Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 10/20/14
Who feels lucky? The number 21 has a reputation for being lucky.  21 is the result of the symbolic number of excellence, 3 and number of perfection 7 getting it on… That is multiplying. With the number 21 backing you up you can:
  • Beat the house in black jack
  • Buy a drink anywhere in North America
  • Purchase a hand gun
  • Enter any fine gambling establishment
With the obvious fortune that follows the number 21, there is no other logical conclusion that to assume that Mariners participation in the 21st perfect game in MLB history on the 21st of April (in the 21st century) was the luckiest day of the season. Of course there was a negative reaction thruout the emerald city when Phillip Humber embarrassed the Mariners and their fans in his accomplishment.  Some were calling for M’s skipper Eric Wedge to be fired, other more jaded fans wondered if a perfect game against the troubled Seattle franchise could actually be called a perfect game at all. But what if falling victim to a perfect game was exactly what the Mariners needed, and in a sense became a good luck charm for the club? It is curious that when the M’s left Seattle to face the central division champs that they wouldn’t just win, but they would humiliate the Motown Tigers. Here are some advantages that the M’s now have in 2012 as a result of the perfect game. 1. No one takes them seriously How is this an advantage you ask? Well, opposing clubs will now think of Seattle as an easy win and the Mariners can use this to lure opponents into a position of vulnerability.  Almost like a cheap sucker punch I suppose, but you have to use the tools at your disposal. 2. Embarrassment avoidance is motivating Watching Brendan Ryan‘s final at bat against Humber personifies the embarrassment and frustration that hit the M’s. The fans have been embarrassed by this Seattle ball club for awhile, but most of the Mariners staff have not.  The players are wearing a 35-year anniversary patch, which is about ten years older than most of these guys. Now they have had a glimpse of the reality the fans have been living in for the past three decades,  they will buck up and not let it happen again. 3. Bonded together with the crazy glue of defeat For years individual performance has outweighed teamwork in Seattle.  Players tried to keep their numbers up for when their career could move past the Northwest hole.   Something is different now as these guys are all starting their career together and have been through the worst experience in baseball together.   They care about each other.   It is obvious.
Just look at how there is more secret handshakes, pranks and smiles in the dugout.
The reality is that really… It can’t get any worse. Any success is surprising. © Danny Ferguson for North West Sports Beat, 2012. | Permalink | No comment | Follow NWSB on Twitter or join US on Facebook for real-time updates OR... | Share This on Twitter | Share NWSportsBeat.com on Facebook Post tags: Brendan Ryan, Eric Wedge, M's Blogs, Mariners, Mariners Roster, MLB, MLB Roster, Perfect Game, Phil Humber, seattle, Seattle Mariners Blog
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