Because College Park’s filled with people who are not actually from Maryland, we see a lot of people in completely random–and awesome–jerseys. Each week (ish), we’ll be posting a little about the best we saw. Maybe there will even be pictures.
I again don’t have a picture, but if you expect me to snap pictures of girls I see riding elliptical machines at the gym, you’re overstating how much I care about this blog.
Let’s jump through the hoops here. Only about 25 percent of the university’s population is out-of-state. Let’s conservatively say about 99 percent of those people are from New York and New Jersey. How many people from Washington state can possibly go here? 10?
Based on the (very few) Mariners home games I’ve watched, Seattle cares about its baseball team, but not too much. So this university has, say, five Mariners fans? Five, though, is also the number of years Olerud played for Seattle. The Mariners haven’t made the World Series, but they’ve had some impressive baseballers over the last 20 years: Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, Edgar Martinez, Ichiro, and Felix Hernandez are all jerseys I’d more expect to see, Bret Boone, Jay Buhner, and even Michael Pineda (hey, I’ve seen Jake Arrieta T-shirt jerseys around here) have to be equally likely.
Not that I’m complaining. Olerud’s probably one of the more serially underrated players of his generation. His incredible .363/.473/.599 season in 1993 never received the recognition it deserved, like a first-place MVP vote or two, and his career WAR of 56.8 renders him warranting serious Hall of Fame consideration. In their only shared year on the ballot (2011), Jack Morris (career WAR below 40) received 311 votes to Olerud’s 4.
So whether you were also listening to a FanGraphs podcast, girl-on-the-ellipitcal, or you were just wearing a hand-me-down from an older brother, I salute you.