I’ve been a Seattle Mariners fan since day one. Watching them in the Kingdome, then at Safeco Field, I’ve seen Junior’s home runs, Edgar’s hits and Ichiro’s acrobatic catches. I’ve eaten more hot dogs than I care to remember. I’ve stayed a true, loyal fan hoping for another title and maybe even a World Series appearance.
Yet, I regret to say, I will take down the pennant that adorns my home office wall, remove the bumper sticker from my truck and tear up my fan shirts for use as cleaning rags.
I have come to realize that the front office and general manager of our beloved Mariners are not interested in fielding a winning team. They are interested in one thing: money.
They trade away “proven” pitchers and hitters for “promising” young prospects, then tout them as the future of the club. When they become “proven” ball players, they are traded away for more “promising” prospects.
Upper management keeps just enough excellent talent to draw crowds to line their pockets, like Felix Hernandez and Ichiro Suzuki. If they weren’t on the team, what reason would there be to go to the ball park?
Say what you will about the late George Steinbrenner, but that man was committed to just one thing: winning. He spent money to field a winning team and they have the rings to prove it.
After 33 years, all we have to show for it is a pretty new stadium.