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Blog: I want to believe, but I’ve seen this before
Blog: I want to believe, but I’ve seen this before

I want to believe, but I’ve seen this before – Brandon Naff

I love baseball. It’s always been my favorite sport, because anything is possible.

That’s why the Seattle Mariners are so difficult to watch. It’s hard to be a fan of this team when you love the sport. You’re not crazy if you don’t believe, you just know math. Yet somehow the Mariners always find a way to make you think ‘maybe, just maybe…this time will be different.’

Is it possible that the Mariners will stay hot and finish this season with their first winning record since 2003? Of course. It’s possible. Is it likely? Definitely not.

Before you start yelling and screaming at me for not jumping on the bandwagon let me tell you just how bad the Mariners are at closing out a season.

Seattle finished 2003 at 93-69, good for second place in the AL West. Things might have been different had the team finished better than 13-12 in their final 25 games. In fact, games played on or after September 1st is when the Mariners play some of their worst baseball.

Since the 2003 season (starting in 2004), the M’s have finished with a combined 109-152 record in their final month of games. The last three seasons have been some of their worst, going 9-21 in ’10, then 9-18 in’ 11, and 11-18 to end 2012, for a combined total of 29-57.

Okay, so what? Say they stay hot into August and finish with a .500 mark or better in the month of September, that could happen right? Well, statistically speaking…no. The dog days of summer have not been kind to the boys in blue and teal. Over the past nine seasons dating back to ‘04, Seattle has won an average of 13 games and lost an average of 15 in the month of August, and they’ve been flirting with that mark over the last three seasons. (15-12 Aug. 2012; 13-15 Aug. 2011; 13-14 Aug. 2010) Couple that with their losing record in September and you have one big mess on your hands.

Prepare yourself fans, because baseball in the Emerald City is about to get really ugly.

The problem is that the Mariners lack consistency. There’s a saying often tossed around with baseball: it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Sure we’ve seen them go through stretches where they look like future playoff contenders, but too often those runs are few and far between, and the cold streaks are devastating.

Do I want to be excited? Yes. Absolutely. Can I be? No. Not really. This team has to prove to me that they can go out and play well for nine innings every night, for 162 games. The Mariners need to learn how to limit the damage when they’re cold, and ride the momentum on the hot streaks. They haven’t learned how to do that yet.

Maybe I’m jaded, maybe I’m just realistic, or maybe I’ve just had my heart broken by this club too many times… One thing’s for sure: as much as I want to, I’m not buying yet. I have to see more.

For now, I’m an Orioles fan. You might remember Adam Jones and Chris Tillman? Instead we got Erik Bedard. Never forget that.




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The Zone 11/25/2015 – Hour 1

We hear from Seahawk coach Pete Carroll on Marshawn’s condition post-surgery and what’s in store for the Steelers game Sunday. And we take your Seahawk Monday headlines today with Hawks tickets on the line. We help you set your fantasy football line-up with Sigmund Bloom from

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The Zone 11/25/2015 – Hour 2

With the Apple Cup set for Friday, we preview the 108th edition with comments from Husky coach Chris Petersen and Cougar coach Mike Leach. Paul Moyer from the Seahawks Radio Network joins us to talk about the 5-5 Seahawks and the keys to success against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Lummi football coach Jim Sandusky comes on to preview their state semifinal game against their top rival Neah Bay Friday at the Tacoma Dome.

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The Zone 11/24/2015 – Hour 1

Doug opens today’s show by lamenting the fact that there are only four teams in the College Football Playoff. Jason Stiles from ROOT Sports joins the show to discuss the College Football Playoff. Is four teams enough? Who does he think will be in the final four? Trivia Tuesday. Squalicum girls soccer coach David Kish comes on the program to talk about the joy of his team winning their second straight 2A state championship.

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The Zone 11/23/2015 – Hour 1

The Seahawks took care of the 49ers on Sunday and we take your call and text on 12’s at 12, we recap the full day in the NFL with Monday Evening Quarterback, and The Big Old Dumb Game of the Day.

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The Zone 11/23/2015 – Hour 2

Looks like Les Miles is on his way out, we hear from Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson from their Monday press conference, and Chris Ianetta has signed with the Mariners.