Mariners fans are few, but hopeful, in enemy territory Peaceful coexistence in Annapolis coffee shop

October 05, 1997|By Paul Briggs | Paul Briggs,CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE

ANNAPOLIS -- You'd think that looking for die-hard Seattle Mariners fans in Maryland's capital in the middle of the playoffs, especially with the Mariners trailing the Orioles 2 games to none, would be a little like trying to order a cup of Jamaican Blue Mountain at the Camden Yards concession stands. But that's what a camera crew from Seattle was doing Friday morning.

"We thought we'd just come out to see how they're surviving in enemy territory," said Meeghan Black, a reporter with CBS affiliate KIRO-TV.

It was hard to tell whether the place they chose, the Seattle Coffee Company on Maryland Avenue, qualified as "enemy territory."

On the one hand, the walls and windows are festooned with Mariners pennants and signs saying "Raise the Roof." On the other hand, the presence of the camera crew was advertised by a notice saying, "Come and let the news crew know what you think of their Mariners and your Orioles!"

Most of the people the crew found there were Orioles fans. Even the young woman steaming the milk for cappuccino, Tara Tyler, wore an Orioles T-shirt.

Among the few rooting for the Mariners were Bill Bishop, 51, and his son, Craig, 25, who were in the area for the weekend to attend the Promise Keepers rally in Washington yesterday and, they hoped, Game 4 today.

Holding up a copy of The Sun, Bishop read the headline aloud: "O's Reign in Seattle." Then he added, "But we've still got a chance."

Squeezed between larger storefronts like the smallest player in a team photo, the Seattle Coffee Company is one of those places where the concept of coffee is explored in great detail. The shop offers a wide variety of beans, grouped according to region of origin. In addition to flavors such as hazelnut and French vanilla, which can usually be found in the local convenience store, it sells Viennese Cinnamon, Chocolate Raspberry and Rainforest Crunch.

Maryland native Steve Duffy, the proprietor, grew up in Seattle and moved back to Maryland five years ago. A friend of his who coaches baseball in Seattle heard about KIRO's plans to send a crew to the area and suggested Duffy's establishment.

The crew filmed Adam Jackson, 24, of Severna Park laughing as he stood next to a bulletin board covered with newspaper clippings that show the Mariners in a good light.

"We've been dead before," said Black, the reporter from the Pacific Northwest. "We were 2-0 against New York and we came back and won the series."

"That was New York," said Jackson. "This is Baltimore."

Pub Date: 10/05/97

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