The short answer is no, for some obvious reasons.
For one, a 16-game season of hard-hitting football action provides a much more conducive environment for rabid, eardrum rupturing fanatics to showcase their…well…fanaticism.
Football allows for, and in fact encourages, constant sound and fury. (Hat-tip, Mr. Shakespeare) Whereas our beloved baseball is a study in quiet concentration, interspersed with moments of action and excitement, for 162 games.
Let’s face it, if we were on our feet, screaming with reckless abandon for three hours a night we’d all be deaf and mute by the end of May at best.
That’s not to say we cannot embrace the 2014 Seattle Mariners with the same enthusiasm and vociferous vivaciousness as our Hawks. There is much to be excited about.
With the addition of Robinson Cano, Logan Morrison and Corey Hart, the offense is improved. Add another right-handed power bat in Nelson Cruz and we should compete with any team in the league…offensively.
Pitching should be our strength with perennial all-stars Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, and exciting young phenoms in Taijuan Walker and James Paxton. With the bullpen anchored by Fernando Rodney, last year’s woes in close games should not be repeated.
My point is this…we as fans have a lot to look forward to. Ownership has shown the desire to spend the money necessary to compete in the toughest division in the league, and Lloyd Mclendon is, I believe, the manager that can bring out the best in this team.
The young talent, both on the 25-man roster and in the minors, mixed with the veteran leadership, remind me of the ’95 Miracle Mariners. So let’s get behind this team, let’s keep the chip on our shoulder, and let’s shock the world, again.