The Mariners lost today for the 101st time in a season that will be remembered for years to come in a way that sailors speak of ships that they were on that went down. There will be nick-names, certain looks, perhaps even a new derogatory term saved for the most miserable events on the field……Or maybe it will be wiped from our collective minds by some miracle from King Neptune….
Yes Felix had a great year and hopefully will win the Cy-Young award. And of course Ichiro had another 200 hit season. But the rest of the year was a shipwreck in so many ways that are not even worth going over again in detail. It is time to re-group and move on with my creative writing to distant shores of my imagination far away from Lopez Island, sub-.200 hitters, Chuck Armstrong and all the other scallywags who have sucked on my creative flow to the point where I feel like I have baseball-scurvy!
I may put together a larger wrap-up of the season at some point after I process it a bit, or I may just move on to the postseason . I had many long bitter voyages when I went to Sea, that just like this season seemed like they would never end. But once the ship was tied-up in port and I slung my seabag over my shoulder and walked down the gangway I was able to forget all about my last voyage and step ashore. This season is perhaps one that is best dealt with in that manner.
The 2010 Mariners was a bad ship, more like what we used to call a rust-bucket. Sometimes I would swear I would never go back to Sea after a bad voyage like this season, yet after a few months ashore with my money running low my mind would always drift back to the Sea. At this moment I feel like I never want to talk or hear anything again about this rust-bucket 2010 season. This ship needs to go into the shipyard for a major overhaul from bow to stern. We need to find a qualified skipper to take command on the field and many of the crew will be walking around the waterfront looking for a new shipping company to sign-on with next season. And of course the ownership and front-office types are so unbearable that I really don’t know if I can sail with them again no matter how many bobble-heads and trinkets they try to Shanghai me with next year.
As for you my loyal readers I want to thank you for following along for this long voyage. If my direct and to the point waterfront style of journalism upset you I hope you find a new Blogship, perhaps with a fancy new sabermetrics hull that will be more comforting to your landlubber senses. And for those of you who hung in there with this old Mariner through the storms and rare calm weather, sending the occasional notes of encouragement, I want you to know I really appreciate you. It has been an honor and a privilege to sail with you and perhaps we will ship out again together during the offseason when and if the Good ship Mariners looks like she is ready for Sea again. Until then, smooth sailing…..Jeff Engels finished with Engines 10/4/2010 http://jeffsmariners.com