Mariners Bold Prediction #4: Mitch Haniger signs an extension
In case you forgot, go read it again. Haniger wants to be here, and he wants this team to make the playoffs.
"“We’re going to end this f*cking drought.”"
Gah. I read it again while putting this article together, and my feelings haven’t changed. I’m ready to run through a wall. Put in that extra training. Take extra BP. I don’t even play baseball anymore either, but I’d do whatever Haniger wanted me to after reading that.
"“And I hope our fans are all reading this. I hope you guys understand that it may be the end of the season….. but it isn’t an ending. This is a damn start. Thanks for sticking with us, and for the most fun I’ve ever had on a baseball field. I hope y’all are excited about the Mariners again. I’ll see you in the spring.”"
Haniger comes out and proves that it wasn’t just words. Finally having a full and healthy offseason, Haniger comes out in the best shape of his career. He starts treating baseballs like they said something inappropriate to his mom, punishing them on a regular basis. At some point in 2022, he’s gonna meet with Dipoto and have a conversation that goes something like this.
JD – Hey Mitch, how’s it going. You’re having a great season, and we wanted to talk about your future.
MH – Sign me to an extension. Do it. Do it now.
JD – Well Mitch, if that’s what you rea…
MH – Jerry. This is my team. I’m retiring here. Sign me to a deal. Let’s get this done, and get to October.
JD – Works for us. Let’s get it drawn up.
MH – “We’re going to end this f*cking drought.”