Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 45
Friday, March 29, 2013 / 2 Days ‘til Opening Night (April 1 at Oakland) / 9 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Houston)
Pack It Up:
There was no workout or game in Peoria today, but still plenty of action. With the Mariners clubhouse staff (Ryan Stiles, Ted Walsh, Billy Sepich, Pete Fortune, Jeff Bopp and Chris DeWitt) doing the heavy lifting (literally) the Mariners equipment, luggage, medical supplies, and all other manner of stuff was packed into one of three trucks. There was equipment and luggage bound for Safeco Field, equipment headed to Salt Lake City (and eventually Oakland and Chicago) and luggage headed for the plane to Salt Lake City. While most of the team and staff did not need to arrive in Peoria until around noon, the clubhouse staff was hard at it early in the AM.
Oh Yeah, and Make Sure You Pack Everything Else, Too:
In addition to the normal end of Spring Training packing there was a lot of other action, as well. A full remodel will begin on the Mariners Peoria facility next week, so all of the team and office equipment, furniture and supplies that would normally remain in Arizona had to boxed and labeled for storage, as well. Movers will arrive tomorrow to begin emptying the offices. The Mariners extended spring group, rehabilitating players and, eventually, the Arizona Summer League team will move into the (very small) Peoria Stadium Clubhouse for the next 10 months. The weight room will be in a tent, and offices will be set up in the Stadium broadcast booths.
Getting’ On a Jet Plane:
Friday marked the first true road trip of the season, as the Eric Wedge, the coaching staff, players, trainers, broadcasters and other front office staff loaded a pair of buses and headed for the airport. This Phoenix/Salt Lake City/Oakland/Chicago trip is the first of 12 road trips the team will take this season. The club will fly right around 50,000 miles while visiting the other 14 American League cities, as well as four National League sites.
Hello Salt Lake City:
It was a beautiful afternoon to fly into Salt Lake City; clear and warm. The team had a postcard view of the amazing mountains surrounding the city. The Mariners AAA affiliate was in SLC from 1982-84 and, separately, Mariners coach Mike Brumley was manager here from 2002-2004. Having said that, for a large portion of the travelling party, this is their first trip into Salt Lake.
Meanwhile, Back in Seattle:
A reminder that fans are invited to check out all the changes in Safeco Field, including Edgar’s Cantina, the expanded bullpen market and the unbelievable new scoreboard, at the free Open House on Monday, April 1. Doors open at 6 pm, and the Mariners first game of the season versus the A’s will be on the new board at 7 pm. Opening Night at home, always one of the great sporting events on the Seattle calendar, is April 8. Good seats are still available for every game in the first homestand, including Opening Night. Tickets are available with no service charge at Safeco Field and Seattle Mariners team stores. Or, grab them on-line at www.mariners.com.
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On Tap Tomorrow (Saturday, March 30):
The Mariners play their final exhibition game of the 2013 Spring Training season, taking on the Colorado Rockies in Salt Lake City. First pitch at 12:05 pm (PT). The game will be broadcast on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners radio network and televised by ROOT Sports..