The pain of the Texas Rangers making it to the World Series just spread a little deeper into Seattle Marinerland.
Yes, Cliff Lee will start Game 1 against the San Francisco Giants tonight, but when the Rangers turned in their final World Series roster today, they’d added another familiar name – Mark Lowe.
Lee, Lowe and cash – yes, the Mariners sent Texas $2.25 million - went to the Rangers in exchange for first baseman Justin Smoak and pitchers Blake Beavan and Josh Lueke and second baseman Matt Lawson in July. Now, Lee and Lowe are in the World Series. Ouch.
For anyone who knew Lowe, however, that news is at least bittersweet. Lowe was the heart of Seattle’s 2009 bullpen, with all those zany helmets and the goofy pre-game antics that brought that group together. He was filling that leadership role again in 2010 when a back injury felled him in May, and he wasn’t pitching when the Mariners made him part of the trade.
Texas, however, wanted his arm for the future. Then-manager Don Wakamatsu and his coaching staff didn’t want Lowe included, but he was, and for the Rangers and Lowe, the future is now.
Lowe’s presence on the Texas roster may hurt, but it could give Seattle fans someone else to root for in the Series. Win a ring, Mr. Lowe. You can show it off when you come through town next season.