Monday, August 9, 2010

Damned if we do, and damned if we don't ; The Brandon Morrow Story

Lordy, if I hear one more person wine about how we should have kept Brandon Morrow and how this is just another example of how Zduriencik is incompetence, I might lose it Tom Cruise style. Jump on couches and yell and Matt Lauer.

Of course a hearty congrats to the former M’s pitcher who made it to the last out in the 9th inning with a no hitter shut-out. He pitched an amazing game and took the disappointment with a great deal of class.

We were all a little ‘perturbed’ when the Mariners chose Morrow in the first round of the 2006 draft over hometown all-star, Tim Lincecum. Lincecum of course went on to win two Cy Young Awards, Major League Starting Pitcher of 2009, All-Star pitcher, etc. etc. While Tim was dominating down in the Bay, Brandon Morrow was bouncing up and down from reliever to starter. While impressive as a reliever, Morrow did not impress many in his starting appearances.

In the winter of 2009, to the delight of many Mariners fans, Morrow was traded to Toronto. Many thought that this was the right move to free up space and money for new starting pitchers. THENNNNN yesterday happened and Seattleites were all in a twitter about how the Mariners made another bone-head move by sending Morrow away! Lordy, lordy, here comes my Tom Cruise crazy-ness!

While I may disagree with many moves Jack Z. has made the past two seasons, letting go of Morrow is not one of them. When Morrow was a Mariner, he should have spent more time in AAA-Tacoma preparing and honing his craft. The M’s, along with Morrow, were so eager to have him in the rotation that he was robbed from an opportunity to really improve. Yes, we should have drafted Tim Lincecum when we had the chance, but coulda, shoulda, woulda, it’s in the past and we can’t change that.

So, no more, “Ohhh look at this, ANOTHER stupid move by the front office” comments. Congrats to Morrow, if he’s lucky he might have another chance at a no-hitter in his career. He pitched well and is starting to really come into his role as a starting pitcher.

But of course, as a Seattle fan, it seems to be damned if we do, and damned if we don’t.

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