Somewhere in the 8th inning tonight as I was watching Jamie Wright load the bases with walks, my mind began to drift into the much practiced numbness that I have developed over the recent years as a Mariners fan. I was not even particularly upset when another mediocre pitcher of ours in this case David Pauley got shelled for 3 bombs in the 6th to put this one away tonight. Perhaps I have finally begun to accept the fact that our ownership group was ok no matter what happened tonight because 20,545 people had paid to be entertained by tonight’s Mariners mediocre effort in the 5-3 loss to the Angels.
It used to bug me in years past when I would here Howard Lincoln or Chuck Armstrong along with whatever GM or manager was playing the role at the time, talk about being ” Competitive” rather than trying to get to the World Series and win. Now I am beginning to realize that this is the role of our team in MLB today.
It could be worse, we could be the Pittsburg Pirates where it was revealed recently by documents posted on www.deadspin.com that the Pirates owners actually have no intention of trying to win but rather are just happy to lose and receive enough revenue sharing money to turn a tidy profit.
The owners of the Mariners are sort of in the middle of this racket wherein they are not really supposed to win but just compete and leaving winning to clubs like the Yankees or Red Sox who then in turn generate enough money to subsidize teams like Kansas City or Pittsburg so the whole scheme just keep rolling.
Of course the Pittsburg fans have a right to be irate, but hey this is a business as they say and the Pirates owners are playing right along with their assigned role as losers so the owners can get their kick-back every year.
It was interesting to review the financial documents posted for the Mariners:
Though I am no accountant I did read some tidbits regarding the paying back of monies owed for back taxes to the Govt. here and the intricate method that was used to defer payments for the taxes on the stadium over a long period of time.
But as a team destined to be mediocre and only be “Competitive” there is a fine balancing act that must keep Chuck Armstrong up late at night figuring out how to continue the charade year after year. So far it is working quite well with the Mariners actually being a team that has had to pay rather than receive revenue sharing money, and yet still turn a profit.
Of course in order for this to continue the fans will have to continue showing up for drill and watching Hydro Races, Groundskeepers dancing, collecting bobble-heads and just generally behaving as if the Win-Loss record is secondary to the privilege of sitting in a nice stadium and clapping when prompted.
I am not quite there yet but wonder how many more years of mediocre ball I can stomach. I have a hunch guys like Armstrong and Lincoln will try to outsmart me again next year with some big-name manager, or perhaps another not quite right trade for another in a long line of players destined to play the role of mediocre players in Seattle..
I know some of you still have some fire in your bellies and want to win, so take a minute and review these documents and see what you can discover, I’d love to find the smoking gun but think our top brass is to clever for that…..http://jeffsmariners.com
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