Mutability by Percy Bysshe Shelley
We are as clouds that veil the midnight moon;
How restlessly they speed, and gleam, and quiver,
Streaking the darkness radiantly!—yet soon
Night closes round, and they are lost forever:
Or like forgotten lyres, whose dissonant strings
Give various response to each varying blast,
To whose frail frame no second motion brings
One mood or modulation like the last.
We rest.—A dream has power to poison sleep;
We rise.—One wandering thought pollutes the day;
We feel, conceive or reason, laugh or weep;
Embrace fond woe, or cast our cares away:
It is the same!—For, be it joy or sorrow,
The path of its departure still is free:
Man's yesterday may ne'er be like his morrow;
Nought may endure but mutability!
Excuse me while I prematurely mourn the end of summer and the baseball season. Ahem. Thank you.
Well, the Mariners did not do as I asked and win every series in August. They won a few, though. Just enough to not be completely deep-sixed by a 5-7 East Coast road trip. Losing four straight to the Angels at home during EDGAR WEEKEND sure was not what anyone had in mind. Paxton going down in the first game of that series and then Diaz blowing it later kind of set the tone for that set of games.
September is almost exclusively games against the AL West. Besides having to suffer the Astros, this could be good? Maybe a chance to get some revenge on the Angels?
Yeah, so beat Oakland, survive the Houston series, DESTROY THE ANGELS and wheee back on the road to Texas. Hopefully the flooding will have receded by then? Who knows? Then come back and beat Texas some more, kill Cleveland dead, and then sure why not end the god damn season on the road? RIP to one of the worst season schedules I can remember for the Mariners. Please cut them some slack next season, MLB schedulers.
Oh to have known what this team could have been like with maybe half the injuries. A full season of James Paxton, lefty ace. A full season of Mitch Haniger tearing the cover off the ball. No missing speed or quickness from Jean Segura. Felix being just decent would have been lovely. But, no. Every pitcher fell apart and most starters battled at least one if not multiple injuries.
What could have been?