Some of you may have noticed, I’ve been relatively absent on the blog for the last week and a half. After tonight, that absence will basically be permanent. This will likely be my last Mariners game I cover for the foreseeable future.
No I’m not leaving the TNT, there has just been a little bit of a lineup change – a newspaper’s lineup isn’t quite as un-settled as the Mariners, but it can and will change from time to time. And earlier this week, I was traded to the University of Washington football and basketball beat. I don’t think it’s for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Consider it a waiver wire deal.
Obviously, it’s something very new, very different, very challenging and exciting. It will also be ultra-time consuming. I’ve helped cover Huskies off and on after baseball season was over, but not like this. This is full time. Let’s be honest, I’m the underdog going into this. It means that covering baseball is out of the question right now.
So Larry will be captaining the blog and its direction solo. Consider him Ahab. With me gone, that means no random pictures of Montana, no music videos (I really wanted to post a Warrant video today -- RIP Jani Lane), no complaints about certain players’ walk-up music, no early news on Rainiers call-ups from my “sources” or winter meetings for me.
Good or bad, there will also be no 2,000 word diatribes or analysis pieces from me … well, maybe.
That’s thing it’s hard for me to completely walk away from baseball. It’s my sport. It's always been my sport. So while I won’t be handling the day to day duties, I will continue to watch. I will continue to read and I will continue to think about the game. And perhaps, Larry will let my write up something or another every once in a while when I get the itch to pontificate.
Baseball may not be my beat anymore. But it’s still my game. It’s the beat I always wanted to cover to prepare me to be a columnist. Over the last four and half seasons, covering the Mariners allowed me to meet so many people and truly become a citizen of the Puget Sound area.
I’ve learned more about the game, the team and the fans more in these last few years than I could have possibly imagined. It’s been crazy. I got to see old Yankee Stadium before it was torn down. I’ve been to Fenway five times. Unfortunately, I’ve also been to Detroit eight times. I know this: in all the games I’ve covered, they’ve lost more games than they’ve won by a considerable margin. And yet it never got old.
So it will be one last game tonight, maybe the Mariners will win, more likely they won’t. It won’t matter. I will be getting paid to be at a baseball game. You can't ask for much more than that.
I’m sure I will find my way back again some day, probably sooner rather than later. Until, it's not goodbye, it's simply see you later.