Seattle needed four more outs last night to temporarily rejuvenate sports in the Emerald City. With the Sonics gone and the Mariners set to finish what was supposed to be "our year" in last place, a no-no by former first round pick Brandon Morrow would've done the trick.
Last night, Morrow made his first major league start against the struggling Yankees. Batter after batter was fanned, and it looked like Morrow would have just enough gas in the tank to get through a game in which he was only supposed to pitch five innings.
With big-league pitchers getting pitch counts now, M's skipper Jim Riggleman was pacing in the dugout, as the pitch count nonsense went out the window.
As I huddled around the TV in the break room with several of my fellow employees, Morrow trotted to the mound for the eighth inning. Two down, and Wilson Betamit was up. Liner over Ichiro's head, goodbye no-no.
So I returned to work, disappointed not only in Betamit's hit, but the M's season in general. This offseason, it seemed that former GM Bill Bavasi had made the right moves for the Mariners to make a run.
Picking up ace Erik Bedard for George Sherill and Adam Jones would certainly make Seattle a better team. Wrong. Sherill made the all-star team and picked up tons of saves, while Jones continues to develop into one of the young phenoms of the game. Bedard was injured from the all-star break on, and had only a handful of solid starts.
Looking into the future is key, as Morrow will be a member of the starting rotation in 2009. If Bedard can get healthy, and Felix Hernandez can win a few more, the Mariners rotation may not be the laughing stock they were this year.
Seattle sports had a rough summer, no doubt. So now, there's only one thing Seattleites can say: Go Seahawks!