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Mariners

Don’t know what we’ve really got

Early this season, as the Mariners floundered far below their present level of play, Sports Illustrated proclaimed them to be the most promising young franchise in baseball.

Since then we’ve seen a lot of the reasons why — and pitchers Taijuan Walker and Danny Hultzen have yet to hit town! To those who’d still doubt the M’s are on the road to something special, I suggest it’s time to admit that you can’t see what’s right under your nose.

- Lew Witham, Seattle

Hold that hand and don’t sell

From July 1 until the All-Star break, the Mariners have been playing exciting .615 ball. Is it crazy to think management might stick with the guys that are winning now? For me, it’s only fair they stand pat and let the fun continue. Ten macabre years of inept rebuilding for “next year” have cut fan attendance by more than half.

Just once, forget the rebuilding. Have faith in the synergy of a team that knows it must get it done. The fans are owed something different. How about general manager Jack Zduriencik showing something different — faith and courage and holding the hand we have?

- Michael Scheibe, Gold Bar

Never-ending story for M’s

It’s the never-ending story of the Seattle Mariners. When they pitch, they can’t hit. When they hit, they can’t pitch. Someday, maybe, they’ll put it all together.

- Jim Cunningham, Olympia

Sims’ calls aren’t that great

I couldn’t disagree more with Jim McDonald’s recent letter (“Sims, Blowers good together,” Backtalk, July 14) about Mariners announcer Dave Sims. If I had a dollar for every time Mr. Sims called a first-pitch ball 0-and-1 instead of 1-and-0, I wouldn’t be able to afford a season ticket. Sunday, he called Michael Saunders’ home run as being hit to the opposite field. Saunders is a left-handed batter and pulled his homer to right field.

Maybe if Mike Blowers corrected him, Mr. Sims wouldn’t make so many errors. Either that or let Rick Rizzs call the games on TV and send Mr. Sims back to call his first love, football.

- Kent Andersen, Burien

Soccer

Seattle still isn’t a total soccer city

What if I told you that the highest scorer in the history of soccer played in Seattle last Sunday night? What if I told you that four megastars from the last World Cup championship played on the same field?

Sadly, Seattle doesn’t know when it has something special, even in the world of soccer. Last Sunday, four of the biggest names in women’s soccer — Abby Wambach, Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd — were here in Seattle on the same field. It was the Reign FC against the Western New York Flash, but no one knew because it received absolutely no advance media coverage.

If Seattle aspires to be a soccer city, it has to support women’s soccer. I’m told that our rivals, the Portland Thorns, have sold 5,000 season tickets and their average attendance is nearly 13,000. Starfire Stadium should’ve been packed last night. Seattle has some work to do before we consider ourselves a soccer city.

- Jim Blundell, Bellevue

Seahawks

Offended by use of Purple Heart

I deeply resent Jerry Brewer using a reference to the Purple Heart in his column (“A word of caution,” July 14) relating to the Seahawks.

As a holder of the Purple Heart, I can find no resemblance between a group of athletes playing a game and men who lay their lives on the line for their country. No matter how big and tough Seahawks players may be, they are not getting shot.

- Norman H. Friedman, Bellevue

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They are subject to editing and become the property of The Times. Fax them to 206-493-0934, or mail to: Backtalk, Seattle Times Sports, P.O. Box 70, Seattle, WA 98111. Or email to:

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