Mariners start season with high hopes

Brandon Hazel

From K Signs to Boomsticks and everything in between.

Seattle fans are buzzing about the newly improved Mariners roster as the season gets underway. Fans believe that this is the year for the club to show their true potential.

With additions such as Nelson Cruz, Rickie Weeks, J.A. Happ, Justin Ruggiano and Seth Smith, the Mariners feel like a playoff run is brewing this season.

After an impressive spring training, former players like Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano, and Taijuan Walker are looking forward to the season. With youth on their side, and experience from last year, the club is ready to win in 2015.

Freshman Zach Redelf said, “The Mariners look like a playoff team; I’m excited to see if Taijuan Walker can prove his critics wrong.”

Walker, along with other young players, are looking towards the future. They hope that they can make a statement this season and become a playoff team.

The Mariners haven’t been in the playoffs since their 2001 AL championship series loss to the New York Yankees. Until last year fans watched the team in agony. Missing the playoffs by one game and finishing with a hopeful 87-75 record, Seattle fans became true to the blue again.

Junior Austin Lane said, “Every year has been a letdown except last year where we showed some true promise.”

After a 13-18-2 record in spring training, the mariners have high hopes for this 2015 season. After seven games, the M’s are 3-4 with a couple of hard losses and great wins!

Lots of new faces have contributed to the club so far. Nelson Cruz has hit four homeruns, along with teammate Dustin Ackley. Seth Smith has also become an asset with just over a .400 batting average. The Mariner’s changes in their roster have been big moves for future winning. Adding popular players should drive up ticket sales and attendance.

Ms. Birge said “With the acquisition of Cruz, ticket sales will go up, and there will be more hype!”

Along with the team, the fans are a very important aspect. Mariner’s games are a very popular attraction among students at Auburn. Junior Ryenn Pothier said going to games, “has a good atmosphere, and is great for bonding with close friends and family.”

According to MLB analysts, the Mariners are said be one of the best teams heading into the 2015 season.