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Lookout Landing Podcast 92: “Why I’m a Mariners Fan” with Kevin Pelton and Tristan Carosino

The Fabulous Peltoncast joins forces with Lookout Landing for some truly scorching content

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Huge thank you to Kevin Pelton and Tristan Carosino of the Fabulous Peltoncast for joining us! In a slight deviation from past episodes, we talk mostly about how their fandom died out over the years.

0:00-14:00: How Kevin and Tristan began their lives as die-hard Mariner fans in Boulevard Park, all thanks to Rich Amaral and Russ Davis. They also explain the beauty of Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball. What do they remember about those childhood baseball summers in Seattle? Would they have gravitated to baseball so hard if the Mariners were terrible in the 90s?

14:05-19:55: A reminder that Matthew’s birth saved the franchise. What do Tristan’s kids think of the current Mariners? Are children lacking an obvious entry point to baseball?

20:00-33:55: When did apathy kick in for Kevin and Tristan? Kevin mentions a gradual decline while Tristan praises baseball’s endless churn (sports, always better than no sports) before realizing he probably just doesn’t like baseball that much. Kevin starts the Evan White for MVP campaign, which causes his brother to accuse him of pandering.

34:00-42:10: The spice levels elevate off the charts! Tristan starts by wielding a flamethrower toward all people that abandon their hometown squad for the Flavor of the Month team. Then, he goes off about 1995 and 2001 actually being the worst things that ever happened. Finally, Tristan spouts the unquestionably worst opinion to ever grace these, yours, and everyone’s ears. Podcasting is the most important artform on the planet.

42:15-55:20: What does Félix Hernández mean to these broken Mariner fans? How will they handle the eventual renaissance? Kevin correctly praises the new stadium while Tristan unintentionally unpacks his high school trauma. In his mind, success and bettering yourself is bad, but also the Mariners are bad because they haven’t bettered themselves in years. He also devours the NFL all Sunday. This was exhausting.

55:25-1:05:13: The mental gymnastics required to be a Mariner fan, and how to re-wire your brain to not only care about wins and losses. Finally, it wouldn’t be a Lookout Landing podcast if Matthew didn’t bring up his past as a troublemaking teen, and it wouldn’t be a Peltoncast without a couple more Mariner hot takes.

Music: “Them Changes” by Thundercat // “Be the One” by Dua Lipa

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