The baseball season has started! But you probably don’t know that since it appears that no one cares outside of Japan or Seattle. Nationally all they can talk about is how Cardinals and Marlins open the 2012 MLB Season, but the Mariners and Athletics will have played two games. Watching shows on ESPN today, you wouldn’t even know that the Mariners played, let alone played in Japan, or technically opened the season. It just reenforces that ESPN and the national sports media could care less about Seattle sports teams.
Either it be the Mariners, the Seahawks in the SuperBowl, the lack of any real attention or outcry of the Sonics be relocated. Could you imagine if Houston, New Orleans, or Indiana were stolen and the national attention ESPN would put on a story like that? Skip Bayless would have to take a second away from his man crush on Tim Tebow to tell everyone what a travesty it is. SportsCenter will open with a live report from Ed Werder how the Dallas Cowboys practice field hasn’t been mowed, but won’t even mention that Seattle signs someone like Matt Flynn, Red Bryant, or Marshawn Lynch. ESPN will dedicate 20 or more minutes to the loss of to the loss of people like Chick Hearn, but hardly even mention a Hall of Famer like Dave Niehaus passes.
As a Seattle sports fan who loves his teams, it is sad to see outlets like ESPN continue to ignore the teams up here, and I’m talking the whole region. Portland, Vancouver, and Seattle. We might as well be in a different country.