Sure, you may have already checked out on the Mariners for the season. Despite a start to the 2012 campaign that actually included a wee bit of offense (you know, like, hits and stuff), it's already readily apparent that the Mariners will not be winning the World Series this year. But that's not because Kyle Seager isn't giving it his fucking all.
Plus, Seager making a name for himself means schmucks like me can make jokes about "Kyle Seager and the Silver Bullet Band" now ... which is awesome. The Seattle Weekly office never tires of my references to Kyle Seager's "Night Moves."
But back to the point at hand. While it's very early, Seager has been impressive so far this year, and one guy that's not surprised is Tacoma Rainiers announcer Mike Curto, who got a brief chance to cover Seager last year during the third basemen's time in T-Town. While Seager was only in Tacoma for a total of 24 games, his hard work, no-nonsense approach, and surprisingly small stature (think Tom Cruise in-person small) left an impression on the Triple-A play-by-play man.
MiLB.com Mike Curto
"It was kind of a whirlwind when he was here, because he could literally do no wrong in the PCL," says Curto. "He was getting two or three hits every single day."
"He's just a baseball rat. He's one of those guys that works really hard, and has been playing the game and working at the game his whole life, a lot like Ackley in that regard," says Curto, noting that Ackley and Seager - former college teammates - have been playing with or against each other since childhood. "Not only is he talented, but he also has the work ethic. You could really tell right away. He does all the little things that the coaches and managers appreciate."
See what Tacoma bar Curto compares Seager to on the next page
That's all well and good, but I wasn't going to let Curto off the hook that easy. Sure, there are plenty of baseball-related superlatives worth tossing Seager's way, but real fans want the inside dirt ... like, for instance, what Tacoma bar Seager best compares to.
"He works hard. Kind of old school. Deceptive strength. Maybe something like Harbor Lights," offers Curto, comparing Seager to the moderately iconic Ruston Way watering hole. "I never go there, but it's been there a long time and they're obviously doing something right. They're known for their strong drinks, and you wouldn't necessarily think that.
"And he's appealing to older people, like coaches and managers."
Kyle Seager: like a bar in Tacoma really old people like.
Now you know.
Though it has absolutely nothing to do with his time in Tacoma, here's a pretty awesome video clip of Seager being interviewed by some guy named "Sea Bass" from Tennessee's WNWS 101.5 FM while he was part of the Double-A Jackson Generals
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