My Open Opening Day (Month) Letter to the Seattle Mariners

Opening Day at Safeco Field, April 8, 2014 - Otto Greule Jr

To whom it may concern --

Edited by Tiffany Villigan

Dear Mariners,

Well, it's been about 2 weeks since your home opener. I just wanted to wish you the best of luck this season. With the success of the Seahawks we easily can see how this region will rally around a winner.

That being said, I wish you luck with a slight twinge of guilt as your front office seems bent on doing anything it can to make sure Seattle doesn't get a new basketball (or hockey) arena. I've seen that your official policy is to actively oppose Sonics Arena. I've seen the ads in the Seattle Times where you've teamed up with the port against the potential arena. I've heard your representatives at the Arena meetings ask questions aimed at putting a stop to the project. That's why any activities to support your team this year on my end are muted. I support ALL Seattle teams, regardless of their front office politics. So on your opening day, when you were in Anaheim, I had a one-man rally for the Mariners. I took my two Mariners flags and headed to my favorite overpass to deliver the Mariners' message. But that's it. Whereas I was at every pre- and regular season Seahawks home game, the Opening Day rally was all you'll get from me.

I went to Safeco Field for your home Opening Day, asking you to support the Sonics Arena Project. As I was taking pictures and trading stories, everyone I talked to supports your team but they also support the Sonics. So please support them as well. When the Sonics do come back, they won't take away from your business; they'll add to it. Just remember supporting the Sonics is more than just having a beloved former player throw out the first pitch; it's advocating for a bigger and better Stadium district that benefits all of you. Seattle supports winners. Let's support each other and win together.

Sportingly Yours,

Kris "Sonics Guy" Brannon


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