Mr Derek Zumsteg returned to USS Mariner for this post here on why Russell Branyan makes economic sense for the Seattle Mariners.
I’ve been listening to a lot of local sports radio over the past few days. Two show hosts in particular on KJR have now both mentioned that we “could have” had Branyan and not bothered to give up the two prospects that we did for this trade. They seem to have forgotten that part about how Branyan was looking for more money, more playing time, and a longer contract than we were willing to give him – not to mention taking the gamble on the back problems. Derek summed all of it up quite nicely, but I wish that before people would start criticizing the Mariners for trying to come out around .500 in 2010, they would stop and think about this as a lateral move, rather than some slash-and-burn devastation of our farm system (hand/staple/forehead). One of the shows earlier today was even bagging on Michael Saunders, which I find ludicrous, because pretty much all Saunders has done since being used more frequently is produce.
It just seems like since we’re out of any sort of playoff contention, people just want full-bore failure. That seems a little lame to me. Sure, there are things to be gained by living in the basement all season long, but I personally am working my butt off (sometimes literally) to pay for tickets this year, and even though I love going to the ballpark regardless of the circumstances, I’d still like to see some wins. I can’t really blame them for bringing Branyan back. People liked him, and paying fans deserve to see a little drama at the ballpark from their home team. I for one welcome my 3TO overlord back into the fold.
This one’s for the ladies: