In Representative Men Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote,
IT IS NATURAL to believe in great men. If the companions of our childhood should turn out to be heroes, and their condition regal it would not surprise us. All mythology opens with demigods, and the circumstance is high and poetic; that is, their genius is paramount. [...]Our religion is the love and cherishing of these patrons.
Emerson's Representative Men included Plato, Swedenborg, Montaigne, Shakespeare, Napoleon and Goethe.
You can add Raul Ibanez to that list.
Seattle, ohh, I hope you know what you have. When Bavasi swept in under a cover of darkness and stole Ibanez from us, it left a Grand Canyon sized whole in the collective heart of a city.
November 19, 2003, the Day the Universe Changed.
Raul's place in Royal history is assured. His place in Mariners history continues to grow. His place in the annals of baseball immortality remains to be written.
I hope the Royals re-sign Ibanez at the end of his career so he can retire as a Royal, even if its only for a goofy press conference photo-op. We all know how meaningful these things are.
Lastly, if the Royals should one-day return to the AL West, it could mean that the Mariners return to prominence and that Raul wins the MVP:
Raul versus Royals: