We are far beyond the point in the year that I start losing interest in the Major League Baseball season, because the Seattle Mariners are typically out of it by now. This year, great expectations were heaped onto the team that missed the playoffs by 1 stinking game in 2014. That team went out and picked up a masher in Nelson Cruz, and added JA Happ, a more than serviceable back of the rotation guy.
As I should have expected, the team has been hugely underwhelming so far, and while they still have a glimmer of hope as far as the playoffs go, each passing week seems riddled with frustrating losses.
I may not be watching them every evening like I was earlier in the season, but I refuse to give up and stop watching the Mariners. See, the thing that has always drawn me to baseball, is that on any given day, you never know what you’re going to see. Sure, the Mariners may not make the playoffs, but even if they are out of the race, there is always the chance you can witness something like this:
Hisashi Iwakuma threw a no-hitter today. No-hitters are one of the most exciting accomplishments in baseball, and the Mariners were involved in one today.
That’s why I can’t quit the Mariners.
Next time I’m free on an evening around 7PM, I’ll sit down and turn on ROOT Sports. Maybe the Mariners will lose 1-0 in 10 innings and fall to 10 games back of the Astros in the A.L. West. Or, maybe Iwakuma will throw another no-hitter. Maybe Felix will throw another perfect game. Maybe Mike Cameron will hit 4 homeruns in one game, or Adrian Beltre will hit for the cycle. Will the defense turn a triple play? There’s no way to know unless I watch.
Anything can happen, which is why I will never completely tune out.
That’s the beauty of baseball.