Musings about, um... well, the Seattle Mariners as well as a love affair with this game baseball. By Peter J. White
Peter (Manassas, VA): Do you see Edgar Martinez returning in 2004? If not, how do you anticipate the Mariners filling that hole in the lineup? That's a nice chunk of change the Mariners would save without Edgar, but would they spend it? Are Raffie Palmeiro and Junior Griffey serious options to consider? Do you think the Mariners might make an effort to acquire Carlos Beltran?
Derek Zumsteg: I don't, but I hope he will. There is a lot of buzz about Rafael Palmeiro, who has been a Mariner-killer for his whole career, but that's a bad decision. Still, it's an easy decision and he's a name player.
It'll be an important test of whoever they hire to replace Gillick.
NY Yankees 97 59 --
Oakland 94 63 3.5
Boston 92 64 5.0
Seattle 90 67 7.5
NY Yankees 97 58 --
Oakland 93 63 4.5
Boston 91 64 6.0
Seattle 89 67 8.5
LET us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherised upon a table;
Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
The muttering retreats
Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:
Streets that follow like a tedious argument
Of insidious intent
To lead you to an overwhelming question ?
Oh, do not ask, ?What is it??
Let us go and make our visit.