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Lookout Landing Podcast 91: “Why I’m a Mariners Fan” with Brittney Bush Bollay

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How the internet’s preeminent Mariner fan/Seattle city politics figure fell in love with baseball during the Dustin Ackley era

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Seattle Mariners v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

0:00-10:40: Matthew welcomes Brittney Bush Bollay to the spacious, opulent recording studio. Brittney is the first guest in our “Why I’m a Mariners Fan” series who did not grow up in Washington at all. Somehow, someway, Brittney’s path to baseball went through the Mets and she still decided “This is good.” Her introduction to the Mariners, specifically, came in 2013. Again, the perseverance and tolerance for treachery is unmatched.

10:45-24:00: How having a kid provides a different lens into fandom. The art of keeping score remains undefeated. Expressing genuine gratitude and appreciation for Twitter dot com. How Brittney formed an attachment to the Mariners without having an obvious everyday player to get behind. As a pioneer of the Maple Grove, Brittney was also able to merge baseball and the community together to create something beautiful.

24:05-32:10: When bad sports things cross over into real life, and how to explain that to a child. Has cancel culture seeped into our nation’s playgrounds? What of the concept of fairness, one of childhood’s guiding lights? Sports does not care for your child’s early-stage disposition, as it turns out. Brittney then drops a bomb about success actually being no good. Matthew talks about being at this game and being confronted by the idea of your favorite team being potentially murdered in cold blood by an unflinching jaguar.

32:15-42:25: Favorite moments at Safeco Field/T-Mobile Park, and picking up the rubble from 2018. Matthew asks Brittney why she comes back every year, subjecting her child to this life, going to 60+ games per season. Her answer hits him like a train, but also sparks an interesting sartorial conversation. Treat every day like you’re Nicholas Castellanos and you do not abide by the sheeple’s calendars. Or be Sean Doolittle, speaking softly and carrying a big light saber. Finally, remembering that happiness doesn’t need to be a direct product of your sports teams. Brittney uses her platform to trick Jerry Dipoto into signing one of her favorite players. The grand finale: rolling out our plan for a new mascot.

Music: “Little of Your Love” by HAIM // “Guns and Cigarettes” by Atmosphere

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