This season of Mariners Baseball has been a study in contradictions. It has given us soaring highs and dismal lows all occurring within the same week sometimes. It definitely has not been a show of consistency. Back on July 23rd we lost Ichiro (who had become a Seattle institution) to the Yankees. Grrr… (I’m not mad at Ichiro for leaving. I’m just mad at the Yankees for existing). At that point it seemed as if the Mariners were destined to live out the rest of the season as the first part had been. They would likely continue to eek out the occasional good win while more frequently letting games slip away. And then as the fans were ready to resign themselves to a less than mediocre season, we were reminded of why we watch this damn game in the first place. Our King reminded us of his greatness.
Of course I am talking about the Perfect Game thrown by Felix Hernandez last week. It was a reminder to everyone in Seattle who may have stopped watching that there can still be amazing moments even in a lackluster season. Since then things have been looking pretty good too. As of today, the Mariners have won five games in a row including a sweep of the Minnesota Twins. It has been a very good week. There is no guarantee that this will keep up, but it’s nice to dream. At this point the team is actually in spitting distance of a .500 record and even that would be an accomplishment.
Anyway, in celebration of King Felix’s awesomeness the Mariners are upgrading the usual King’s Court section dedicated to Felix to the Supreme Court for tomorrow night’s game. The first 34,000 fans (In honor of number 34) will receive commemorative t-shirts and hopefully the whole place will be a impressive shade of yellow. They have even lowered ticket prices. It looks like it will be quite the party. I have my tickets and hopefully I’ll be seeing you guys at the ballpark so that we may bow to our King.