Jon Wells

Jon Wells is the publisher and editor of The Grand Salami, the independent Mariners monthly magazine sold outside Safeco Field on game days, and his new book is called Shipwrecked: A Peoples' History of the Seattle Mariners (Epicenter, $15.95). As per the subtitle's reference to Howard Zinn, the book offers a contrarian take on why the M's are one of only two MLB teams to never play in a World Series. Explaining in detail why the team has sucked so bad for so long—or, optimistically, why they weren't able to sustain the successes of 1995 and 2001—might sound like an exercise in masochism, but Wells does an admirable job of rehashing the futility without getting too bitter. In Wells' estimation, the trouble with the Mariners is that the management—namely team president Chuck Armstrong and CEO Howard Lincoln—is too risk-averse and stingy to spend the extra $10-20 million in salaries necessary to keep the M's competitive with the Yankees, Red Sox, Angels, and other high rollers. Over a recent beer at F.X. McRory's, Wells characterized management's position as, "'Now we've got our stadium, screw you.'" He concludes, "Their priorities are making profits, not putting a good team on the field." (Also: 7 p.m. Tues., May 15 at Elliott Bay.) KEEGAN HAMILTON

Thu., May 10, 7 p.m., 2012

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