The Seattle Mariners are one of the hottest teams in baseball having won nine of their last 11 to get to .500 for the first time since the fourth game of the season. They’ve been winning despite second baseman Chone Figgins‘ struggles at the plate that led to his benching Friday night. Figgy only has 37 hits on the season, 10 extra-base hits, and his average is down to .202. He’s even doing worse than he did last year when he hit .259 in a disappointing first season for Seattle. Luckily all is not lost for the fans.
Norm’s Eatery and Ale House in Seattle offers specials on Mondays where pints of Widmer’s beer are marked down to match Figgins’ batting average, according to Q13 Fox News Seattle. The bar apparently pokes fun at the Mariners’ struggles quite frequently. Q13 says the bar “held a similar promotion a few years ago, in which beer prices were based on former Mariner Richie Sexson’s batting average. Last year, they held a food and beer special called “Milton’s Meltdowns,” which were based on Milton Bradley’s headlines on and off the field.”
Now if this promotion happened in say, Pittsburgh, the team would be demanding a boycott of the bar. The good news is the M’s have been winning despite his struggles, so they probably don’t feel too offended by the promotion. And at the worst, maybe the insult can inspire Figgins to turn things around. My only question is if it will look like this when the fans drink the beer.