Yesterday when it was announced that there would be a press conference today at 2.30PM with President of Marketing Kevin Martinez and Mariners DH-and-hitting-coach extraordinaire Edgar Martintez, rumors swirled. What would it be? A hitting coach contract extension? Was Edgar coming out of retirement? Would there be new tacos at the Cantina this year? Turns out that the majority of the guesses were actually right, and the Mariners have decided to retire Martinez’s number 11 this August.
I was not able to watch it unfold live due to a very heavy workload today, but I heard that it was a surprise to Edgar, who had this to say about the idea. I thought for sure that the Mariners might wait until next year, when (hopefully) he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame (finally!), but this is the year instead; and I already have tickets for it via Daniel‘s ticket plan, so that works out pretty well for me. I spent over an hour on the phone last year, and spent over $120 on tickets to Griffey’s retirement ceremony, so I am grateful that I won’t have to do that this year.
Obviously, just coming into this about 9-ish years ago, I didn’t really live through the Edgar times. There are others who have pithier things to say about this than I do. I am fully aware of the impact that Edgar has made on the city of Seattle though, and support this decision wholeheartedly, Hall of Fame be damned. Edgar Martinez has made amazing contributions to the Mariners, and to the game of baseball; and he still continues to make contributions to the team, what with the hitting coach position and whatnot. A lot of people thought that might have been a goodwill move, or something to spark fan interest in a team that has been pretty lackluster over the years. But as it turns out, it was a stroke of brilliance on the management’s part, and last year the Ms were as cohesive as they’ve ever been. I am looking forward to seeing what he can do this year with players like Jean Segura and Jarrod Dyson.
Just writing in this space has me jacked up for FanFest this Saturday. Daniel and I will hopefully be attending the season ticket holder earlybird version before the gates open to the public. I say hopefully because last year didn’t go so well for me; between a meetup SNAFU and me underestimating the number of people that would be there and how early, I made it to the last 10-15 minutes of the Terrace Club breakfast party, before we were herded back down to the main concourse with everyone else. I am looking forward to my literal cup of coffee Saturday morning, and picking up maybe a new jacket or hoodie from the team store with a Christmas gift card I received last month. All of this is so exciting!
Well done Edgar and see you all at FanFest this weekend!