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Monday Morning QB – Odds and Ends

1 – Cliff Lee leaves the Mariners and gives up three HR’s and loses a complete game 6-1. Do you think he brought over the “hole in the bat” curse to the vaunted Rangers lineup? Plus, he gave up 6 runs which only happened once with the M’s. Don’t expect either of those to last long.

2 – Justin Smoak was 1-8 with 3 strikeouts over the weekend against the Yankees. Not quite the sizzling start the Mariners hoped for. I watched him play and like his swing (like I have an eye for talent!). I am guessing he will eventually be a fine player, but it might be in 2011. Mariner fans be patient (our motto since 1977).

3 – The NFL is around the corner. All has been quiet on the Seahawks front although that will soon be changing. The quiet before the storm.

4 – The Groz is back – Dave Grosby is coming back to 710 and now it’s got more pull as an RSPN affiliate. He will team with Kevin Calabro in the afternoon spot. I’ve always liked the Groz and I believe he will add value to what I think is now the best sports station in town. I do like and listen to them both, however the ESPN rights which bring John Clayton and others is too good.

5 – The World Cup is over! The World Cup is over! Spain won and I should be happy…I have Spanish blood through Columbia. Viva Espana and let’s get back to our regularly scheduled programming.

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

So Long Cliff…Nice work Jack

Let’s hand it to Jack Zduriencik.

He gets close to a deal with the Yankees today for Cliff Lee, toys with them while they are visiting our fine city, and then lands them on their butt by pulling the carpet out from under them. Trader Jack’s trade of Lee to the Rangers on the surface is brilliant. Here’s why…

1 – He trades them to Texas, who we have zero chance of catching this year. Texas has zero chance of re-signing Lee because of their financial woes. Lee will not haunt our division unless he signs with Anaheim.

2 – We get two former first-round picks. Justin Smoak is regarded around the league as a “can’t miss” at 1B. Yes, I know some can’t misses turn into misses, but at this point he looks like a great fit. Blake Beaven is pitching very well on the farm for Texas and could be a decent starter for the M’s. Throw in 3 other players and if even one of them pan out, it’s a bonus.

3 – The Yankees don’t get him.

4 – He might beat the Yankees in the playoffs.

5 – Back to the M’s – we have very good pitching still left and expecting more help from Erik Bedard.

6 – It’s better than 2 draft picks had we kept him. Yes, I advocated keeping him when we were talking about a bunch of minor leaguers. Smoak can play now and Beaven next year. Our boy Dustin Ackley should be up at the end of the year and playing in 2011. I like what Saunders has done. There is hope.

I would expect Russ Branyan to be the full-time DH now and hopefully next year. The Milton Bradley and Casey Kotchman experiment is over.

I for one am anxious to see Smoak play. I hope Don Wakamatsu gives him plenty of AB’s regardless of what he does. We need Him, Saunders, Josh Wilson, and hopefully Adam Moore when he gets back to be ready for 2011. Spring training only 7 months away!

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Cliff and LeBron Talk

News is swirling all over Twitter and blogs that a deal for Cliff Lee being shipped to the Yankees is imminent. It appears the Yanks would send a couple top prospects – catcher and 1B – the the M’s for the lefty. Certainly, I don’t follow the minor leagues so much that I even know who these prospects are. The catcher could end up another Jeff Clement or Adam Moore. We have to trust in Jack Zduriencik, though. This deal may end up defining his career and his time with the organization. Let’s hope he gets it right and this turns into another Ken Phelps for Jay Buhner deal for us if it indeed goes down.

I guess I swung and missed on LeBron James. Too bad. I now definitely have a team to hate and root against. Of course, athletes just like everyone else have the right to work where they want and for whom they want. I hate to see a kid who grew up near Cleveland, who single-handedly turned the franchise into an annual contender and got them to an NBA Finals, turn his back on them and probably sink them back into oblivion. I hope he never gets his trophy.

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Keep Cliff Lee?

I know this sounds crazy, but…

What if we kept Cliff Lee for the season and put on a full court press (I have no equivalent baseball term) to sign him in the off-season?

We aren’t going to catch Texas. Even though we’ve now won 5 games in a row, we still can’t score runs consistently. Texas has won 9 in a row and has a 13 game lead. We have three teams to jump over and the wild card will come from the East. However, we can definitely improve and show promise for the future and try to entice Lee to stay.

Here are a few reasons we keep him:

1 – The fans. This guy is one of the top 3 or 4 pitchers in the major leagues. It’s a joy to go watch him pitch (I’m going tonight). We don’t see this talent come along very often.

2 – Our rotation stays one of the best in the league. With quality pitching, we can build offense from here on in. Everyone is young.

