Emile Haddad Seattle Sports Fan: Mariners and The Playoffs
Oh boy! It’s been a nail biting last few weeks for me—I’m Emile Haddad, a Seattle Mariners fan, probably since birth. I’ve been on the edge of my seat just praying that the Mariners make it to the playoffs. Like previous years, a lot of us fans are hoping that the Mariners will finally be able to end our long playoffs drought—14 years! Can you believe that? I bet those 14 years feel like a lifetime for Hernandez!
I checked the records and it’s official—the Mariners are the only ones left. Right now, the team feels like that kid in class who always gets picked last when playing dodge ball. Last year, the Blue Jays snapped their drought. In 2014, it was the Royals, and the year before that, it was the Pirates who broke their longest drought record.
As much as I hate to say this, I think the Mariners may be losing momentum. I can’t deny the last few games have been downright disappointing. We were off to a great start last month, against the Red Sox and the Tigers, and we were hanging on for dear life for that wild card spot. Then came the game against the Yankees, which—maybe, just maybe—we thought we were just having a bad day. Tough luck. Because even I didn’t anticipate that we would collapse against the White Sox too! Good grief! But then, maybe, we were still shaking our heads, thinking we were just having another bad day, then the Rangers knocked the daylights out of us. It’s been a pretty crazy rollercoaster, to say the least.
If you ask me which teams I would put my playoff bets on, of course, it would be the Dodgers, the Nationals, and the Cubs; all are undoubtedly the strongest contenders in their respective divisions. I’ll keep mum about the American League, if that’s fine with you. I don’t want to jinx it, especially given last Tuesday night’s showing. It was an ugly night as the Mariners lost 2-10 to the Blue Jays. They had eight runs in the fourth inning! I guess when the Mariners are having a bad day, it’s really bad. Conversely, when we’re having a good day, it’s really good. Case in point our glorious eight straight wins this season. It was like we were playing in the playoffs!
As we approach postseason, I guess now would be a good time to opine that Hernandez needs to get it together. He’s still our best ace and he can’t afford to stumble now, of all times! It’s now or never again for us and I’m not ready to extend that drought by another year. A fan can only hope.
Well, as long as Hernandez is in it to win it, I’m with him and the rest of the guys too. I’ve been observing him as to whether his morale is up high or down low; I think this is telling of what could be in store for the Mariners.
As always, fingers crossed! This is Emile Haddad, a Seattle Mariners fan, signing out for now!