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My Random Mariners Ruminations…

You know how I’m always moving and taking on new jobs?

Well, that’s what I’ve been doing….again.

I’m not moving across the country or anything like that, it’s definitely a local move but still a significant amount of packing and planning has been required.

I can’t express how depressing my new apartment looks right now due to the lack of furniture or wall decorations. Not only that but I don’t even have couches or dining tables or even a bed. I had to haul my best friend’s boyfriend’s futon and slept on it rather comfortably last night.

ANYWAY.

There really wasn’t a good reason for me to write my blogs anyway, considering my boys got swept by the big bad Texas Rangers a few days back. It was SO depressing.

First of all, Rob Johnson isn’t aware of his job description. Oh, I don’t know, I’m pretty sure it’s self explanatory but you are a catcher, Johnson. We don’t even expect you to hit; we just need you to catch. And you cannot do that. Thanks to you not being able to catch, we were swept. Seriously. Practice more. And no, don’t give me crap about being mean to Johnson because I used to be a catcher in college softball and I wasn’t even that bad. So hush.

Second, POOR Doug Fister. He has been nothing but AMAZING, a lot more consistent and impressive than anyone else in the team and he cannot get a deserving win to save his life. Our relief pitchers cannot help him out. We have a lead, Fister gets tired, whoever-relief-pitcher comes in, ties or blows the lead and Aardsma blows the game. Ok fine, that’s a little too harsh on Aardsma since he’s only had 2 blown saves so far but STILL. Fister DESERVES a WIN, people, let’s HELP HIM OUT A LITTLE!!!!

Thirdly, I am VERY impressed with most of our newbies. Cliff Lee obviously just came off of the DL but did a splendid job last week, Chone Figgins is just amazing (Thank you, Angels!) and he hits and hustles like a maniac giving Ichiro a run for his money, Milton Bradley is actually pretty good (surprise!), Brandon League is pretty good so far (I KNEW he was Asian! I did some research and found out he’s Japanese-American Yonsei from Hawaii!) and the only person that disappointed was Eric Byrnes…and he’s not even with us anymore. Shocker. He has so many opportune moments where he completely failed. PLUS apparently no one taught him how to successfully operate a SQUEEZE…which lost us a game.

Sorry about the non-picture entry today but I really have to get going to work now. Can I just say I’m SUPER excited for the Rays to be in town right now? Starting tonight, the Mariners will face the Rays. It’s the only time the Rays will be in town which makes me really depressed since I can’t be there……and (warning: girl comment) Evan Longoria is on my exclusive list of potential boyfriend/husband material and I won’t be able to see him.

SOB!!!!

The Rays will be facing Jason Vargas, Ryan Rowland-Smith and Cliff Lee.

Yes, they get to face Cliff Lee. Yikes!

Ok well until next time….

xoxo

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So clearly I missed posting this yesterday and the Mariners have lost again the Rays.

….plus it was against Cliff Lee…..


……do you know how painful it is to be a Mariners fan right about now?

Probably not.

 

Over here in the Emerald City….

It’s hard to sit with a cup of coffee, maybe a cookie and find time to write a new entry when your life is chaotic. I won’t bore you with my latest antics but we’ll leave it at this; my life has been crazy.

Even that sounds like an understatement. seattle-rain.jpg

Over here in the rainy beautiful Emerald City, more specifically at 1st Ave and Edgar Martinez Dr, lots have been happening. The Mariners organization has been busy. Busy dealing with arbitrations, busy signing new and old players, busy inviting players to Spring Training, busy having photo shoots with new players, busy mourning the departure of Branyan and Johjima….

….ok the last one is just me.

Like I said on my Twitter, I have waited too long to update my blog that I have no idea where to start. I’m going to machine-gun my way through some Mariners updates but please note that they are in no particular order.

1. Felix Hernandez is staying! For FIVE more years! I expected 2 or 3, but 5? I’m beyond ecstatic and I’m sure a lot of other Mariners fans are too. The exact number for Felix’s raise is not disclosed, but I’m guessing it’ll be a chunky amount compared to his 3.8 million salary last season! When you’re a Cy Younger runner-up, you deserve it. 

Wow, I’m pretty confident when I say we have the most vicious 1-2 punch for our starting rotation in the entire Major LeaguesSorry Angels, we’ll be dethroning you this season.

felix_184_450.jpg2. Mariners closer David Aardsma and relief pitcher Derek Lowe signed a one-year extension and both a raise in their salaries. They certainly both deserved the raise after their outstanding (especially Aardsma) performances in the ’09 season. Aardsma was 38 for 42 save opportunities, and Lowe was one of the only consistently dependable RPs for us last season.
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3. Say hello to our new 1st baseman Casey Kotchman from the Red Sox. Please don’t ask me how I feel about this or I’ll start crying. I would like to ask our GM one question; why wasn’t Branyan a good candidate? Sure, he was injured but he did his job as the team slugger hitting 31 HRs and manned 1st base extremely well. Ok fine, I guess the M’s offered him a 1 year deal and he rejected it. Let me pout for a few seconds.

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Ok I’m done. As a faithful Mariners fan, I should welcome Casey Kotchman with a smiling face and open arms. Casey, I wish you success in our amazing team but please don’t do anything that’ll make me regret the smiling face and open arms. Mmmkay?

Russell, I will miss you dearly and I wish you the best. I highly doubt that anyone in our lineup (so far) is going to blast 31 homeruns like you did last season. What are we going to do without a slugger like you? Eeep!

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4. The Mariners welcome Brandon League as a result of a trade with Brandon Morrow. I don’t have much to say about this trade because it kind of feels like an even exchange. Both their ERA’s are kind of high, both had an unstable season. I do like his glasses though.

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There you go, a quick update of what the 2010 AL West Champions Mariners have been up to. :] I can’t believe Spring Training is right around the corner; it feels like it’s been ages since I’ve watched baseball. Now that I’m back in the Pacific Northwest, I plan on going to a ridiculous amount of Mariners game this season. Besides, I have my game shirt ready and everything:

shirt.jpg                                                  It was a gift from Santa! ♥

                                                           xoxoxoxoxoxo