…and sadly, John Wetteland is not on the list.
I knew that there was a chance of this happening, but was keeping myself in severe denial. I cannot see the upside of Jaime Navarro right now, even though I am glad that they kept the position ‘in the family’ as it were (and I know there is upside – he did coach the Rainiers staff to two consecutive PCL wins, after all). I will need some time to be girly about it and get over this. I’m sure the front office has their reasons, and they’re likely very valid ones. I also very likely need to get over my whole ‘well, even if the team is awful, the bullpen is at least entertaining’ mode of thought. Entertaining human beings do not a good bullpen make; I just liked the whole Barnie Nullsperm thing. Compared to a lot of other teams, our bullpen guys behaved as if they were good friends, like they were interested in working together, and as if they enjoyed their jobs. It was different than other teams, it made them seem like something more special, even during this last disastrous year. John Wetteland was responsible for some of that, and his presence behind that fence over the last two years was part of what always made me happy to be at a game in person.
I guess I should prepare myself for overhaul, because it looks like it may be soon coming. Bye, Mr Wetteland; hope you land on your feet and keep some other team interesting.