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Why casual Mariners fans and winning baseball teams don't always mix


Why casual Mariners fans and winning baseball teams don't always mix
May 11, 2009 (The Seattle Times delivered by Newstex ) --

Not trying to sound overly harsh with this, but one phone message I had waiting at my office when I returned from Minneapolis this afternoon decided to take me to task for writing that Ken Griffey Jr. had to keep performing like he did yesterday.

"He's done everything that was intended for him to be doing,'' the fan, who said he was an online reader and subscriber to the Times' print product, told me in his message. "It's the Beltres and the Lopez's and even the Ichiros who need to live up. You know, Griffey's here mostly for the inspiration he provides and for a great ending to a great career.''

There was more. He apparently didn't like my final game story line, stating that it will be easier for the Mariners to go on a winning streak if Griffey supplies the same power as a DH as he does off the field as a promotional tool.

"When you say that, you've got to be kidding me,'' the caller added. "You know, what is he? Forty years old. He can't get around on the fastball. But he's still a great presence and when you write like that, you shows that you have very little feeling for what big league Baseball really is. So, keep writing, big boy, you've got it wrong on this column.''

Now, normally I don't respond in print to the dozens of phone messages left for me by fans each week. But I suspect that a great many Mariners fans feel exactly the same way as this one. He seemed relatively young, in his 30s or 40s, and spoke with the kind of tone I'm used to hearing in sports bars. You know, like a fan who watches games because he's into more than the uniform colors and not because he needs an outdoor spot to talk on his cellphone.

I guess that's what intrigued me the most. He sounded like a Baseball fan. But in reality, if a major league team did it's business for reasons he suggests, that team would be destined for ruin.

Once again, for the thousands of you out there who still don't get it: the Mariners need Griffey to be a Baseball player this season. A productive one at that. Not a marketing tool first and foremost.Read more...Newstex ID: 34833201


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 12, 2009

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