Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 22
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 / 26 Days ‘til Opening Night (April 1 at Oakland) / 33 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Houston)
I Recognize Those Guys
Ken Griffey Jr. and Jay Buhner were both in camp today. The first item on their agenda was a meeting with all of the players in minor league camp (see Tweet of the Day, below).
Must See TV
The Team Italy exhibition game vs. the Angels was playing in the Mariners clubhouse, giving the team a chance to see Alex Liddi go 2-for-3 with a double, a homer and 3 RBI.
It Is, After All, Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated staff photographer Robert Beck was in camp today doing a photo shoot with Jeremy Bonderman for an upcoming issue. Jeremy spent about 20 minutes doing the photo shoot, and was kind enough to do it between the workout and game time, taking a lot of pressure off of everyone’s schedule.
“Hello” Says Kameron Loe, In A Couple of Languages
Right-handed pitcher Kameron Loe pitched for the Softbank Hawks in Japan in 2009 and apparently, picked up some Japanese while he was there. He was exchanging pleasantries with Masa Takahura, one of the Mariners assistant athletic trainers, in Japanese this morning.
Garland Goes Pretty Low:
Starting pitcher Jon Garland spent his off day Tuesday playing golf at Blackstone Country Club with Major League performance coach James Clifford. We’ve been told Jon is a pretty good golfer, but we didn’t know he was REALLY good as he shot a 3-under-par 69. Jon said he couldn’t really count it though, as he played from the blue tees as opposed to the black tee boxes. The black tees are the “tips” of the course, the longest way to play it.
Not Many Baseballs Needed:
Robby Thompson may have had the quote of the morning when infield drills concluded this morning. He reached into his back pockets and said, “hey, I’ve got a lot of baseballs left here.” That was indicative of the crisp infield drill that just concluded where hardly an error was made, and drew praise from manager Eric Wedge.
Bay Popular in Canada:
Jason Bay conducted a few interviews following today’s game with the Canadian media. TSN is in town for the World Baseball Classic and caught up with Jason for a bit. He then hopped on the phone to talk with Vancouver sports radio station (and Mariners radio affiliate) Team 1040 AM. Jason is a native of Trail, British Columbia.
All Good Things Must End
The Mariners dropped a 7-6 decision to the Milwaukee Brewers, ending their 10-game winning streak. Seattle fell behind 3-0 early as starter Blake Beavan allowed 3 earned runs in 3.0 innings pitched. Seattle stormed back with six unanswered runs, keyed by a solo HR from Michael Morse (#2) and a two-run blast to center by Kendrys Morales (#2). Josh Kinney was touched up for three runs in 2/3 of an inning pitched in the seventh, allowing Milwaukee to tie the score, and Charlie Furbush (0-1) allowed a solo home run in 1.1 innings for the loss.
You Never Know Who’ll You See in Camp
Keith Olberman stopped by camp today. He watched some of the workout, chatted with Dave Sims, whom he knows from New York and watched the game from the press box. Olberman also sat in with the Mariners broadcast crew for an inning during the game.
The tape delayed broadcast of today’s game will play on ESPN 710 at 9 pm (PT), instead of at 7 due to Washington State basketball…tomorrow, Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith and producer/engineer Kevin Cremin will travel up Bell Road to Surprise to broadcast the Mariners at Royals game on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners radio network. The game, which will be delayed to 7 pm on 710 ESPN but can be heard live for free on Mariners.com (login credentials required), will be Felix Hernandez’s first start of the spring. Seattle was originally scheduled to carry the game from Phoenix vs. the A’s, but has switched to the Royals game.
Just A Bit Outside
Brewers announcer Bob Uecker was in Peoria today calling the game for Milwaukee. He made sure to spend a few minutes visiting with Mariners Special Assistant to the GM Pete Vuckovich. Vuck pitched in Milwaukee from 1981-86, including winning the Cy Young Award in 1982. After his pitching career concluded, he worked as an analyst on Brewers TV from 1989-91. Uecker did an inning on the Mariners broadcast, including this comment on Michael Morse’s homer: “I couldn’t take a ball that far if I was in my car.”
73 degrees at first pitch. Just a perfect Arizona spring day. Weather reports look very dicey for the weekend, however.
Tweet of the Day:
On Tap Tomorrow (Thursday, March 7):
The Mariners will split up tomorrow, playing a pair of games. One half of the squad will travel West to Surprise to take on the Kansas City Royals with Felix Hernandez scheduled to make the start (1:05 MT/12:05 PT on 710 ESPN Seattle). The other half of the split squad will head East to Phoenix Municipal Stadium to take on the Oakland A’s, with right-hander Brandon Maurer scheduled to get the start.