I was all set to deliver another game-day analysis tonight after spending the evening watching the game and taking notes, but after the latest melt-down by the bullpen I decided to go off script. Partially I am prompted by suffering another humiliating sweep, and partially after reading the articles written by Geoff Baker, Art Thiel and Steve Kelley. All three made some valid points in their own ways, but I have to agree the most with Steve Kelley in his article:
Geoff Baker makes a few good points but seems to be somehow trying to affix some of the blame on the Mariners fans for allowing this seemingly endless debacle to continue when he wrote: So, who are these “fans” who go to Mariners games?
And thenArt Thiel countered with a sort of rebuttal to Baker bringing up some good points of his own in: Are ‘soft’ fans part of Mariners‘ mediocre image?
So now it is our turn, the fans, you included to say our piece. I am going to assume that if you’re reading Jeff’s Mariners Fan Blog at this point in the season you are as much of a hardcore fan as me. You got to games, read the sports page, watch FSN or listen to the radio night after night, year after year and you are Mad as Hell and can’t take it anymore!
More of what? Well we can’t take the way this franchise that represents our city and region has been run for the past 9 years at least.
Were tired of losing! Do you hear that Hiroshi Yamaguchi wherever you are!
Mr. Yamaguchi it is not working for you or us to allow HOWARD LINCOLN and CHUCK ARMSTRONG to have a free rein to run this baseball team!
If you are not going to take control of your team Mr. Yamaguchi then please sell it to someone who will. Or at a minimum fire Howard Lincoln and Chuck Armstrong, they have ruined this team with their meddling, incompetence and lack of baseball knowledge.
We are the fans who year after year spend the money to support this team and we will gladly continue to spend money, But WE WANT TO WIN!
We are not interested in simply watching hydro races, hat tricks and collecting boblehead dolls anymore. We Love Baseball and Deserve a decent team,Hiroshi Yamaguchi.
Actually even Ichiro is nearing the end of his productive years Mr. Yamaguchi and since you have chosen to entrust Howard Lincoln and Chuck Armstrong with the affairs of your team, Ichiro will be forced to play on losing teams. It is not the players, managers or GM’s that have been creating this mess it is the top management, and if you fail to act Mr. Yamaguchi it will be your fault!
So this is it Hiroshi either start getting involved or sell the team to someone who cares about the Mariners, Baseball and Seattle as it appears you don’t care and we the fans do! http://jeffsmariners.com