A Paragraph With The Mariners – 58

Raise your hand if you thought the Mariners were going to win even one game in St. Louis this week. All right, now get out. I mean it! This is no place for delusions like Hope and Winning. This Cards lineup, with these starting pitchers we’re throwing at them, and our hitters still playing like it’s March … at least we got rid of Snell. That bad apple was collecting worms by the dozens. For the sake of argument, though, if you’ll humor me for a moment. What do we have to look forward to going forward in 2010, now that Ian Snell’s Release can be checked off the list? Obviously, I think the first thing on everyone’s mind is relishing each and every last start by Cliff Lee, because that guy commands Awesome and I don’t think I want to see him go! But, of course, he HAS to go, which makes the next thing we’re looking forward to being: who will we get in return for Cliff Lee? After that, I’d say Erik Bedard returning, getting some quality innings under his belt for – hopefully – a full season of health next year. I’d say all of that is a long shot, but it’ll be exciting to see. After Bedard, I’d say the next thing on the list is the eventual assassinations of Rob Johnson and Sean White – preferably while the latter is pitching to the former, whose stone glove costs the team yet another passed ball – by some rogue hero in attendance. Then, shit, I dunno. Getting a look at The Kids. That likely won’t come until September. Who knows, maybe we’ll find the Next Bucky Jacobsen! And finally, we have Ichiro’s 200th hit to look forward to. That should be good for a few yawns (see, this is what I’m talking about when I say it’s impossible to appreciate greatness as it’s happening).

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