Why…is today’s game rained out?
To answer my original question, I’d say that this is indeed the low point for the franchise in my memory. Perhaps you can point to off the field moments involving their long, painful quest for a new stadium, when it looked for sure like they were headed out of Seattle. But as far as the product on the field, I can’t think of anything to match this. There have been painful losses in the past, to be sure, but those were in the context of successful seasons that simply didn’t extend as far as they could have. There have been awful seasons, but many of those came in the early years, when the Mariners still had the excuse of being an expansion team to fall back on. And while the recent downturn has been painful—five last-place finishes in the last seven years, two of them with triple-digits in losses and another at 99—I’d say that their abrupt demise in 2011, punctuated by this hideous losing streak, is the absolute nadir.
The only point in time I believe compares on the embarrassment meter occurred in 2008, when the Mariners became the first team in history to lose 100 games with a payroll over $100 million. That was indeed a shining example of ineptitude, one that got them a lot of unwanted attention for an epic job of squandering their resources. But the Mariners have been selling us on the progress they’re making to get out of the giant hole they’ve dug for themselves in recent years (and for awhile, it appeared, aptly so). As a growing number of baseball fans around the nation begin to focus on the Mariners’ monumental train-wreck of a skid, however, it’s getting harder and harder to buy into.
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