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Washburn: Mariners Deserve Boos

First it was Ichiro saying that the Mariners were playing so poorly that he’d be drinking beer and booing the team if he were at the games. Ichiro generally keeps comments to himself, so hearing that carried even more weight. Well, after getting swept by the Nationals — truly an amazing feat — Jarrod Washburn stepped up and admitted what we all know:

Mariners fans have had almost nothing to cheer about this season, and they’ve had plenty to boo. For the most part, the booing has been muted, but Sunday it could be heard in a volume approximating that of a 737 landing at SeaTac.

“When we’ve played like this,” pitcher Jarrod Washburn said, “we should be booed.”

With a .348 winning percentage, the Mariners are currently the worst team in baseball — by a wide margin. Even the worst teams have at least 28 wins and a .400 winning percentage. The Mariners are 24-45, 21 games under .500. I never imagined things could possibly get this bad for them. Last month I was doing a radio interview and was asked which manager would probably be first to go, the obvious choice being Willie Randolph. I didn’t take the bait, instead going with McLaren because the Mariners were underachieving by a ridiculous amount. This team is far too talented to be this pathetic. Maybe they do need a change at the top. And Washburn is right — the fans should be booing a team this bad.

Jarrod Washburn Brought an Ostrich into the Clubhouse

This story came from the Sports Illustrated issue a few weeks ago with Florida repeating on the cover (they’re still not one of the best ever). What can I say? My restroom life is exciting. Anywhoo, I was so impressed by it, I feel the need to share. From the “Meet Jarrod the Jokester” article:

Washburn vaulted into clubhouse lore in 2000, with the Angels when he strolled into the dressing room with a nine-foot-tall ostrich. The bird panicked several players and pitcher Ramon Ortiz backed into his locker shouting in Spanish. “He was saying, ‘My, God, look at the big chicken!'” Washburn says.

Clubhouse lore no doubt. How tight is that story? Think about it — an ostrich! In the clubhouse no less. Unfortunately there are a few items of this story I’m still not quite clear on; namely, how does one go about getting an ostrich? What, you just go to an ostrich farm and say “I’d like to borrow an ostrich today to play a prank on my teammates thank you?” How exactly does that work? What, did Wash just bring it home and stick it in the backyard for his his kids to play with afterwards? Who brings a freakin’ ostrich into the clubhouse?! That is outsanding.