One winner that Rob left out of his earlier post has to be Seattle's first place Mariners. Opening up the season on the road they went 5-2 including a 3 game sweep at Oakland. We liked to take some shots at Seattle fans and writers last year, but it could not have been easy following that team. They were out of it from the jump, and the negativity flowed through the entire organization.
But fresh blood at GM and Manager and a semblance of competitiveness has some people feeling their oats up there. Geoff Baker titled yesterday's post, "Cautious Optimism Brimming" which, for him, is the equivalent of sucking on a nitrous balloon and then shooting a huge sparkly rainbow out of his ears while singing showtunes.
Over the weekend, our boys at U.S.S. Mariner wondered how long it will take for the whole fanbase to jump back into the fray.
The first six games couldn't have gone much better for the M's. There's a pretty good chance they head into their first day off at 5-2, and look at adding Ichiro to a first place roster.
I'm curious to see how long it takes Seattle to get excited about this team. There was so much cynicism about the M's ownership, and expectations were low heading into the season. How long do they have to play well until people start to realize that they may have underestimated this group?
They realize it'll take more than a week, as does new Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik. It's a long haul, only a few games, long way to go etc, etc, ad nauseum.
But if I was an M's fan I'd be genuinely stoked about getting this season off on a such a positive note. Of course you can't win a pennant in one week, but you can set the tone and show people that this team is at least worth watching. Having your expectations exceeded is a great feeling for a sports fan, and Seattle baseball had less than none after that toxic 2008. That emotional turnaround alone will make their summer approximately 5,000,000 times better.