In 30 Teams, 30 Posts, I write a post (of varying amounts of seriousness) about every MLB team in some way in the lead-up to the beginning of the 2016 season. Earlier installments can be found here. Today, I waste time on YouTube watching old Mariners ads.
It is one of those generally known facts that the Mariners have some of the best commercials in baseball. I’m not sure where and when this piece of wisdom first came into being, but it exists. So, let’s go back and look at some past Mariners ads, shall we?
2003: Bret Boone Bat Flip
It is unusual to think in this world where some people spent most of the last few seasons complaining about bat-flips that as early as 2003 there was an ad based upon the fact that Bret Boone had a bat flip.
2003: Ichiro Shift
What’s scary is that this isn’t so much a commercial so much as it is a documentary. I wonder how they got all the Athletics stuff, though. I mean, they even have the mascot there. That’s not exactly something you buy from a prop store. Maybe the conversation went like this:
“Hey, we need like 25 uniforms and the elephant suit.”
“We’re making a commercial that implies that even if every member of your roster was on the field, we’d still be able to get a hit off of you.”
“Don’t be ridiculous, that is absurd.”
“Okay, that makes sense. We’ll get them to you next Tuesday.”
2004: Ichiro Autograph
The fact we never got a sitcom about Ichiro living in a small anytown Seattle suburb is greatly disappointing. Also, the idea that Ichiro could throw a ball to Spokane from Seattle (a distance of about 230 miles) is only slightly less realistic than his previous commercial.
2005: Ichiro and Raul Ibanez sell the Batter’s Box in a Telethon
2006: Jamie Moyer Tribute
What’s great about this one is that Jamie Moyer played parts of five more seasons after 2006.
2006: The Missing Ks
I like the devotion to the gag here, but it’s a bit “meh” compared to some of the other ads.
I feel like “Ichiro’ing” with lawn equipment would be dangerous. But, hey, who am I to argue?
2006: Big Richie
Wait, is that Nick Punto as a catcher at the end? He never played catcher!
2008: Fullness and Sheen
Somewhere, Mr. Burns trembles.
Worth it if only for the question of what happened to the original L-screen.
2010: Two First Names
A) I totally forgot somehow that Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez were on the same team. B) How did this conversation about two first names get started? I want to know.
Worth it if only for Ichiro quoting Indiana Jones.
2012: Nobody’s Perfect
I wonder if they had a giveaway of the ventriloquist doll?
2013: Wise ‘Ol Buffalo
Okay, that’s just weird.
I applaud the Mariners for doing the history lesson.
It’s the Elvis that does it for me.
2015: Bat Control
This would be a better commercial if Robinson Cano didn’t have a (for him) down year in 2015.
2015: Where does it go?
I just saw an invisible arrow deflate the bouncy-castle of an Athletics’ fan. Man, why is it always the Athletics?
I can’t find any 2016 Mariners ads yet, but I’m sure they will continue to be… uhhm… unique. b