Mariners Education Day

The entire Seattle Mariners team went to school on Thursday to help students achieve their dreams.

Groups of players visited four Seattle area elementary schools and presented the Mariners Moose D.R.E.A.M. Team assemblies.

Students at Thorndyke Elementary in Tukwila may have set a record for loudest cheers when Felix Hernandez, Nelson Cruz, J.A. Happ, Logan Morrison, Mark Lowe and Austin Jackson walked in.

The program started with pitcher Mark Lowe talking about how important it is to stay drug-free. Lowe told the kids that he had to stop being friends with some people because they got involved with drugs. “I had a dream to play baseball, and I would not be here today if I had gotten involved with drugs,” Lowe said.

J.A Happ advised the students to respect their teachers, coaches, friends and families, and most of all, themselves by exercising, eating nutritious foods and being the best that they can be.

Of all the letters of the word D.R.E.A.M., Outfielder/DH Nelson Cruz told the kids that of the most important one may be “E” for education. He urged kids to stay in school, listen to their teachers and do their homework because a good education would help them to become the person they want to be.

Austin Jackson was up next with the letter “A”, for attitude. Jackson told the kids that there are a lot of things in life they cannot control, but one thing they can control is their own attitude. When you have a positive attitude, he said, it makes everything you do better.

Logan Morrison rounded out the program with the letter “M” for motivation. He told them that motivation is the way for them to meet the goals they set for themselves. And if the goal seems too hard to reach, Morrison gave the kids some advice about breaking a long-term goal into attainable short-term goals. For example, Morrison said his long-term goal is to hit .300, so he has broken it down into short-term goals. Right now, he’s batting .245, next he wants to hit .250, then .255, until he gets to his goal of .300.

Felix Hernandez then issued a challenge to all the students to read two books every week during the summer. He then gave the school library two copies of the book “The Rise of King Felix,” an illustrated book about Felix’s journey from his childhood in Venezuela to become one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball.

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