(1090 The Fan) - For about a half-dozen or so games each year, I put my support for the Mariners on hold so I can honor my number one team, the San Diego Padres. And since relocating to Seattle in 2008, the reoccurring, step-child-like skirmish between to the two clubs has favored the M’s when the game is at Safeco Field…and I am in attendance.
The 9-0 beating the Padres took Monday only added to my track record of being a human bad luck charm when my team is in town. I’ve been to at least one game of every Interleague “rivalry” series in the past five years (with the exception of the 2012 season — which, of course, was a sweep), and my boys only have won once when I’ve been draped in a Tony Gwynn jersey, sitting in a navy blue Safeco chair sipping a $12 beer. It was a 1-0 pitchers’ duel in 2011 that should actually have an asterisk next to it. Doug Fister walked Cameron Maybin in the top of the fifth inning, but for some reason Maybin was awarded first base after three balls, not four. Subsequently, Maybin would come in to score on an RBI single a couple batters later, scoring the only run of the game.
Monday’s game was a very tough one to swallow.
In all honesty, I wasn’t expecting a solid win; the team was coming straight from Phoenix after suffering an agonizing loss to the Diamondbacks to play a day game against the well-rested Mariners. But, I wasn’t expecting to wince every time a Padres pitcher delivered to home plate either.
I’d mentioned to my fiancee that starter Clayton Richard would “probably struggle in the first inning” as we were walking from the car to the home plate entrance. Richard had just come off the disabled list after weeks of dealing with an intestinal virus. Nevertheless, the poppin’ Pads, who had just put up 17 runs during the weekend series with the Diamondbacks, would surely have no trouble giving Richard some much-needed support. It’s not like they were going up against the King or Hisashi Iwakuma — they were facing Aaron Harang.
You don’t need me to report to you that Mr. Harang probably hasn’t stopped smiling since 4 pm yesterday. He baffled the entire Padres lineup for nine straight innings while Richard and Anthony Bass seemed to gently place baseballs on tees for Michael Morse, Kendrys Morales, Jason Bay, Kelly Shoppach, Raul Ibanez and Endy Chavez.
The superstition excuses have been clouding my mind since leaving the game — not only is the “bad luck” bug crawling around inside my head, but there’s now a thought suggesting karma might have been at play in Monday’s slaughtering of the NL West’s fourth best team. Did my contribution to the Steve Sandmeyer Show’s Aaron Harang “contest” come back to bite me? Were the Aztec Gods of San Diego State making me pay for ripping on a fellow alum? Or, is there a higher power trying to tell me I can’t root for the Padres while I’m in the Mariners’ house?
Regardless, Mariners fans will be happy to know I am going to Tuesday night’s game.
-Chris Coyle, 1090 The Fan
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