This is why.

I'm generally not a superstitious person, but I'm very sports-superstitious. I was as a player, I am as a fan.

Given what's at stake tonight, I'm not messing around.

This photo gets blown up into wallpaper today.

Tonight we experience something we've never experienced.

Tonight is what Steps One through Five were all about, starting with the trade of Mark Teixeira and the patience and untelevised grinding that followed. And why those 100 folks in untucked short sleeves and slacks lined up behind home plate before player introductions on Saturday are so important, even if the names and faces aren't as recognizable as the last player on the roster.

Tonight is the reason it was the right decision to draft Justin Smoak instead of Ethan Martin.

Tonight is the reason it will always be OK that Justin Smoak is now a Seattle Mariner, maybe for life.

Tonight is the reason we all invest the way we do.

Trust in Cliff.


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