Feb 5, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; A Seattle Seahawks fan carries a 12th Man flag down 4th Avenue before a Super Bowl championship parade to begin in downtown Seattle. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Can the Seahawks 12th Man become Mariners 10th Man?

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.


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  • tedsfrozenhead

    Somehow it seems as if mentioning the baseball team and the football team in the same sentence takes away from the Glory that is the Seattle Seahawks.

  • Black

    Hi Ted, I’m the author, Rob. I’m sorry if you feel that way. That’s kind of my point. There is a disconect between teams, and there really shouldn’t be. Nothing can take away from what the Hawks have accomplished. We need to use the momentum generated by this monumental victory to show our M’s that we have their back also. That’s all.

    • tedsfrozenhead

      Hi Black. Thx for your response. My post, obviously is a reflection of the disparity of the quality of what we see on the field. Additionally there is a solid covenant between those in the Seahawk camp have with their fans that the Mariners do not seem to understand. This divide makes the avid and at time rabid response from Seahawk fans loyalty, and the loyalty returned to them by the team and is the catalyst for such blind devotion, is just not possible for the Mariners to achieve with their fan base at this time.