A reminder, as the Seattle Mariners were eliminated from the American League West, why most of us love major league baseball and those who play it.
On Saturday in Anaheim, left-handed rookie Ryan Rowland-Smith – Seattle’s resident Australian player – met before the game with a pair of his father’s friends, who were seeing their first big-league game.
Rowland-Smith was called in to relieve with two outs and a runner on first base, but didn’t need to throw a pitch. He picked Chone Figgins off first base and jogged to the dugout.
"I was hoping like crazy they’d send me out again to pitch the next inning," Rowland-Smith said, "because otherwise those folks would have thought that’s all I did – get called into games to pick someone off first base."
Finishing second isn’t what the Mariners nor their fans wanted this season, but it doesn’t hurt to remember the pleasure the game and those who inhabit it bring.
It’s not just about wins and losses.