I agree that only winning brings attendance, but I still don't see how Josh Hamilton is any way a bad signing for the Mariners at 4 years. It's not like the Angels with Pujols or the Tigers with Fielder. I understand if people were talking 7 year deal, but I doubt the Mariners would go even close to that high.
I'm not sure if he'll go to the Mariners (I don't think Texas really wants him that bad TBH), but I think people that say a power hitter signing a 4 year contract at 90-100 million dollars is that big of a risk... What's riskier, signing that deal, or going into next season with the same too young roster you had? This team has tons of solid talent, but no one that can hit in the 3, 4, or 5. Hamilton is your 3, Montero could easily develop into a 4 or 5. Plus you got tons of pitching, and the Mariners always seem to have a good bullpen (something Big Z is very good at is discovering cheap relievers with big arms).
I'm so tired of people acting like the season is decided in baseball before it starts. I'm sure you all picked the A's to win the AL West. This is a young team that could very well break out next season. It's got some talent, and is a few moves away from making things competitive.
They're not a disaster like the Astros...
Remember that most fans dont think like you so you cant act like they do. People will come see Josh Hamilton a lot more than they will to see the same team as last year.
Casual fans dont understand rebuilding. They will see that we didnt do anything, and not give a ****. If we get Josh, they will be excited about finally getting a star player.
The impression of winning doesn't bring people back like winning itself.
The Mets were 8 games over .500 in 2010 at the all star break, and 6 games over last year at the break..
Did it do anything attendance wise?
Baseball as a whole is declining with fans. Every year the total attendance for MLB goes down. Its sad but true. Probably because its so ****ing expensive to go to a ballgame now
Did you guys sign a star? Nope.
I disagree that Josh wont help us win next year. It wont be the impression, it will be actually winning.
Plus all the bandwagoners around here might come back.
Mariners Fans KEEP PUSHING YOU GUYS ARE CLOSE!!! You guys need to sign Josh Hamilton or else say hello Oklahoma City!!
Josh Hamilton won't make the Mariners a contender, he'll just make them a better fourth place team than they currently are. It would be equally ridiculous if the Cubs, Marlins, Twins or Rockies signed him for example.
See I used to bring up the WAR too but I now think he is better than that. Can't use it as a be all end all. The dude puts up massive numbers. We can't leave the worst offense in the league as it is.