One Hundred Sixteen
Featuring Mariners-related rants, raves, and analysis.
Tuesday, September 30, 2003
Wow, lots of good stuff in the P-I today, especially Art Thiel's missive on where ownership went wrong , and why they're at risk for alienating their fan base. Thiel's point about baseball teams needing to be operated like churches, not as businesses, is well taken. And the point of a church isn't a good sermon, it's getting to heaven. If your pastor kept telling you heaven didn't exist, how long would you stay interested?
Howard Lincoln was on the news the other night, reacting quite defensively to a suggestion that ownership wasn't committed to winning. He practically shouted at the reporter that the ownership that saved baseball in Seattle shouldn't have their commitment second-guessed. Well excuse me Howard, but that's getting a little old, like telling my wife I'm not going to pick up my socks anymore because of that time I did the dishes back in '98. Get over it. By the way, I hope you're enjoying the new ball park as much as I enjoy $8 beers, and I offer a friendly reminder that the public paid for more of it than you did.
Nice to read that Gillick thinks the M's need to score more runs next year. This further supports the theory that he watched the same games we did. If you want to get depressed, take a look at the post-All-Star splits. We were dead-freakin-last in total bases and slugging percentage. That's right, last. Behind the Ti--. Worse than the Ti--. Lower than Det--. I can't even bring myself to type it.
Finally, kudos to P-I sportswriter David Andriesen, who actually included OPS in his analysis of possible M's trade moves. How refreshing. Fox Sports, are you paying attention?
Monday, September 29, 2003