But anonymity has a positive side. "If you play bad," Reynolds says, "who will know?"
A sadder and a wiser man
He rose the morrow morn.
After the Mariners lost to the Red Sox on Saturday, picking up only three hits against Clemens, they milled around the visitors' clubhouse, glum and subdued and looking slightly embarrassed.
"Losing is easy," said Phelps, who at 33 is the oldest member of the team. "Winning is tough. You get used to losing. I guess you never get used to it completely, but you learn to accept defeat because you've never tasted winning. It frustrates me all the time."
"I don't know if 'frustrate' is a strong enough word," said first baseman Alvin Davis, a team leader who was batting .347 and had 27 RBIs through Sunday. "The atmosphere around here has gone from optimism to panic. I have a definite feeling of urgency."
Davis, who is now in his fifth year as a Mariner, anticipates wholesale changes. "We've cleaned house before," he said with a weary fatalism. "It was a mistake then, and it would be a mistake now. We're only a couple of players away from being a contender." Unfortunately those two players are Christy Mathewson and Babe Ruth.
Only Wilson seemed even faintly cheery about the future. "We'll get this Mariner machine going," he said hopefully. "Maybe all those big guys on Oakland will get in a barroom brawl and beat each other up."
He chuckled softly to himself and stared into his locker.
Alone, alone, all, all alone,
Alone on a wide, wide sea!