THROUGH NO FAULT OF HIS OWN, FELIX LOSES AND I GO HOME TO WATCH FIELD OF DREAMS AND CRY

My father has the tendency to over congratulate mediocre things. For example, he often goes through a play-by-play of his day with me over the phone, and it usually includes his stop into McDonald’s for a cup of coffee. “Their coffee is really good,” he says. Is it actually REALLY good? I’m not saying their […]

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FELIX GETS NASTY AS THE MARINERS EXCEED EXPECTATIONS IN A 2-1 OPENING DAY VICTORY AGAINST THE CLEVELAND INDIANS

“I hate to say it, but I think Felix is going to get shelled.” There was a part of me that agreed with my friend Mark as we stood in line at a hotdog stand outside Safeco Field. In the last two seasons, Felix Hernandez had started only 41 games and only 17 of those […]

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THE PROBABILITY OF CHANCE: MY NUMBERLESS THOUGHTS ON OPENING DAY AND THE 2018 MARINERS SEASON

“Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.”   -George Will Speaking of holes, the projections don’t favor the Mariners winning a spot in the postseason. Hell, half the fans don’t either. It’s been a long time […]

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THE BILDUNGSROMAN OF MIKE ZUNINO

June 19th 2017 was the day I started believing that Mike Zunino’s improvement was irrevocable. Granted, he had been on a streak, but I’d seen plenty of those before. Zunino was hot, there was no doubt, but he’d been struggling for so long I wanted to do him a favor and not believe in him […]

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