Friday, October 07, 2005

WTF is going on?

I just read Art Thiel's column about how Lincoln is satisfied with the direction the Mariners are headed. Lincoln doesn't care about winning games. He only cares about how many butts he can plant in Safeco seats. Not just gameday seating, but special events like weddings and business meetings.

Mr. Lincoln thinks that because Safeco is seen as a nice place for families to go, the seats will fill no matter if the team wins or not. I have news for you pal, fans are fickle. Fans WILL get tired of spending hundreds of dollars a game to watch a team that loses on a consistant basis. He speaks of how quaint it is that the kids get to run the bases, and will grow into the Mariner fan of tomorrow. That may be true, but you need to have a team that wins. The 1995 season that was touted this past season was the turning point for the Mariners. Because after almost 20 years of play, that team entered the playoffs. It took a winning team to bring the fans to the park. You can't rest on 1995 and 2001 forever.

This really pisses me off. If he doesn't want to build a winning team, why should we as fans support it? At least the Cubs, Red Sox, White Sox, Dodgers, Mets, Giants, and Tigers try to shape a team into winners. These are all teams that have strong fan bases, these are also teams that haven't done anything spectacular for years (exception BOSOX), but at least they TRY.
Don't keep us in the same catagory as the Royals and Devil Rays.

And by the way, just why wouldn't Lou Pinella BE a good choice to helm the Mariners again? Why, because he speaks his mind? Look at what he did with a bunch of nobodys in Tampa. I guarantee you if his teams purse would have opened up, Tampa would have had a much better season. As it stands now Tampa had a pretty good season, and came out as spoilers in the end. That is a helleva lot more than we did in the end. At least Lou takes chances on the field. Lou manages like a NL Manager, moves baserunners into scoring position, and gets results.

There was another article I read saying that all-in-all Hargrove did ok. I say Bullshit. Hargrove is way to conservative in his play. He is afraid to utilize younger guys, and stays with worthless veterans, because they 'earned it'.

I have been a fan of the M's for a long-long time. I sure as hell don't want to see this team revert back to the days of the Trident.


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