Alright. Now that I’ve had ten hours of sleep and about an hour here this morning to read up on things, I’m starting to calm down a little more. It occurred to me this morning that the last time I reacted to a trade that badly was when JJ Putz was sent east. I didn’t like Pineda nearly as much as Putz, but pitching is sort of my ‘thing’ in baseball, I guess you could say, and this Pineda thing still stings a lot and probably will for a while. Yesterday, I had a bad day at work, got off the bus, dumped my stuff on the floor, sat down on the couch, opened up Twitter, saw the news, verified it on Lookout Landing, and reacted. Hard. And that’s the way things are here in my corner of the internet; news happens, I react to it. Whether or not that reaction is necessary or logical doesn’t matter; it is what it is. Fortunately for me, there are people in the blogosphere who are available to talk me off the ledge, even though they might not know that’s what they’re doing.
I was really looking forward to seeing more Felix/Pineda action this year. Those two at the top of the rotation with Jason Vargas following would have kept me warm and secure in 2012. But we need offense. Everyone knows this. And I hate to break it to some of you, but I really don’t think Prince Fielder is coming here. There are players we already know want to be here. Felix. Mr Kawasaki. Ichiro. By and large a lot of the bullpen. If Prince Fielder wanted to be a Mariner, we’d have him by now. Jack Zduriencik would have nailed the trade, and all of this would be over. If you’re holding your breath for Fielder, you’ll pass out before you’ll ever see him in a Mariners uniform. Fielder’s indecision is nearly Favre-like in its scale, and I think he’d go to the Rangers before he’d ever come here. All I know is that I am on the verge of uninstalling the MLBTR app on my iPhone, because I’m tired of getting pinged with “Prince Fielder rumors: (insert day here)” every day. Be done with it and sign somewhere. Even if Fielder did wind up in Seattle, I think it would take me a while to warm up to the idea, just because of harboring a grudge over the length of time I’m being made to wait for him to make a decision.
So anyway, enter this post on USS Mariner. I may not be good with numbers, but I can rely on Dave Cameron to inject some sense into a situation that starts off with nothing but raw emotion for me. The stats guys are like a nice big mug of chamomile tea on a rainy day where everything is going wrong, or the furry cat-ear hat I often wear when I’m at home and not feeling well (but you don’t need to know about that). After reading that post this morning, I’m not nearly as agitated about this situation as I was last night. I know that a lot of people have been talking all offseason (and even towards the end of last season itself) about trading Pineda, and my knee-jerk response was always ‘why would they do that?!’ But it was something that needed to happen. We had a big trade chip in Pineda, and even though I don’t like it, he was someone we could technically afford to lose. With this Jesus Montero fellow, we are neck-deep in catching and/or first basemen. I would say more about him, but that would be redundant, because Cameron says it all already in the link above.
This is always the worst time of year for me – the roster is still awash in guys who will probably spend more time in Tacoma than up here, FanFest is still weeks away (and Pineda will not be there, which I know will disappoint a lot of people), and then after the SuperBowl we face the Longest Month in February, 20+ days of pure, unadulterated torture for the baseball fan. And just like every year, I’ll buckle down and deal, and just like every year, it will suuuuuuuuuuck, to use the vernacular.
In non-baseball news, I’ll be attending a hockey game tonight, the Seattle Thunderbirds play the Portland Winterhawks at Showare Center. The Seattle/Portland battle on the ice is always a good one, and I may get further opportunity to familiarize myself with my camera. I’d relate a funny story about how the friend I’m going with thought that we were attending a Tilted Thunder Railbirds match up until last night when I corrected him, but I have the feeling it’s only funny to me, and now you’ve kind of heard it anyway.
Keep breathing, Mariners fans. We’re not out of the woods yet, but we’re really really close…