My AL team

Since the Pirates are faltering at an alarming rate (they fell 10-1 to the Rockies yesterday only managing 3 hits) I really need another team to support. Not saying I’m dismissing the Bucs, no not at all. I just need a team to root for. I’m not going out and spending money on jerseys, shirts and memorabilia. I’m just saying I would like to find a team in the American League that I can kind of call my own.

I do like other teams. After being to 25 MLB teams home games there are al ot of teams I like. The Rays are one (because come on-who doesnt like the Rays since their Cinderella story of last year). I like the Giants because of the beautiful city of San Francisco and the ballpark is top notch. I own a Red Sox shirt, only because it is Jason Bay-my all-time favorite player. And I also like the Tigers and Twins. Mostly because they are AL Central rivals of my least favorite team, the Indians.

But I want a claer cut-this is my team American League club. After much thought and consideration I’ve decided on the….

seattle-mariners.jpgThe Seattle Mariners

I’ve never been to Seattle and Safeco Field is one of the only five teams that I have not seen at their home field. The mariners have always been in the hunt for the playoffs, save for last year, and that is why I kind of enjoy their style of play. They lost 100 games last year and have gretaly improved to an above .500 record and an outside shot at making the playoffs. When the Pirates lose 100 games one season they may improve and only lose 80 some the next year. Thats is their idea of improvement.

Earlier in the summer for the WVU school newspaper The Daily Athenaeum asked four of the sports writers to come up with the most surprising teams of the first half of the season. I chose the Mariners because of their complete 180 turn around from a year ago. You can read my article, and see what my other colleagues had to say here.MARINERS ARTICLE 

Now I wrote this article before the tradeline just when the Mariners caught my eye. After the trade dealine some of my heart flew to Seattle.

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Ian Snell

AND
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Jack Wilson

Were shipped off to the Space Needle City, sorry I’m not sure of its nickname. It was so sad to see them go. We all know how much I enjoyed Ian Snell. His style of play, fiery attitude, and down to earth comments made him my favorite Pirate. I bought his jersey and have many autographed items from him. When he fell from the good graces of Pirates fan this year I supported him and knew he could come back and become an MLB ballplayer. He has been decent in Seattle, except for last night when he was rocked for 5 runs by the Yankees. I still will always support him, wear the jersey and follow his whole career.

I took Jack Wilson for granted. He was a Pirate for nearly 9 years and showcased some of the best defensive skills in the game of baseball. He was so underrated by not only major league fans but the Pirates as well. Whenever he was out of the lineup, the Pirates truggled mightily. He was always the face of the organization and represented the Pirates everywhere he went. I’m sure he will be a fan favorite in Seattle as well. With all his communtiy involvement and fan friendliness the Mariner faithful better treat him well.

I can’t just let 2 of my favorite Buccos go without cheering for them every step of the way. All the Pirates that have been traded over the year are still always going to be favorite of mine. It just so happened that two of my beloeved Buccos wound up on the same team.

Good Luck Mariners, make up some ground. It will be tough without Adrain Beltre in the lineup, the injury of Erik Bedard and the trade of Jarrod Washburn have hurt. There is still time this season and even next year if they can reload and retian Jack for next year.

But as always…

LETS GO BUCS! 

8 Comments

well I am sure you have made some Mariner fans happy, they now have another supporter, myself I would have gone with the Rays….but it’s a good idea to have an adopted team to follow for the next 2 months….and that was a nice piece you wrote in WVU newspaper
~peter
Outside the Phillies Looking In
http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com

The Mariners are sure lucky to have those former Pirates players in their team, even though Ian Snell was rocked by the Yankees last night. Jack Wilson will be valuable to the Mariners in the near future too. Maybe it’s too lake but a miracle can happen when the Pirates start their own Cinderella season and end their streak of losing seasons. I sure believe in miracles, even to struggling teams.

Matthew Tang
http://matt7.mlblogs.com/

Good choice Matt. Hope the Mariners do well for you.
http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

Great article for your school paper! And I have to agree with the Rangers being a surprise this season.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Ok, how do I express how happy I am right now? YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ I feel like I hold some sort of responsibility now that you’ve chosen my team, hahaha :) But this decision you’ve made is an excellent one if I say so myself and I support you 110%! Well sweet, now we can discuss the M’s and how crappy Snell’s been (sorry, I know you like him but he really hasn’t been that great for us…:[) and how much I love JACK WILSON! And I'll have to introduce you to the M's family even though I'm sure you know most of them :] Anyway, I hope all that conveyed how excited I am that you’ve chosen the M’s to support along with your Pirates :] TOTALLY made my morning. Thanks, friend! :] Looks like we’ll be keeping in touch :] xoxo http://diamondgirl55.mlblogs.com

Nice choice to the Mariners. They need more fans on the east coast. Have a good ride in Mariners colors!
Ginny
http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

holy crap there aren’t any spelling errors in that article… hahah you do a lot better with an editor watching your back ;)

http://eatsleepmlb.mlblogs.com

Haha, Jonnnnnn I am surprised you looked for that. :) Anyways, you shoulda went with the Cleveland Indians, you must of seen them play at least once. Its never too late to change your mind!
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