Seattle Mariners center fielder Julio Rodriguez (44) eats cotton candy while walking around the warning track following a 1-0 victory against the Texas Rangers at T-Mobile Park. Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs were crowned Super Bowl champions on Sunday and Patrick Mahomes earned his third Super Bowl MVP Award.

After the win, he appeared to inspire a star in his own right: Julio Rodríguez.

The Seattle Mariners centerfielder was in attendance in Las Vegas and took a snapshot of the scene after the victory.

“I want to know what that feels like,” he posted on X. Followed by the hashtag: #starving.

The two-time All-Star and former Rookie of the Year was very social on X before and during the game with fans reacting saying it won’t be long until he’s at the World Series. As soon as this season, even.

All he needs to do is build off of his 2023 campaign. Last season he slashed .275/.333/.485 with 32 home runs and 103 RBI.

Rodríguez is entering the second year of his massive, 12-year, $209.3 million contract extension. That means, there is plenty of time for him to get to the end and hold up the trophy.

For the upcoming season, the Mariners roster certainly improved. Bringing a higher chance of being successful in the end.

The addition of Mitch Garver alone is a plus. An under-the-radar guy who helped the Texas Rangers win the World Series in 2023. The front office had a difficult time defining just how important he was to the team’s success in the end. He’s a tough out for left-handed pitchers and his strong bat-to-ball skills help with his ability to hit with runners on base.

He was picked up by the Mariners as a free agent and was easily the top offensive player on the market.

The team also acquired Luke Raley in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays this offseason. Infielder Jorge Polanco was also traded to the Mariners by the Minnesota Twins who should be the answer to the team’s second-base issues. He was one of the top middle infielders in the trade market.

All in all, the Mariners have a lot to work with during the upcoming season with Rodríguez looking to continue his success.

[Julio Rodriguez]

About Jessica Kleinschmidt

Jess is a baseball fan with Reno, Nev. roots residing in the Bay Area. She is the host of "Short and to the Point" and is also a broadcaster with the Oakland A's Radio Network. She previously worked for and NBC Sports Bay Area.