Seattle Mariners rant week continues. Emerald City Swagger encourages our writers to let out the frustrations about the M’s 17th consecutive season watching the playoffs on television. Today its Jordan Cordano letting loose.
I’ve been a Seattle Mariners fan for 24 years. I was there for “The Double” in 1995. I was there for opening day at Safeco Field. I was at the home playoff games in 2001, during that magical 116 win season. The Mariners always had a lineup that produced and was exciting to watch. They just could never put it all together to win a title. Never had I thought after the 2001 season, that in 2018 it would be the last postseason appearance I would witness before I turned 30!
No one makes fun of Mariners fans for being bandwagon fans like others did to Seattle Seahawks fans during the team’s successful tears in the last decade. Frankly, most fan bases feel sorry for the M’s. Not only did the Mariners have the Houston Astros move into their division at the time when that franchise was at a turning point. Now, Seattle has the Oakland Athletics to worry about with their young roster. Additionally, there are the Trout/Otani Angels and the M’s can’t forget about the Rangers, who have a better farm system and young players with promise.
Adding to the Mariners problem, they are strapped for cash with the eighth highest payroll in the league. There are also no up and coming prospects that can change the direction of the franchise in the foreseeable future, unless you are leaning on Kyle Lewis to be that guy.
It has come to the point where most Mariners fans have just accepted the fact that the team is what it is. A roster full of good guys that will give it all they have with the mentality of well “ there is always next year.” Which unfortunately has been repeated again and again for the last 17 years.