Nathan Bishop : @NathanHBishop
Author @ Pro Ball NW Since August 18, 2011

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The Mariners-Brewers brawl on the night of June 30, 1990 changed my life. Baseball has prepared me for a life of wading through boredom for spasms of purpose. Spent the '90s worshipping the RBI, the '00s adoring the home run and the '10s wondering if I'll ever know anything again.

Father of two, piano player, beer lover and living Northwestern stereotype.

Nathan Bishop's Last 20 Articles

Jason Vargas traded for Kendrys Morales

Written on December 19, 2012 @ 03:40PM
So The Plan, wrought ever so secretly in the dark places of the heart in the bleakness of Winter way back in 2009 finally bears fruit. The Plan was cunning, but also simple: Allow a star on a division rival to defeat you in such dramatic, heart-wrenching style that the ensuing celebration would be so…

Mariners Sail Into Bay of Unfulfilled Expectations

Written on December 06, 2012 @ 03:09PM
The Winter Meetings are almost over. Hooray for the end of speculation being the new gold. Mariner fans specifically have been subject to an onslaught of rumors. Metaphors and analogies are not my strong suite so instead please see below a pictoral representation of the last four days:…

Mariners Still Exist, Notes National Media

Written on November 08, 2012 @ 11:05AM
It’s going on eight years now since the Mariners used free agency to go after big offensive improvement. There has been speculation, based at least somewhat from the team’s own comments that the massive profits they have made for years may finally be getting hot enough in the pocket to demand some…

Alexander the Great

Written on October 24, 2012 @ 01:19PM
April 16, 2001. I was on Spring Break, home from California for a week. For months I had this date circled. I had, for the first time, used the internet to buy tickets to an event well in advance. This was the day Seattle got its vengeance. The return of A-Rod. In many ways that April day in 2001…

April Showers Recapped, May Flowers Hoped For

Written on May 04, 2012 @ 03:53PM
“The stars are faint; and I am weary as I have seldom been before, weary as no Ranger should be with a clear trail to follow. There is some will that lends speed to our foes and sets an unseen barrier before us: a weariness that is in the heart more than in the limb.” -Aragorn, The Lord of the…

Mariners High-Five Losing

Written on May 02, 2012 @ 11:36PM
(11-15) Is that five in a row? Really? Boy that was fast. It doesn’t feel like that many. It’s the home runs isn’t it? The Mariners have hit ten home runs in the last six games. Last July they hit twelve. They went nine straight games without one. A little research reveals that is the most home…

Felix Almost Pushes Boulder Up Hill, Mariners Lose.

Written on April 30, 2012 @ 11:47PM
(11-13) For years the greeting “Happy Felix Day” has been a standard colloquialism among fans. While I love it’s simplicity and allusion to hopefulness and expectation (rare things for Mariners’ fans) I don’t think I ever really feel “happy” on days when Felix pitches. I feel anxious and, at…

Imported From Seattle: Pain

Written on April 26, 2012 @ 05:13PM
(10-10) In the long, long baseball season there’s always a game or two like this. A game where the scapegoats rise up and shove it in the face of all the haters. The Mariners won today in large part because Chone Figgins had three hits and Miguel Olivo caught a hanging slider on the barrel and hit…

Tigers Defense Bad. Mariners Offense Good?

Written on April 25, 2012 @ 09:09PM
(9-10) Well what do we make of this now? Two days in a row the Mariners have unleashed a fifteen hit barrage against one of the prohibitive favorites in the American League. The team has clinched the still-new season’s best series victory and appears, as it has before, to be ready to be upgraded to…

Mariners vs. Worst Team Ever - Series Preview

Written on April 20, 2012 @ 03:23PM
I’m going to be honest with you guys: this series preview isn’t going to be high on analysis. We have no guest blogger from the White Sox to participate with in a back and forth and after I’m done writing this there probably never will be. The Chicago White Sox -- despite the ever present success of…

Mariners See, Get Saw'd.

Written on April 18, 2012 @ 12:33AM
(6-6) Tough loss. Pretty, prett-ay tough loss. Coming into this game my main concern was getting shutdown by Justin Masterson and his mutant, turbo-sinker. When the first six Mariners hit the ball on the ground it seemed as though things were settled comfortably into the predictable category.…

Surprised By Joy

Written on April 16, 2012 @ 12:55PM
This was originally going to be up on Saturday but then life went and happened so it's not as timely as I had hoped. Still, I thought it worthwhile to honor one of the greats. Classic cliché moments bring out tears in me: The birth of my kids, sunrise over the Cascades, the first time I saw the end…

Sherrill says, "Ouch." Furbush says, "Hello again."

Written on April 13, 2012 @ 03:40PM
George Sherrill coming back this year excited me. This is because I am an unabashed sucker for nostalgia. All baseball players play better under a sepia colored sky. Then Spring Training started and George Sherrill was terrible. But George Sherrill always has terrible Spring Trainings. It’s part of…

Mariners Play Encore, Forget Ending.

Written on April 12, 2012 @ 05:30PM
(4-4) Well. That was a stressful way to spend the first full series on American soil. It’s hard to imagine the team is going to have a more difficult matchup this year than a four game series in Arlington without Felix Hernandez pitching. The results were predictable and I don’t imagine too many…

Mariners Set 100 Meter Record in 400 Meter Race, Lose.

Written on April 09, 2012 @ 10:49PM
(3-2) When talking 2012 Mariners during the offseason one of my main sentiments has been “I’m happy to lose 9-7. Let’s play some three and a half hour games!” Well the team looks like it’s going to hold me accountable for that statement. All three games on American soil have seen the Mariners…

Mariners beat A's Despite Alternate Ending to 13 Days

Written on April 06, 2012 @ 11:50PM
(2-1) Three games into 2012 and I haven’t been able to watch one of them live. The first two because they were played in some alternate reality and this one for everyday boring reasons. The sweetest days for a sports fan were between the invention of the DVR and Twitter. There was no knowledge…

Forecast Calls for Showers, Slowly Improving

Written on March 27, 2012 @ 03:52PM
11 hours and 9 minutes. Then my alarm will go off and I will curse, most likely repeatedly. It feels comfortably circular to begin a Mariners’ season with profanity as inevitably every season ends in a hailstorm of salty language. The pain, stupidity and lingering effects of getting up in…

40-man, Player by Player: Chone Figgins

Written on March 20, 2012 @ 11:05PM
Originally posted on 03/13/2012 at 12:12pm “I HATE that guy!” “You @$#% get off my team!” “I am longing for the days of Jeff Cirillo” The above quotes are just a small sampling of things I screamed at my television in an attempt to impart to Chone Figgins how much I detested watching him in…

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