My lunch at Ivar's yesterday with a group of concerned Mariners fans. Counter-clockwise around table beginning at front towards the left side: Don McDonald, Anna McCune, Rich Johnson, Geoff Baker, Tim Rice, Brian Ware, Tricia Reisenauer, Thomas Gerard
Every year for the past decade, a group of colleagues from an architectural firm in Seattle has gotten together to conduct a post-mortem on the Mariners season and explore ideas and options for the coming season. The only difference this year was that they invited yours truly to join them for lunch at Ivar's down on the waterfront. Being the beautiful November day that it was, we got to sit outside.
The group began meeting after the 2001 season and has been doing so ever since. They get together prior to the start of spring training as well.
What I detected, during our nearly two-hour conversation, was a sense of both optimism about the team, as well as some impatience. The group was all for the rebuilding process that's been going on...