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Cobain was a hero to most of us.
Cobain was a hero to most of us.
But he never meant shit to me. The sucker was a slacker-him and Johnny Depp.

Posted by chuck D | October 25, 2006 9:10 AM

Ichiro is totally leaving. He's a winner, and the M's are well, losers. He turned 33 last sunday, so he doesn't have that many more years left in him, and he wants to win a world series.

I'm guessing a 2-3 year deal for $5-$8 million per year.

Posted by John | October 25, 2006 9:32 AM

Also, the St. Louis Cards took a 2-1 lead in the World Series. Looks like all the prognosticators have to revise their predictions. *again*


Posted by Mike in MO | October 25, 2006 9:38 AM

Hans Blix "Iraqis better off under Saddam"

Posted by brian | October 25, 2006 10:14 AM

Only if you were Suni perhaps, Brian.

Posted by Proud Gay Republican | October 25, 2006 10:30 AM

Can someone inform me why the salary of the Port of Seattle chief executive is being increased while the port is losing money, losing business and continues to require a property tax subsidy to stay afloat??

Fer Chrisakes, isn't anybody watching the hen house around here?


Posted by Jensen Interceptor | October 25, 2006 10:58 AM

The Port has always been a fucking joke. They should be MAKING money, not losing it: it's a cash cow. No one has any idea how to reform it, because the reformers are even stupider than the crooks. Currently they're obsessed with building a gazillion-dollar "biotech hub", which is nice, except that all the biotech jobs are in San Diego, not here. No one at the Port seems to be at all interested in, you know, shipping.

Posted by Fnarf | October 25, 2006 11:05 AM

Fnarf, I am still trying to figure out why we have two cruise ship terminals and a third at Pier 91 now being proposed and designed to replace the two already in place.

I guess when nobody will hold you accountable, you can do what you want.

The Port of Seattle has got to be winner of the most dysfunctional agency in the state.


Posted by Jensen Interceptor | October 25, 2006 11:44 AM

You wanna see a REAL sad sack baseball team, playing in front of 37,000 empty seats every night? You will, at Safeco Field, if Ichiro walks or is traded.

He is more than just a good hitter, outfielder and leadoff bat. He is a Japanese icon, Japan's Ty Cobb, that has made Mariner fans out of thousands and thousands of Japanese. If he goes, those fans go too; they're not gonna pay to see Kenji Johjima or, if we sign him, Daisuke Matsuzaka. That's like replacing Michael Jordan with (sorry Josh Feit) Gilbert Arenas. You're not just losing a player.

Sadly, by retaining manager Mike Hargrove, who Ichiro allegedly despises, they've taken another step, along with all the losing, towards nudging him out the door.

Posted by Gomez | October 25, 2006 12:12 PM

A large part of the problem with the Port is ... well, us. We keep electing the same old crooked commissioners. There were several reformer types running in the Port election last year, but they lost to the feather-your-nest types.

The Port needs a major restructuring, and the Port commissioner jobs maybe should pay enough so that the Port commissioners aren't automatically holding their hands out for kickbacks, the way they are now.

Posted by Geni | October 25, 2006 12:13 PM

The Port jobs shouldn't be elected. They're not in New York/New Jersey; the head is jointly held by the two governors, and they appoint the board. The members are professionals, not glad-handing sycophants. I'm sure they waste plenty of public dough, but they know how to run a port. Ours are an embarrassment. It's telling that they run a huge deficit every year; our port operations all told lose a fortune every year. That's backasswards.

As for Ichiro, fans who come to the park because of him are a hindrance to proper club management. They should be coming out to support a winner. This argument is the same one that led the M's to hold onto past-pull-date dreck like Bret Boone way too long, and continue to ensure garbage like Willie Bloomquist a spot in the lineup he doesn't deserve.

I agree that Ichiro is a worthwhile player, but his iconic value means nothing to me. They pay him to PLAY. And the fact is, in right field he's probably not worth as much as some other team would pay for him -- but in CENTER field, he's worth much, much more. In right, he's an All-Star; in center he's an MVP candidate, one of the four or five best players in baseball. $5-8 million is ridiculously cheap.

Posted by Fnarf | October 25, 2006 4:37 PM

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