game. That night, the M's moved another game above .500 and another game closer to a possible wild card berth.

  But, to my disbelief, after a gem like that several "fans" were calling up the post-game radio show and saying that now was the time for a fire sale.  I really hope that this is the minority of the fans. None of the callers suggested adding talent only getting rid of it.

  So far, with the exception of Washburn for French and Robles (neither of whom were in Baseball America's list of top 10 Tigers pitching prospects) Zduriencik has made some great moves and Wakamatsu has these guys fighting every night. It would've been fun to experience a winning season with 3 starting pitchers in the top 5 in AL ERA. Oh, well.

  Sure the M's worst losing streak of the season happened at a bad time. I don't believe that meant it was time to "abandon ship". Are the only acceptable outcomes for Mariners fans a Championship or a last-place finish?

  Too many fans were a too quick to write off a scrappy team that was upsetting major-market titans, even while dealing with critical injuries.  To fairweather fans I say, put back on your Yankees caps.

  It almost seems that this city has embraced a culture of losing. In fact, didn't Seattle just lose an NBA team? 

  If you are like me and want to see the Mariners play for "this" year every year, tell me about it.  I want to hear your voices!