Brandon Wants To Be Excited For Opening Day

Afternoon Blog: Brandon Wants To Be Excited For Opening Day

I’m a huge baseball fan. Ever since I could pick up a bat, as far as I remember. And naturally, being a born and bred Washingtonian, I’m a Mariners fan. Which isn’t always easy.

It wasn’t always like that. I still remember carrying around my handheld transistor radio during the 2001 season to make sure I listened to every game. Pretty sure my teachers thought I was crazy. But I didn’t care. I loved my Mariners.

It’s not like I’ve stopped being a Mariners fan. It’s just harder these days. I was 11 years old the last time the Mariners were in the playoffs. For seventeen years, the better part of two decades, I’ve endured mediocre baseball in Seattle. And I’m just kind of over being excited for the season.

Opening Day used to bring me hope and optimism for a new season of baseball. Now it just brings a reminder of every disappointing moment in the last seventeen seasons.

I’m not even cautiously optimistic about the Mariners this year. They haven’t given me a reason to be. The only major move they made in the offseason was signing Ichiro, another stark reminder of how these aren’t the ‘good old days.’ And on the heels of a 78-84 season, that doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.

I’m still a Mariners fan. I want to be excited. I want to be eager to tune in to every game, and I want to be optimistic for the start of a new season. But I can’t. Not yet.

Side note: can we bring back Opening Day? Not the Opening Day with only a couple teams playing, and then second Opening Day with the rest of the teams the day after…but real opening day, with all 30 teams playing on the same day. Please?

Brandon Naff

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