"Another Blog on the Fire" Michael Dashiell
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Michael Dashiell (that's me) is editor of the Sequim Gazette. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Western Washington University, has worked at the Sequim Gazette for about 10 years and enjoys writing — occasionally. He and his wife Patsene live in Sequim; their two daughters are in college. He will write about anything, but particularly enjoys sports, arts, breaking news and news-of-the-weird. He also enjoys writing about himself in the third person.
On Aug. 17, 1957, future Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn of the Philadelphia Phillies slapped a foul ball into the stands and hit poor Mrs. Roth, the wife of Philadelphia Bulletin sports editor Earl Roth, square in the face, breaking her nose.
To add injury to injury, Ashburn laced another foul ball into the stands later that at-bat that hit Mrs. Roth while she was being moved on a stretcher out of the ballpark.
Well, at least the Phillies won.
I used to feel the same way every time I watch the Mariners, which isn't often anymore. When the Seahawks lose, it's like a punch in the gut. When the Mariners lose — and they've been making a killing out there, really — it's more like a foul ball to the face.
Now they simply can't lose. Going into Monday night's home game against the Cleveland Indians, the Mariners are — wait for it — on a six-game winning streak. Wha? Huh? The Seattle Mariners?
I was literally in the middle of procrastinating about finishing my "Mariners stink" column when they all of a sudden figured it out just before the All-Star break. It came at a good time for me, since I was looking for more reasons not to finish the column.
Some of the original text included more vicious truths about the underwhelming Seattle-based ball club, with some near-libel toward their manager and certainly some defamation of character regarding their general manager.
I already had picked out another team to root for (the Washington Nationals), backup teams (the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates) and a different sport (water polo).
I even had a cool end quote from the late, great Casey Stengel ("The only thing worse than a Mets game is a Mets doubleheader" — and that was the Mets' MANAGER).
Instead, I am relegated to writing what every sports columnist in Washington state is required to write: I was wrong. Don't give up. Don't destroy your M's tickets. They're for real. Give it up for the coaching staff and the organization. I like the youth movement. Wow these kids can play. Woo hoo.