Today is a day to give thanks, but not just today…be thankful EVERYDAY. We are all very fortunate to live in a place of freedom and get to enjoy the great game of baseball that we all love.
Give thanks to your friends, family, loved ones, and take a minute to think about the service men and women overseas who are not able to be home with their loved ones today.
It is important to remember why we have the freedoms that we do and the sacrifices that have been made and continue to be made to allow us to do so.
All of this being said…Why should Mariner fans be thankful this holiday season?
Here is one big reason… Loyalty.
Felix Hernandez in unquestionably the face of the Seattle Mariners. King Felix has shown us his loyalty and love for the city on multiple occasions.
Let’s face it, being a Mariner fan over the last decade hasn’t been easy. It is easy to take for granted when you have an ace like Felix, but really as a fan, you should be thankful that Felix is still in Seattle.
Signing extensions prior to reaching free agency is almost unheard of in the no-salary cap world of baseball.
Aside from the likes of Derek Jeter, we also rarely see players spend their entire career in one city in this day-and-age (knock on wood nothing changes with Felix).
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Felix has never explored free agency, has signed a long-term extension, and has given Mariner fans a reason to believe in loyalty.
He’s signed through 2019 with a club option for 2020. From Mariner fans everywhere, thank you, King Felix!
Another reason to be thankful…Vision and Leadership
Making big signing splashes was not something that the Mariners were known for.
Robinson Cano changed all of that last year when the Mariners out-bid the Yankees and brought Cano to Seattle.
With Cano came his vision for this for this ball club to succeed and his leadership skills he honed from Derek Jeter.
With as much excitement there was surrounding the signing, there was also some hesitation.
$240 million is a large number, as was 10 years to a then 31-year old Cano.
But as the 2014 season began to unfold, we started to see that Robinson Cano was much more to this young club than an all-star 2nd baseman.
Cano was an unquestioned leader and the young players in the clubhouse took notice and quickly learned from Cano.
Watching his daily preparation, his work ethic, and his ability to play everyday, the young players matured more in one season than anyone could have imagined.
As a Mariner fan this Thanksgiving Holiday just remember we have a lot to be thankful for, and the best is yet to come.
Again, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, and may you all be blessed with good health and happiness!