3 – Crazier things have happened. Remember 1995 when we had a huge offense and Randy Johnson every fifth day? We were 13 behind in August and won the division. Texas always wilts in the summer swelter. They have money problems and won’t be adding.

4 – We have no guarantee that the minor league prospects we get will ever pan out.

I know it sounds crazy. You would say we should be getting something back for him instead of letting him walk. I know that’s the logical thing. But this is baseball. Think with your heart. How would you like to enjoy the brilliance of Cliff Lee for the full year and see if this little streak continues through summer?

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

May Need to Shower Bats for Mariners

The Mariners have a World Series staff and a Little League batting lineup (no offense meant to Little Leaguers). Actually, beleaguered is more the word. Cliff Lee was spectacular in his initial start of the year after a month stint on the DL. If we can’t show promise of giving him run support, he will be gone at the end of the year. If he is going to walk, we need to get better value by the trade deadline. It seems awful early but it’s not – it’s now time for the M’s to get moving on bringing in bats. If they are going to be a contender this year, and have a chance at keeping Lee, they must act this month. Otherwise, it’s a lost year and they will need to deal Lee by July.

Trader Jack – are you on the phone yet?

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Odd Day

Cliff Lee has been suspended for the first five games of the year for throwing at Arizona’s Chris Snyder. Really? I certainly hope the M’s appeal this decision. I can’t believe this tough of a consequence comes from an early spring training game. The Mariners need to get off to a terrific start on the road and Cliff Lee needs to throw the second game. This sounds like a slap on the wrist but to me it’s just ridiculous. We need every start he can get. Any attorneys out there willing to go to bat for Lee? Contact Jack Zduriencik.

Charlie Who? Looks like the Seahawks are banking on third-string San Diego QB Charlie Whitehurst as the heir apparent to Matt Hasselbeck. They’ve made (or appear to be making) a significant cash ($10M) and draft (moving from #40 to #60) investment. I don’t get it. As others on the radio have said, this seems like desperation. Couldn’t we have drafted Tony Pike out of Cincinnati? I hope somebody on the shores of Lake Washington knows more than everybody else.

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

The Daily Dan 12 Days of Christmas

(with apologies to the fine 16th century songwriters who penned this classic)

On the first day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me…Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the second day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me…Cliff Lee is now a Mariner and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the third day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the fourth day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the fifth day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, Sark’s the new Dawgfather, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the sixth day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, Emerald Downs is fun, Sark’s the new Dawgfather, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the seventh day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, Zduriencik is a genius, Emerald Downs is fun, Sark’s the new Dawgfather, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the eighth day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, Jim Mora needs more “dirt bags,” Zduriencik is a genius, Emerald Downs is fun, Sark’s the new Dawgfather, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the ninth day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, one more year for Griffey, Jim Mora needs more “dirt bags,” Zduriencik is a genius, Emerald Downs is fun, Sark’s the new Dawgfather, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the tenth day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, No Tiger on the Tour, one more year for Griffey, Jim Mora needs more “dirt bags,” Zduriencik is a genius, Emerald Downs is fun, Sark’s the new Dawgfather, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the eleventh day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, the Seahawks need a GM, No Tiger on the Tour, one more year for Griffey, Jim Mora needs more “dirt bags,” Zduriencik is a genius, Emerald Downs is fun, Sark’s the new Dawgfather, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner, and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

On the twelfth day of Christmas, the Daily Dan told me, Husky hoops to the Big Dance, the Seahawks need a GM, No Tiger on the Tour, one more year for Griffey, Jim Mora needs more “dirt bags,” Zduriencik is a genius, Emerald Downs is fun, Sark’s the new Dawgfather, Man I miss the Sonics, the Seahawks need an O-line, Cliff Lee is a Mariner,

and Jake Locker for the Heisman Trophy!

Merry Christmas!

Monday Morning QB #2 – Time to blow up the Hawks…

1 – It’s clear after yesterday’s debacle, that it’s time to  blow the Seahawks up. Mike Holmgren will not return in any capacity, the team is looking for fresh blood at the GM position, and it’s now time to begin re-building. This is clearly not about effort as many of you may think. This is about one word – talent. Or, lack thereof. Yes, there may be a few who aren’t putting forth their optimal effort. On a 53-man team, that’s inevitable. But the bottom line here is that this time has no talent on the offensive or defensive lines, no consistent depth, and not enough nasty. Other than Max Unger, Ray Willis, and Brandon Mebane, it may be time to overhaul the entire lot…now.

