Aug 22, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) reacts with first baseman Logan Morrison (20) after defeating the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
The unveiling of the new Seattle Mariners’ commercials is typically one of the most highly anticipated days of the calendar year for M’s fans. The release of these ads ushers in the beginning of a new season. They give us a chance to look beyond the statistics and get to know the players as people.
This group of Mariners’ players are fun to watch on and off the field, and these commercials are the proof. There is rarely a moment during a game that Robinson Cano is not smiling, or Felix Hernandez is not trash talking. They play the game with joy, and it shows. Even if you are not a Mariners’ fan, it is hard not to love these guys.
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These ads really took on a life of their own during the mid-90’s when the fans were treated to the charismatic performances of Ken Griffey Jr., Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson, Joey Cora, and even Alex Rodriguez (prior to him catching the dreaded Disease of Douche). There have been many classic M’s commercials that have a permanent place in the memory banks of fans. Who could forget the Ken Griffey Jr. clones, or the missing K’s, or the Ichiro Suzuki epidemic, or Jamie Moyer pitching in the pre-WWII era?
Will any of this year’s submissions make the Mariners commercials hall of fame? Only time will tell, but I think there are a few promising candidates.
Click through to the next slide to watch the first commercial, and remember to cast your vote for your favorite on the final slide.
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