Fan-bought bricks under 101

DMZ · September 11, 2004 at 1:08 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

There’s an additional issue with the Section 101 seats I haven’t touched on yet that several people have mentioned in the letters they’ve written: the Mariners are breaking their word (if not their contract) to those people who spent a good bit of money to buy a brick with a little message on it, and they’d be able to come see their contibution forever and feel a sense of pride.

I didn’t buy a brick, as at the time I was in college and had better things to do with my money like feed myself. But maybe someone here can speak more specifically to the deal they made with the Mariners — were they promised that the bricks would always be visit-able, for instance? I think it was clearly implied, but was it in the fine print?

Also, not to flog this too much, but if you haven’t complained already about the center field landing being taken over by bleachers, it’s a good time to do it. The team’s aware people are unhappy and they’re “evaluating” the issue for next year, but more importantly the local writers are aware of it even if they haven’t chosen to write about it, and getting someone in print to write this up means many thousands more people will find out and get mad (because, let’s be honest, the Times/PI sports sections still reach more people than we do).


7 Responses to “Fan-bought bricks under 101”

  1. Jonah Keri on September 11th, 2004 2:23 pm

    I have nothing to add about the bricks, but man, I feel for you guys. Read this, and have plenty of kleenex at the ready:

    Jimy adds M’s

    Former Sox manager Jimy Williams, who was fired by the Houston Astros in July, is currently working as a consultant for the Seattle Mariners [stats, schedule], according to sources. It naturally triggers speculation that Williams will be taking over when/if embattled Mariners manager Bob Melvin is fired.

  2. Dave on September 11th, 2004 2:45 pm

    Now we know where the Sasaki money is going!

    In all seriousness, this isn’t a big deal. The M’s have like 842 consultants on staff. Jimy Williams isn’t any more likely to be the M’s next manager than Dan Evans is to be the M’s next GM. They just love hiring “baseball men” whenever they are available.

  3. Jeff Sullivan on September 11th, 2004 3:19 pm

    Having Bavasi/Williams/Melvin/Evans around rivals Tampa Bay’s Lamar/Bonifay/Thrift contingent.

  4. Dave on September 11th, 2004 3:28 pm

    Don’t forget Woodward, Gillick, and Squiggy.

  5. Jeff Sullivan on September 11th, 2004 3:46 pm

    I don’t know how I forgot about Woodward.

    Are these guys born with some kind of birthmark that helps the organization identify them as Baseball People?

  6. eponymous coward on September 11th, 2004 5:17 pm

    Yeah, I figure the M’s are sort of like Skull and Bones, where there are secret rituals where they chant “Sac Bunt with no out…Character Guy…Gamer…Gritty ballplayer” oveer and over.

  7. Jon on September 13th, 2004 9:44 am

    What have they done with the bricks? My mother bought one for her recently deceased brother and it meant a lot to her to have it always on display there…