The Seattle Mariners rank 23rd in Major League Baseball when it comes to home attendance. For those of you scoring at home, that translates to small crowds. Seattle is drawing 22,566 fans per game.
Come on, people. Get out to Safeco Field and support the team.
Look, I get it. Fans want to see a winner. When a team like the Mariners is mediocre for a number of seasons in a row, the enthusiasm can start to fade. That doesn’t change the fact that fans need to stay loyal.
There is something special about being a fans of the Mariners. The team may not have a long history of success, but there is a strong group of fans that have been with the franchise from the beginning. My dad took me to games as a kid when the team was brand new, and some of those squads were downright awful. However, they were my team and that hasn’t changed.
Sure, the mid-1990s were a lot of fun when Ken Griffey, Jr. was hitting long home runs, Edgar Martinez was smacking balls all over the park, and Randy Johnson was blowing away the competition with his fastball and his sweet haircut. 2001 was a season to remember, even if it did not culminate in a trip to the World Series. It was easy to be a fan then.
The team has had some lean years, but this squad is actually pretty good. They are just barely over .500 but they have a genuine star in Robinson Cano, one of the best pitchers on the planet in Felix Hernandez and some pitching prospects that could be special (if they can stay healthy).
Besides, Safeco Field is one of the most beautiful baseball stadiums in the league. Fans in Seattle love their sports, as proven by the rabid support of the Seattle Seahawks. In addition, you can get some Rally Fries.
When this team gets really good, you are going to want to say that you were there for the good times and the bad. No one likes a “fan” that jumps on the bandwagon just as the team gets into the playoffs.
What do you say, fans? I’m pretty sure you find some affordable tickets online. How about you come out and support the Seattle Mariners, and turn Safeco Field into a real homefield advantage?