2 – Do we expect any more Christmas gifts from Trader Jack? Jack Zduriencik let us open a lot of packages early last week by delivering Chone Figgins, Cliff Lee, and Milton Bradley. This Mariners team, who like the Hawks were in rebuilding mode just 14 months ago, are now in championship contender mode. You heard me.  Why limit our dreams to a divisional championship. Jack says he’s not done and I believe him. Take what we’ve added to an 85-win team and there is no reason to believe that if we hit the playoffs, we can’t contend for a World Series. What a way to send Junior out, right?  This is a Spring Training that I can’t wait to start!

3 – Steve Sarkisian and his staff are 6 weeks away from announcing their Class of 2010 recruits, led by Nick Montana.  If Team Sarkisian is going to make a lasting legacy on this program, it begins with recruiting. Should be fun to watch the weeks unfold.

As always, I welcome your comments and questions. Let ’em rip!

Dan

The Weedin Jersey Curse – Why I Won't Be Getting a Locker or Lee Jersey for Christmas

I’m ecstatic about the two huge news items of the week – Jake Locker’s return to Washington for his senior season and the impending Cliff Lee trade to the Mariners.  But, don’t expect me to run out and get their jerseys or put them on my Christmas list.  Why?

It’s the curse.

You’ve heard of the Curse of Babe Ruth and the Boston Red Sox.  You’ve probably even heard of the Curse of the Billy Goat and the Chicago Cubs.  I never put much credence into curses until it happened to me.

Every jersey I ever bought or have been gifted has spelled doom for the player.  Here’s the evidence…

1 – Brian Bosworth.  Right after he became a Seahawk in 1987, I went out and purchased a #55 jersey.  The next thing you know, The Boz is getting run over by Bo Jackson and run out of the NFL after 3 years as a bust!  24 career games and 4 sacks.  Nice.

2 – Mark McGwire.  I am a huge baseball fan and I was mesmerized by the Big Mac-Sammy Sosa home run chase in 1998.  My daughters bough me a McGwire jersey.  The next thing you know, he becomes a poster child for the performance-enhancing steroid era and his reputation is out the window.  Nice.

3 – Michael Sinclair.  After Sinclair led the Seahawks and the NFL in sacks in 1998, he signed a big new deal.  I went out and bought a white #70 jersey.  This was a no-brainer.  Great guy, great player, lifetime Seahawk.  The next thing you know, he develops diabetes and is out of the NFL three years later never having come close to double-digit sacks again. Nice.

4 – Deion Branch.  Right after the Seahawks traded for Branch, he became the big new name on the team, wearing his lime-green gloves. I received his #83 jersey as a Christmas present in 2006. This was going to break the curse.  The next thing you know, Branch has become the oft-injured Hawk who has never materialized into the player we expected or was when he was with New England. Today, he’s barely hanging on as a reserve.  Nice.

Note – I did buy a #7 Brock Huard University of Washington jersey (see photo) AFTER he left for the NFL. It was on clearance and I got it for a great price.  I hope the curse didn’t have anything to do with the multiple head injuries that cut short his NFL career.

Nah…

Anyway, you can see my problem.  As much as I want to support these guys, I can’t take the chance and have that on my conscience.  Maybe I just need to go out and buy a Larry Fitzgerald, Vladimir Guerrero, or Oregon Duck jersey so it will curse them.

Nah…

it will probably backfire.  And then I’d be stuck with them, too!

If anyone knows how the Curse of the Bambino was broken, give me a call!

Dan

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The Waiting

As Tom Petty so appropriately put it musically, “The waiting is the hardest part…”

News broke yesterday afternoon that the Mariners were close to culminating a trade that would bring them former Cy Young winner, Cliff Lee.  I still remember where I was when I heard this.  Sitting in the Poulsbo post office parking lot.  I’d just turned away from one sports radio station (KJR) who’d been carrying an interview with Scott Locker (Jake’s dad) about his return to school for his senior season.  At a commercial, I went to ESPN 710 to hear “breaking news.”  I thought it was on Locker.  I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard the proposed trade.

I know where there’s smoke there’s fire.  This deal is probably just waiting for physicals, dotted i’s and crossed t’s, and a long-term agreement by Roy Halladay with the Phillies.  The waiting is hard because you never know what wird thing can blow up a deal.  With John Lackey in Boston and Rich Harden calling Texas home, this is the only real chance to get the Mariners that very much needed second arm to King Felix.  And what a second southpaw arm it would be!

Just for kicks and giggles, imagine this starting rotation – Felix Hernandez, Cliff Lee, Brandon Morrow, Ryan Rowland-Smith, and Ian Snell.  Not bad.  You throw in an improved lineup featuring Ichiro, Chone Figgins, Jose Lopez, and (let’s go really wild here) Nick Johnson or Adrian Gonzalez, and this is a playoff contender that is built for the short series.

But, we wait.  As of 6:47 am Pacific the news is not official.  For now, we can only dream.

The waiting is the hardest part…

Dan

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