Cliff Notes: With lockout over, Seattle sports scene gets a much-needed lift

by Cliff Gibson

It took 99 days, but baseball’s owners and players have finally reached an agreement, ending the lockout that looked like it might stretch into April. Obviously, putting an end to a baseball lockout is excellent news for the game of baseball, but the local sports base needed this now more than ever.

The current state of professional sports in the region is not great. The Kraken still haven’t figured out how to win, and now sit dead last in the Western Conference (and dangerously close to having the least amount of points in the entire NHL). The Sounders have gotten off to a dreadful start, dropping their first two fixtures without a single goal scored.

And lest we forget, we just witnessed the end of an era as Russell Wilson was traded from the Seahawks to Denver, and fellow All-Pro Bobby Wagner has been released. With two faces of the franchise out the door, Seahawks fans could be in for a long, painful 2022 season. No, baseball couldn’t have returned at a better time.

The Mariners return April 7 to continue what was one helluva ride in the 2021 season, but ended just short of the playoffs. My older kids and I were at T-Mobile Park on the last day of the season (as well as many others), and even though we failed to clinch that elusive playoff berth, I’ve never been part of a more electric scene.

The entire 2021 season was a fairy tale, full of one-run wins and last-inning heroics. The buzz of M’s fans was deafening. And THAT is exactly what we are needing again. A glimmer of hope. A little bit of excitement. A winning chance. And the Mariners represent Seattle’s only opportunity to hit the jackpot.

Baseball is back, and with it, the optimism Seattle sports fans have been missing since its departure. It’s time to #Believe again.

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