There was some talk on sports talk today with regards to the Mariners upcoming season. The question was posed as if the Mariners do NOT make the post season, is that a failure?
I was thinking about this as I was sitting in traffic today. I would say no, and here’s why. Would I be disappointed if the Mariners did not make the playoffs? Oh ya’betcha! With the amount of energy and money spent this past offseason to make this team competitive, you would be hard pressed to not feel this way. Especially since some of the key signings could only be good for one season, for example Cliff Lee. It is my hope and understanding that Jack Z did go after instant improvement, he was not trying to “buy” a title. I full expect his mind to be working throughout the year and signing those that can contribute to longer term deals. With only one semi-large signing in Figgins, we made a lot of moves and still have a few dollars left in the budget at the time of this post. We did not go after a break-the-bank deal for a huge bat. We went after parts, that when put together, could make a great whole. One thing that sports radio, and fans in general, like to do is speculate. Talking about October before a season has started falls into this category.
Disappointment, yes. Failure, no. I plan on sitting back and enjoying the ride for as long as it lasts.