Anyway, The Kaiser is my favorite current Mariner*, owing to a wonderful narrative, great 2012 performance, and a perfect inability to disappoint. If the guy suddenly loses his command and just throws god-knows-where at 95, it's a miracle he ever made it to the majors and a sad that he didn't succeed more, but I don't feel invested in his success. If Dustin Ackley flops, I see the opportunity cost of drafting him (for example, Mike Trout, at twenty-five.) Opportunity costs associated with Wilhelmsen were basically zero and always will be.
Here's what I have to add about Tom Wilhelmsen. Being in Tucson in 2009 meant being in the right place and time for a few things: