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When A Bad Game Becomes A Good Game

My job ain't a job it's Adam good time. City to city I'm running my rhymes.

Celebrate good times. Come On!
Celebrate good times. Come On!
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

I'm not going to sugar coat it- these past few weeks or so have been... well... trying. We've been at each other's throats a little bit, been considering a trial separation, trying to make any necessary change that can probably turn things around for the both of us. We've been trying to bring in new people that can help us overcome these obstacles. It's been tense. We want you to do well, we know that you want us to be happy, this has been a rough patch for us both and we're trying to make it work. These things take work.

Tonight was important. Tonight wasn't about us and our bent but not broken relationship. Tonight we had some distant relatives coming. People wanted their bobbleheads and the last thing they wanted was to see us squabble or have any problems. So tonight we needed to make sure that we smiled our way through without showing any cracks in the foundation. We almost fell apart, but tonight, you really showed me something. That spark of what used to be and a nice look at what we could become with a little work.

This was weird, then fun, then not fun, then very fun. I'll explain below.

  • Some doof earlier today was making some Matt LeBlanc jokes at the expense of Wade LeBlanc. It turns out that he had a nice little outing. His mixing pitches kept Cardinals hitters guessing and scattering three hits and striking out three in six innings of scoreless work.
  • With Aoki hanging out at the Red Hot in Tacoma, we are going to be #blessed with Nelson Cruz playing in the outfield. He instantly started tonight with a little mishap on the first batter of the game. Let the grand experiment begin.
  • After Dae-Ho Lee gave the Mariners a 1-0 lead in the sixth, Joaquin Benoit transformed into Walking Benoit as he spent the top of the eighth not getting anybody out and making us all upset. Thanks a lot Benoit.
  • Shout out to Donn Roach. Remember when we thought that Donn Roach had a chance to make this bullpen out of Spring Training? This was a thing. I'm surprised it took until the end of June for him to make his way up I-5. Anyway, he looked pretty passable in his Mariner debut (a lot of contact) and he got the ever important WIN.
The 9th inning rolls around, and we're looking at avoiding eye contact. Some damage was done a little around the end. A few tosses that miss their mark and an error at third made us looking toward the exit, waiting for the night to be over. But then something happened. Something changed. We share an inside joke about how the play by play man can't tell the difference between a home run and a double off the wall and our friend Lee invites us for a walk. By the time we get back, we both feel rejuvenated almost refreshed. It's a familiar feeling, but it also feels different. We look at each other and then you motion toward the batter's box. Before we have a chance to think, we take a look over and this is what we see-

Being a fan of a Major League Baseball team is hard work. For some, it's the biggest commitment in their lives. Their one true passion. During the stretches like the one that's been happening, it's easy to get caught up in the bullshit and try to pretend that you don't care. You do. A night like tonight should enough to remind you why you tune in on a Friday night in the first place. If not, I don't know what to tell you.