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Is Our Long Regional Nightmare Over?

On Father’s Day yesterday, we went to a Mariners game. It was a beautiful day for baseball: just about 70°F and nary a cloud in the sky. We had a great time despite the pain involved in watching the worst team in baseball struggle against the nearly-worst. It was like watching a train wreck in slow motion. When the umpire made a completely non-controversial call in the 8th inning, giving the Nats a three-run homer, the fans unleashed the longest and loudest round of booing I can ever recall hearing at Safeco Field. Now, I’ll grant that on a day like Father’s Day, it’s entirely possible that quite a few people attending the game may not know that the foul pole is fair, but I’m inclined to think the booing wasn’t really so much about the call to begin with. It was like the fan’s collective rage over several squandered years finally burst to the surface.

Apparently, the booing did some good! Or maybe it was the teams position at 20 games under .500. Either way, the Mariners announced today that they have fired incompetent General Manager Bill Bavasi. Mariners’ VP/Associate General Manager Lee Pelekoudas will take his place during the search for a permanent replacement. Pelekoudas has been with the M’s for almost 30 years. Of course, real change will take time and we still don’t know if Bavasi’s replacement will be any better, but it’s a good first step. Go M’s!