Your 2009 Seattle Mariners are off to a scorching hot 7-2 start, and you’re not sure whether to jump on the bandwagon just yet. We can understand that. This team, and this city as a whole, have let you down many times before, and it’s not easy to just up and believe like that.
But we have that optimism, and not only are we on the ’09 Mariners wagon, we’re in the driver’s seat pumping Naughty By Nature’s “Hip-Hop Hooray” as we roll down Royal Brougham with our windows open. It’s a party and we’re here to have fun, which is why we’ll give you 11 reasons why it is, in fact, cool to believe in these M’s.
11. We haven’t chucked a helmet at an opposing team’s player yet. Though, in fairness, that was the best contact Richie Sexson made in 2008.
10. Every single member of our starting outfield has a “Z” in their last name. Not that that has any real significance, you just don’t see it very often, and “Z’s” are pretty awesome. So props to Endy Chavez, Franklin Gutierrez, and Ichiro Suzuki for achieving an All-Z outfield.
9. The international factor. The M’s are represented by players from eight different nations (including the recently injured Ryan Rowland-Smith, who is no longer on the current, 25-man roster). Those nations include the United States of America, Canada, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Netherlands Antilles (Curacao), Japan, Cuba, and Australia.
8. We have a 30-year-old rookie pitcher named “Jakubauskas.” Chris Jakubauskas, that is. And he’s ready to Jak you up.
7. Carlos Silva is about 30 pounds lighter. Which means more garlic fries for the rest of us.
6. Safeco Field has a restraining order on Jose Vidro. The pseudo-ex-DH can’t come within 500 feet of the grounds.
5. The Tuba Man would believe.
4. We are undefeated against our division. A perfect 5-0, in fact.
3. Our four active starting pitchers are a combined 4-1, with a 3.27 ERA. That would be Felix Hernandez, Erik Bedard, Carlos Silva, and Jarrod Washburn. Whuda thunk?
2. One word: Junior. Remember when we were just happy to have him back? Now he’s part of something bigger. And so are we.
1. Seattle’s major sports teams have a .750 winning percentage in 2009. The University of Washington Men’s Basketball team (17-6), Seattle Sounders FC (3-1), and the M’s (7-2) have combined to make Seattle a winner in ’09. Seattle: currently 27-9 and counting. You gotta believe!