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The 2014 Seattle Mariners Experience: Week 1

canoYou don’t want to read about the Mariners every single day. It’s not good for your health. For the same reasons, no one really wants to write about the Mariners every single day, either. Frankly, if someone were to chronicle their thoughts on the M’s on a repeating 24-hour basis, the log of emotions would read like a crazy person’s diary. For evidence of this, go scour my Twitter account at any point in time.

To combat the daily bipolarity of the baseball team you and I choose to both love and hate, we here at Seattle Sportsnet have decided to bring you a comprehensive week-to-week recap of the 2014 Mariners experience, which in itself is sure to be a roller coaster ride of emotional proportions. While we’ll fill the remaining days of each week with more pointed discussion of the M’s – trade suggestions, Hector Noesi minor league updates, Top 11 lists, half-brained promotional ideas, et cetera – you can count on this weekly look at the team to quench your thirst for all things Seattle baseball.

Without further introduction, let’s get to the update.

Week 1

Win-Loss Record: 4-2

Winning Percentage: .667

Division Standing: First place

Week’s Opponents: Los Angeles Angels (3 games) – Road; Oakland Athletics (3 games) – Road

Playoff Status: Not mathematically eliminated

Team Morale: Decent

What the hell is going on? That’s a question many of us were asking ourselves on Wednesday evening, shortly after the Mariners completed a season-opening three-game sweep of the Angels. The Angels were supposed to be okay. The M’s were supposed to be less than okay. All things considered, a trio of wins for the boys in blue was wholly unanticipated.

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Jack Zduriencik’s Ass-Saving Renaissance

mikezunino1-600x404It was bound to happen sooner or later: Mike Zunino had to be called up to the big leagues. The end result was imminent, yet the timing of that end result was a point of contention for pundits and fans alike. It was never about if, but always about when. That “when” hit today, as news broke this morning that the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 Draft would be making his way to Seattle to take over as the team’s starting catcher (or at least part-time starting catcher, with a nod to Kelly Shoppach).

Almost immediately, opinions on the move flooded the internet. The prevailing sentiment, naturally, is that this promotion was more of a job-saving maneuver than anything else, a way for those on the hot seat — namely, general manager Jack Zduriencik and manager Eric Wedge — to try and salvage employment at season’s end.

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JUSTIN F***IN’ SMOAK, BABY!

Immediate reaction to the news that Cliff Lee and Mark Lowe have been traded to the Texas Rangers for first baseman Justin Smoak and three others (via Facebook):

The deal is now being confirmed. Which means….F***IN RIGHT! WE GOT JUSTIN SMOAK! HOLY SH*T! HOLY SH*T! WE WIN! WE WIN! JACK Z., I’M HAVING YOUR BABY TONIGHT! LET’S GO! LET’S GO! MARINERS, BABY! MARINERS! THAT’S MY F***IN TEAM RIGHT THERE! THAT’S MY TEAM! BEEN WITH YOU SINCE I WAS BORN! LOVE YOU GUYS! LOVE YOU GUYS! JUSTIN SMOAK BABY! JUSTIN F***IN SMOAK! F*** YEAH!

Justin Smoak, for the win.

I love you, Jack.

Goodbye, Casey.