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Lookout Landing Podcast 88: “Why I’m a Mariners Fan” with Isabelle Minasian

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Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images

Note: We had some technical difficulties during this so the final version is three different recordings pieced together and uhhhh…you can definitely tell! Sorry about that.

0:00-13:10: Introducing our guest, the one and only Isabelle Minasian, whose name has been corrupted by thousands of incorrect pronunciations. Now that she’s taken a step back from Lookout Landing for the bright lights of Cooperstown, Isabelle gets a bunch of fun new titles. Moving across the country and taking a job with an unbiased baseball institution has slightly morphed her fandom, much to her mother’s chagrin.

13:15-33:40: Defeatism and pessimism, the Griffey and Edgar of Mariner fan emotions. Matthew turns a serious conversation into a method of shoehorning Love Island into the podcast. Then, the first guest in this podcast series who isn’t just “I was born in Seattle, so I like the Mariners” shares her fandom origin story. Ichiro the penguin, if you’re listening, come on the podcast and give us a health update.

33:45-45:15: How exploring the history of baseball can be a dark exercise for Mariner fans. Matthew and Isabelle flaunt their youthful privilege, mostly devoid of KingDome memories. At least we don’t have to go to Angel Stadium, where the best player you or I will ever see is hiding in plain sight. Isabelle dunks on a Yankees fan while opening up an interesting thought experiment into the validity of caring about your team.

45:20-55:30: What it was like for Isabelle to help induct Edgar Martinez into the Hall of Fame this summer?

With mass gatherings of people, sometimes all it takes is geographic connections and boom, you’re best friends. Apparently the scene at induction day is a lot like Pride Rock. Plus, if you work at the Hall of Fame people will allow your fan flag to fly high.

55:35-1:02:01: At the end of the day, what keeps bringing you back to the Seattle Mariners?

Music: “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield // “BOP” by DaBaby

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