Mariners Analysis

Monday, April 02, 2007

Excitement of Opening Day

New season, new optimism. The fact we are playing our nemesis Athletics only makes it sweeter.

With the team playing so poorly last year against the A's, the opener has grown in importance to some observers. Common sense tells us there is little-to-no impact of a 3-game series in a 162 game schedule in the grand scheme of things, but given the 2-17 record last year and the Bavasi/Hargrove hot seat, it's hard not to pay extra-attention to how the team plays the next three days.

Long time M's fans know the Athletics have OWNED the Mariners over the years. Particularly in Oakland. Except for that dominating stretch when the team was the talk of baseball, basing the seasons success on your play against the Athletics is a recipe for disaster. If you've watched this team for years, you've seen way too many losses to Oakland already. A few more isn't going to suddenly make you love-or-hate this team any more.

Mariner fans complaining about losing to the Athletics is like two long-time Seattle residents complaining about the rain to each other. It's simply a waste of time. People who've lived in Seattle for a long time know August is really nice, and the rest of the year is a crap-shoot. You enjoy nice weather when it comes, but otherwise don't expect much. You certainly don't get too worked up about it.

Mariner team losing to the Athletics is essentially the same thing. You expect it, and anything else is pretty much a pleasant surprise.