I’m starting to get the feeling that Twitter is making me lazy. Well, that and getting up at 6 to catch a bus at 8 so I can be downtown by 8.30 and work for 8 hours. It’s kind of a shock to the system, being unemployed for two years, then getting a position not in my field where I do admin work all day long. But I digress – whereas all of my reactions to Mariners news were once immediately posted here, I seem to be taking the easy way out. I just can’t seem to motivate myself.
That said, there hasn’t been much to talk about. For the past few months, I find myself not really caring how baseball is played, only that baseball is played. One of the bus routes I can take home goes past SafeCo via 4th to Edgar Martinez. It was a nice, minimally- cloudy day with the sun shining, which led to an absolutely gorgeous pink sunset over the Olympic Mountains in the west. As we sat waiting for the light at Edgar and 1st Ave South, I looked toward the home plate entrance, and I swear that for a few precious seconds, instead of the freezing cold we’ve been experiencing lately, it was about 75 degrees outside. I could smell freshly cut grass, I could hear the blare of the game broadcasting on the radio outside the stadium, I could see fans walking around in their shorts and jerseys and summer dresses. I could smell the garlic fries, and hear the vendors yelling about their beer and popcorn as the sun went down. I could hear the crack of the bat and the crowd yelling “I-CHI-RO!”
And then the traffic signal changed, and it was all over. Boo! Boo, I say!
Because I have no segue’ here, I’m just going to jump right in to talking about the thing with the guy and the stuff. I will not claim surprise, but I will definitely claim disappointment. You cannot expect a guy who’s tenure on any given team has never exceeded two years in the past 10 years of his career to suddenly change the behavior he’s been shuffled around for, but for some crazy reason I held out hope. There was a solid core of us here in Seattle who had nothing but love for Bradley, and fully supported him. But stress and what surely must be a massive anger management problem got the best of him, and from what I can tell, a lot of the hardcore supporters have kind of peeled away; and if they hadn’t before, this might be the thing that does it. For my part, I was looking forward to seeing if the Milton Bradley that we traded for might make a comeback for 2011, in whatever capacity the front office decided he needed to be used in – but now, it appears this is merely a continuation of the badness of 2010. I know that the whole concept of a “new year” is mostly symbolic, and just because there’s a new calendar on my wall, it doesn’t mean that things truly and really start over again – the fresh start is such an overrated concept anyway. But there was, at one time, a little bit of hope. I wouldn’t say I’m terribly affected by this news. It is what it is, and as so many others have already stated over the past 24 hours, it might be the end of Bradley’s line. I loved Milton Bradley for a few months, but it’s just not going to work out. It’s not me, Milt, it’s you.
Dave Cameron also brings up the very real point that this inconveniently occurs right before FanFest. I fully anticipate someone asking at least one question about it during the Dugout Dialogue, and would hazard a guess it will result in an awkward silence, followed by front office talking points similar to the sorts of things they say when someone foolishly asks them a question about a player’s contract or their trade plans. And of course, that’s what they’ll have to do. There have been a few criticisms of the player lineup for this year’s FanFest (outside of Felix, of course), and I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not exactly running around dancing in the streets about minor leaguers and our old guard, but I do like the fact that Chone Figgins is going to be there, because even though a lot of doubt has been cast upon his rumored attitude regarding being told he was moving back to third, I still like Figgins, and I’m glad that even with his not-so-hot year last season, he’s willing to come back and take questions from fans. I’m assuming that these guys ‘donate’ themselves to the event and aren’t told they need to be there, so if that is the case, it says something about him, as he surely must know fan consensus about 2010. Looking forward to it.
Which reminds me, I need to buy tickets, while attempting to not buy something at the Team Store. Wish me luck.