Sometimes, I think that my punishment in life for all the bad things I've done, and will do in the future, is being a devoted Seattle Mariners fan.
It's not an easy life, and one that takes a certain kind of person to fully commit to it.
We must be masochists. The constant pain and despair that my team has brought me over my 23 years on this earth is enough to drive a man straight into the arms of a bottle of Jack Daniels.
I know there are other fan bases out there with similar, or even harder, teams to root for. Looking at you, Cubbies, I feel your pain.
Perhaps the largest cause of headaches for us Mariners fans is the fact that it seems that the moves we make to improve seem to always blow up, ending in tears for all those involved.
And now, we go back into the darkness, and look at some of these front office mishaps.
P.S. I hate you Bill Bavasi.
Once again, I'd like to say: I HATE YOU, BILL BAVASI.
Can you imagine a rotation featuring both "The Freak" and King Felix? I can, and do almost everyday, because I have that kind of time for day dreaming.
Lincecum, a local product out of the University Of Washington, was passed over by the brilliant minds in Seattle for Brandon Morrow.
Morrow's career in Seattle was less than stellar. Despite a wealth of talent, he never was able to become a consistent figure in the Northwest, bouncing between the rotation and the bullpen.
All Lincecum has done is win two Cy Young awards, and dominate hitters in a god-like fashion.
Eric Bedard is a very good pitcher, no person alive can argue that.
However, it really helps to be on the mound to display those talents, something Bedard has rarely done since being traded to the Mariners from the Orioles.
It's not even that Bedard hasn't been healthy enough to really contribute that makes this deal so bad, it's what was given up for him.
The Mariners got Bedard. The Orioles got Adam Jones, who was supposed to be the future in Seattle; George Sherrill, who went on to become the team's closer and make an All-Star game; and two other prospects.
Sometimes, you have to over-pay to get what you need. I understand that. This was going way overboard, and was the move that eventually brought an end to Bavasi's reign of terror as Seattle GM.
"Hey, I've got an idea!
"Let's trade two guys who are going to go on and team up for a no-hitter and win a World Series, for a guy who doesn't know how to button his shirt all the way, and is named after a cartoon character!"
From what I saw in Silva's two memorable years in a Seattle uniform, he took that $48 million, and ate it.
Silva responded to being grossly overpaid by getting grossly fat, then putting up gross numbers on the field.
In two years, he went 5-18. After being traded to the Cubs? He is 7-0.
Proving once again that Seattle is some sort of talent-sucking black hole.
Sorry, Jack, I blame you for the failure that is 2010.
You set out to prove that you can win with nothing but pitching and defense, and you failed.
With a little run support, the 2010 Mariners could have been a World Series contender. Because of your failure to do what should have already been done, they are a joke.