BY Adam Lewis 12:25PM 03/04/2015

Roundup: Debunking Vedder Cup; Mariners win

The Mariners-Padres “rivalry” was an idiotic idea from former MLB commissioner Bud Selig. But this season, the matchup actually has intrigue.

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder spent part of his childhood in San Diego before moving to Seattle. / Wikicommons

For the record, Eddie Vedder is a Chicago Cubs fan.

Thus, it did not make one iota of sense when the Mariners-Padres interleague season series was dubbed “The Vedder Cup” by a Padres blogger a few years back. Granted, Vedder, the frontman for Seattle-based rock group Pearl Jam, has lived in San Diego and Seattle. 

Yes, Vedder is a West Seattleite. Sure, you might occasionally see him taking in a Mariners game during the summer. But you’re more likely to see him singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th-inning stretch at Wrigley Field.

Of course, the “Vedder Cup” moniker is basically a joke.

But it’s finally getting some big-time publicity. Seattle Times’ writer Larry Stone offered a comprehensive breakdown of the series in his latest column.

It details the Mariners-Padres rivalry, which began when former commissioner Bud Selig, in his infinite wisdom, described Seattle and San Diego as geographic rivals when he instituted interleague play in 1997. No matter that the cities are separated by 1,254.4 miles. 

The clubs do, however, share the Peoria Sports Complex, where they began Cactus League play Wednesday in the 22nd annual charity game. Patrick Kivlehan singled home Tyler Marlette in the 10th inning for a 4-3 triumph.

Mariners RHP Taijuan Walker started and went two innings in his effort to beat out LHP Roenis Elias for the fifth spot in the M’s rotation. He gave up one hit and struck out two.

Manager Lloyd McClendon trotted out a lineup absent any Mariners regulars, minus SS Chris Taylor, who is competing for the starting job with Brad Miller. Jesus Montero went 2-for-2, and D.J. Peterson hit a solo home run. (Box score)

By the way, “The Vedder Cup” actually has some intrigue this year because the Mariners and Padres have legitimate playoff aspirations. Seattle finished 2014 one game behind the Oakland Athletics for the second American League wild card spot. Over the offseason, the club added reigning MLB home run champion Nelson Cruz as DH, utility man Rickie Weeks, OF Justin Ruggiano, OF Seth Smith and LHP J.A. Happ.

The Padres orchestrated a series of epic moves, bringing in Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Wil Myers, plus All-Star catcher Derek Norris, via trades. They also signed pitchers James Shields, Brandon Morrow, Josh Johnson and acquired Mariners reliever Brandon Maurer in exchange for shipping Smith to the Emerald City.



  • jafabian

    The only way to spice up this “rivalry” is for a brawl to happen. Or for Crabtree to join them.

    • Art Thiel

      C’mon. This is Yankees-Red Sox West.

      • jafabian

        The 2014 Yankees-Red Sox maybe. Think the Yankees will trade ARod to the Padres????

  • Da Kid

    No. Stop. There’s no such thing. It’s all concocted B.S.. Why would any local sportswriter with an ounce of keyboard pressure lend credence to a “rivalry” fantasized by a poop-fertilized hallucination of Bud Selig’s? It’s got even less to do with Vedder, who’s a casual interloper at best.

    Stab it with your steely knives and kill the beast, once and for all!

    • Art Thiel

      Thank you, Don Henley. Glad you are no longer insisting that we in the media kick them when they’re up, and kick them when they’re down.

      • RadioGuy

        We all know that Crap is King anyway.

  • RadioGuy

    A “World Series preview?” Maybe a “battle between potential playoff contenders” would be a little more plausible.
    Seattle-San Diego has never been a real rivalry in any sport, but the Mariners and Padres are redheaded stepchildren in interleague matchups so abracadabra…it’s a rivalry.
    As for renaming the Vedder Cup (another misfire of logic, but at least nobody was taking it seriously), I’m trying to think of at least some baseball PERSON who had strong ties to both cities but drawing a blank. We’re in the same time zone and country, but that’s about it.