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Friday, October 07, 2022

Why the Mariners are the team to root for this October

Now, less than one month later and after snapping an agonizing 20-year playoff drought, they will be the hottest ticket in town. For that reason alone, the Mariners will be the darling to root for this October, the club that fans outside the Pacific Northwest will latch on to, those who don’t have a team in the dance or who want to cheer for anybody but the Yankees, Dodgers or other big-market teams.

“It’s a very close-knit team, and it feels almost like a college team, an amateur team,” manager Scott Servais said. “Not particularly a big league team, guys making a lot of money and just out collecting a paycheck. That’s not what this group is about. It’s fun to come to the ballpark every day because they’re focused on one thing and that’s, ‘What’s it going to take to win the game tonight?’”

Once the postseason begins, MLB’s best-kept secret that’s been brewing in this geographically removed part of the country will finally be out on the national stage.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 07, 2022 at 12:52 PM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Darren Posted: October 07, 2022 at 04:24 PM (#6099679)
I read a long time ago that as you get older, you tend to root for the underdog less and less. You would rather see greatness rewarded than an improbable victory, despite how exciting the latter is. And I think that's sort of where I am now, for the most part. I'd like to see the Dodgers or Mets prevail. The Dodgers have been so great for so long and another ring would be appropriate. The Mets seem to be everyone's punching bag and I'd hate for them falling short to be another opportunity for people to cackle, "LOLMets."

YMMV of course.
   2. cardsfanboy Posted: October 07, 2022 at 04:51 PM (#6099698)
Outside of the Astros, and maybe the Braves, I can find a reason to root for every team in the post season if I needed to.

Obviously I'm rooting for my team, and I kinda have a greedy reason to not root for the Dodgers (the more success the Dodgers have, the more it diminishes the Cardinals history relative to them) but ultimately any team that does win it all, there is a legit reason for a fan of the sport to feel good for them.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: October 07, 2022 at 08:36 PM (#6099808)
If I ever stop wanting to LOLMets, just kill me ... I'll be in full-blown dementia anyway.

I have long tended towards "greatness" and maybe more as I get old (esp in music) but I still like an underdog. Always depends somewhat on who the overdog is. But when it comes to baseball, I think age also makes one "appreciate" the misery of the poor Cleveland fans so I'd always be happy to see them win one ... unless of course they had the misfortune of landing in the WS against the Cubs. I have no particular sympathy for Ms fans though -- nothing wrong with them but it's hardly an historic level of suffering.

In terms of rooting interest, I suppose:

Dodgers (greatness)
Jays (Who doesn't like Canada?)
Rays (On the one hand, terrible to see frugality rewarded; on the other hand, this would be hilarious)
Cards (I fear/respect them more than hate them)
Phils (Even Phils fans have a hard time rooting for them)
Padres (Never forget 84!)
Yanks (Duh)
Mets (Double duh)

Braves-Astros is a tough call. I always had respect for those old Astros team, the current crowd is a bit too evil then ... corporaate? But other than Hank Aaron and the Maddux years, the Braves are not among my faves. But they did have that run of greatness that resulted in not much reward and are on a second impressive run so maybe they'll get more reward than they deserve this time. If they do win two in a row, they'll move down next year.
   4. Mefisto Posted: October 07, 2022 at 08:47 PM (#6099811)
Anybody but the Dodgers. Well, if they play the Yankees I'll probably root for injuries.
   5. Jaack Posted: October 07, 2022 at 09:01 PM (#6099814)
Mariners have a fun team to root for, but the Guardians, Phillies, and even the Cardinals are kind of fun to root for this year, at least for me. And whatever the Mets will do be enjoyable.

I'm actually a little wistful about the Mariners' playoff drought ending. It's a pretty major statement for a franchise to have Randy Johnson, Ken Griffey Jr, and A-Rod, then get rid of them all, win 116 games, and then just bow out of competition for decades. There's something almost honorable about it.
   6. Astroenteritis Posted: October 07, 2022 at 09:26 PM (#6099822)
I actually root for the underdog more as I get older. My politics are also much more to the left in my sixties than earlier in life, too. Oh well, everybody is different.

Rooting order:
Blue Jays
   7. Baldrick Posted: October 07, 2022 at 11:05 PM (#6099841)
My team made the playoffs for the first time in 20 years, so my rooting interests are pretty straightforward.

