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And so it begins …

Post by Ryan Divish on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:40 am with 8 Comments »
October 11, 2012 3:22 pm

Come on, you thought I was going to break out the old Eminem lyrics.  But that’s been done so many times before. And right now, it’s a new day and a new way on the Mariners Insider.  Yep, I just referenced the Mariners’ 2009 marketing slogan.

Today officially marks my full-time return to the Mariners beat for the News Tribune. Obviously, many people knew the change was coming. I know it’s been mentioned on Twitter and the radio some.  The decision was made a few months ago to have Larry move to a news side columnist, while I would leave the Huskies beat and return back to covering baseball. For people who know me even a little, they know my heart really never left baseball when I switched beats a few years ago.  It’s my sport. It’s my first love.  It’s what I feel I cover best. And it feels good to be back to what I consider home.

Before we go any further, I need to thank Larry for all he’s done for the paper, the blog and me. The man covered baseball for more than 30 years. You will not find a person, who writes a better game story – period. He can take a stinker of a Mariners game – and there have been plenty – and craft a funny, readable and smart recount. They read  like poetry at times. When I was kind of forced into the beat in 2008, Larry tolerated my ignorance, constant questions and temper tantrums, while showing me how everything works. He gave me freedom to post on here, and continue to be a large part of the coverage even when it was his beat. I wouldn’t be writing this without his help. I consider him a friend, not just a colleague.

Going forward, the way I cover the Mariners and handle the blog will be similar to the way I did things in the past. There are no exact plans or formats – other than to provide consistent content. I want the blog is a meeting place for Mariners and baseball fans – a place to not only get news, but to discuss it. I will try to provide information, analysis and conversation in any way possible. But with blog particularly, the content can also be dictated by the people reading it – meaning I want to provide what you want or expect. So feel free to email me or leave comments about what you want and need in Mariners coverage.

One thing I don’t want to do is talk down to you or come off as some condescending baseball know it all. I don’t know it all. One of the best aspects of baseball is that you never stop learning about the game. The plan is for me to not only to learn about new statistical measures and ways to look at the game, but pass them on to the readers. Above all else, I try to keep in mind that I”m writing about grown men playing a child’s game. And I refuse to be one of those people that takes myself too seriously, since I think people are predisposed to take you less seriously when you do.  As Crash Davis said in Bull Durham: “This game is supposed to be fun dammit.”

Technically it isn’t a new day, and maybe it won’t be a new way. But it will be a different way. And I promise it won’t be dull.

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. bbnate420 says:

    God help us all! JJ, welcome Ryan.

    Ryan, do you see the M’s making any significant investments in a hitter or 2 this winter? What would you think of them signing David Wright to like a 4 year, 60 mil contract, which would mean moving Seager to 2nd and Ackley to the OF? Are there plans for Zunino to play any winter ball? Thanks.

  2. dontbesilly says:

    I like both of you as writers, so no complaints here. I’ll be interested to hear how excited you get when Josh Hamilton gets his contract with the M’s. Because….it will happen!

  3. bbnate420 says:

    dontbesilly is a good response to Josh Hamilton coming to the M’s.

  4. elkhorn says:

    Uh, excuse me, Mr Divish. On the Itchy & Scratchy CD-ROM, is there a way to get out of the dungeon without using the wizard key?

  5. wabubba67 says:

    Welcome back, Shady! It’s about time!

  6. Palerydr says:

    Best wishes to Larry thank you for your service and wish you much more success in your future. Welcome Divish look forward to your humor lightning things up around here.

    With the fences moving in I would rather pursue David Wright than Hamilton who is 2 years older, although they both play about the same amount of games annually due to minor inj.

  7. How will this be fun if you don’t talk down to us? Also, the youtube clip should have been the theme from Welcome Back Kotter. Sheesh.

  8. Div, I just read this today. Since I cancelled my print sub due to yet another price increase, I don’t visit the site as much either.

    That said, congrats; while i agree that Larry writes a great game story, you are a much better blogger & it’s great to see you here!

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