I went through Seattle once. Maybe a few other towns out that way, too. Mind’s not that clear about that trip, uh, journey, but I don’t recall seeing any sloughs. So I never could figure out why horse people get so excited talking about Seattle’s sloughs. Imagine what all that water could to a horse race…
But this is about baseball so let’s talk about baseball people. You know who I’m talking about… those little round guys dressed in faux horsehide and leather gloves. They’re a little unseamly (went a long way to get that one), but once you get to know them you realize they’re often well grounded and only occasionally fly off the handle.
For God’s sake stop me!
Mariner is another word for sailor. Comes from the French, marinier, with lots of mayonnaise, which in turn comes for the medieval Latin marinarius, who often ate their words with a lot of marinara. No matter where it originated, mariner still means sailor, as in
And that’s been Seattle’s problem; they’ve been around since Bud Seeling pulled a fast one and moved the Pilots from Seattle in the middle of the night and had them rebaptized in Milwaukee as the Brewers, that was about, oooh nineteen-and seventy-seven, and Seattle fans have been looking for a good time ever since. So much so they’ve become Sleepless.
Probably why the Mariners are one of seven MLB teams that have never won a World Series and one of two MLB teams to have never even played in a World Series! And that’s despite posting the winningest (is that really a word?) American League regular season ever, 116 wins in 2001.
So the Mariners are sailing into town today, hoping to tie an anchor around the Twins’ necks, but if the Twins sink ‘em for three straight those hapless bluejackets will only be streamlining the Twins yacht for the playoff regatta. And in that case those Seattle sailors will still be looking for a good time.
Sorry, Kelly. Maybe you should check out the Minnesota farm boys instead... especially the older ones... who live on a hobby farm... in southern Minnesota... whose name means "beloved"...
Like we always used to tell one of our appropriately named college buddies when we got up from the bar for a trip to the bathroom
On The Bump tonite:
Twins: Martin “The Marauder” Perez 7-2 ERA 3.72 60 K
Mariners: Mike “The Radiator” Leak 5-6 ERA 4.30 56 K