By Don Rogers
Reader Don Rogers of Camano Island recently wrote a poem thanking Mariners manager Eric Wedge, who is sidelined after suffering a minor stroke.
We forgot to thank you for all that you do.
You’re a juggler, a boss, and a therapist too.
You nurture and feed them and give them your all.
Their confidence builds and you hand them the ball.
You feel their pain, you share in their glory.
You’re part of the amazing major-league story.
The fans may be fickle, and critical, too,
but it’s not personal, they don’t dislike you.
It’s just baseball, that most wonderful game,
and when we lose we find someone to blame.
Now they are winning, the young ones play great,
The “old hands” are helping as they go to the plate.
So now you can see what your efforts have brought,
it’s starting to meld as all of you thought.
So smile, Eric Wedge, as you lie in that bed,
and think of the wins and the pennant ahead.
It won’t be this year, but it might be next season,
and remember this: You’re a big part of the reason.
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