Thiel Pounds On Mariner’s DoorAugust 29th, 2011 by terrybenish
Thiel: Playing time needs to go to kids, not Ichiro
Art Thiel the venerable and respected columnist, late of the PI and now the majordomo behind Sportspress Northwest pounded out thousand words that you could almost see the indentation on the paper.
No hint of being in the team’s back pocket and the keeper of the soul in Northwest Sports, you can hear the sound of his fists hitting the desk top reverberating around the sound.
No dilettante, Thiel’s book after the Mariner’s singular year in 2001,
Out Of Left Field
provided a road map for the subsequent ten years. He told us that baseball was not important to the ownership and management, rather they thought they needed to build a team that was good enough to attract people to the new stadium where all the merchandising would provide good family entertainment. They believed their focus groups.
Well a funny thing happened, Seattle fans became knowledgeable about baseball and love baseball and great players and have become sickened by the serially horrific presentation of mediocrity which then descended in baseball hell.
He slaps them about the head, admonishing them not to trade the only talent that has washed up on shore in decades and says, who cares if Ichiro gets 200 hits. It means less this year than it has the past ten years. Give the at bats to the kids, they are the future.
Welcome back Art!
Follow the link above, it’s a great read.