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Were you at the game last night? On TV, they showed a guy wearing the Hawaiian shirt and his son had the floppy hat.

That was me and my oldest. Wife and youngest were behind us. Scored 6 balls last night too.

Everybody, including Mariner fans, loved the shirt.

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People are starting to realize what many fans knew a month ago, this isn't our year. Horrible offseason. They should have thought about the future at the first deadline . Imagine what Davis might still get you....

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