The Seattle Mariners were picked by most experts to win the American League West this season. At the very least the M’s were expected to be a bona fide contender for a Wild Card spot in the American League. They are not.

In fact the Mariners have been a simply wretched baseball team. Following another drubbing by the last place Yankees Friday night, the Mariners fell to 18-31. That’s the worst record in baseball. The team can’t hit, has been getting increasingly poor starting pitching (supposedly the club’s strength), and looks to be just an awfully constructed mess of a ballclub.

There are rumors that manager John McLaren may be fired before the end of the weekend.

Observing this disaster has been the team’s superstar-center fielder Ichiro Suzuki. There’s an AWESOME quote by Ichiro in today’s Seattle P.I. baseball blog. Since Ichiro doesn’t give interviews to members of the English speaking media, this was actually a prepared statement,


Playing on this team and seeing what is happening around me, I feel that something is beginning to fall apart,” Ichiro said, through a translator. “But, if I was not in this situation, and I was objectively watching what just happened this week, I would probably be drinking a lot of beers and booing.”

“I-would-probably-be-drinking-a-lot-of-beers-and-booing,” is an absolutely BRILLIANT analysis of the situation.

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