[enormous gap]
Blue Jays, Guardians, Dodgers, Mets, Phillies, Rays, Padres - all pretty close but roughly in that order
[huge gap]
[enormous gap]
   8. Dillon Gee Escape Plan Posted: October 07, 2022 at 11:13 PM (#6099842)

Blue Jays



   9. base ball chick Posted: October 07, 2022 at 11:59 PM (#6099848)

the Crew fizzled out so

Cardinals (Mama's team)

then any one of seattle, cleveland, padres - yes. i like the underdog bestest usually

then astros or toronto

large gap


really large gap

philly, rays

gap so ginormous it is bigly yuge

mets, el lay

gap that is more than infinity


   10. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 08, 2022 at 08:58 AM (#6099855)
Lotta haters here, but that's all right.

Order of preference:

Yanks (America's Team. As Poppie would say: "On this issue there can be no debate.")

Astros (love The Tiny Terror Tot)
Blue Jays (Springer, Vlad, the uniforms)
Mariners (the city and the ballpark)

Rays (AL East)
Guardians (not NL)
Padres (Manny)

Cardinals (best NL uniforms)
Mets (there must be some reason)
Dodgers (still belong in Brooklyn)

Phillies (can't stand Harper)
Braves (the zombie chop chant)

   11. sunday silence (again) Posted: October 08, 2022 at 09:28 AM (#6099858)
Does Alonso have the most punchable face of anybody?
   12. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: October 08, 2022 at 10:28 AM (#6099862)
Anybody but the Yankees (x11)

   13. mathesond Posted: October 08, 2022 at 10:39 AM (#6099865)
Mixed feelings north of the border...
   14. cardsfanboy Posted: October 08, 2022 at 10:56 AM (#6099866)
Does Alonso have the most punchable face of anybody?

Be careful, he's a big guy, a big strong guy. You don't know his temper or what he could do, if he wanted to put you in the hospital, he easily could.

   15. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: October 08, 2022 at 10:57 AM (#6099867)
Yeah, this is dumb. Since I started watching baseball regularly, the Dodgers have won 12 division titles and 2 wild cards and have only one title to show for it. This is the first time I’ve seen the Mariners make the playoffs and they didn’t even have that great of a season and I should be rooting for them to have just as many titles, despite two decades of crap teams? Screw that!
   16. jingoist Posted: October 08, 2022 at 11:15 AM (#6099868)
Since none of the 3 teams I follow are in the 2022 mlb playoffs (O’s, Pirates and lastly the Mationals) I am keen to see Cleveland and the Mariners do well.
I am 77 and firmly believe that I will never again see my Pirates get to, yet alone win, a WS.
I have outside hope for the Orioles as this new crew of young players shows so much promise.
So, I will root for Cleveland and the Mariners.
If I never see the Dodgers or Yankees in a WS again, that’s just fine by me.
   17. bookbook Posted: October 08, 2022 at 03:08 PM (#6099911)
In fairness to the Mariners, they won 93, 90 (last year!), 89, and 88 games over the past 20 years, all without making the playoffs. They haven’t just run crap teams out there every year.
   18. Jobu is silent on the changeup Posted: October 08, 2022 at 03:47 PM (#6099923)
Yanks (America's Team. As Poppie would say: "On this issue there can be no debate.")
Yup - nobody liked the Cowboys, either, so it's a perfect self-chosen moniker.
   19. Lars6788 Posted: October 08, 2022 at 04:32 PM (#6099930)
My non-geographic rooting interests


   20. Rough Carrigan Posted: October 08, 2022 at 05:01 PM (#6099934)
Braves (the zombie chop chant)

Sure it's not politically correct but it seems more viscerally pleasing than Guardians fans' new chant of "In loco parentis!"
   21. The_Ex Posted: October 08, 2022 at 08:29 PM (#6099959)
I don't know much about him but Scott Servais seems like a red ass. Any Mariner fans around?
   22. The Honorable Ardo Posted: October 08, 2022 at 11:34 PM (#6100058)
We get to root for the Mariners for another week! Value added as far as I'm concerned.
   23. Walt Davis Posted: October 09, 2022 at 02:00 PM (#6100144)
Like I said all along, the Ms are the team to root for. :-)
   24. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: October 09, 2022 at 02:23 PM (#6100150)

(most of the other teams)


And I cannot, will not root for the Yankees.
   25. bookbook Posted: October 10, 2022 at 02:49 AM (#6100230)
Servais seems decent enough. The Mariners are 28th in the league at hitting opposing batters, even though their batters are getting hit much more often. They don’t bunt much (the batters that should, aren’t very good at it.)

He kept the team rowing together when they were ten games below .500 in May. And I know it mostly comes from the Team President’s office, but Gilbert and Kirby have been protected despite being the most reliable starters on a contending team for much of the year.

After this year, and winning 90 games with a much weaker team in 2021, Servais has won the benefit of the doubt from me.

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