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It was a busy day for several Mariners players prior to tonight’s game vs. the Yankees. Four players (Tom Wilhelmsen, Charlie Furbush, Lucas Luetge, Brandon Maurer) took over the MLB Fan Cave, and Michael Morse and Raul Ibanez were guests at the MLB.com headquarters to participate in the Edward Jones Chatting Cage.
We’ll post some video and more photos of the two visits later, but here a few quick pics of the guys from this morning.
Three of the Mariners young pitchers spent the noon hour Friday with members of the Seattle Mariners RBI Club, a group of season ticket holders and boosters. Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge and Carter Capps covered a wide range of topics during the Q&A, everything from their impressions of Felix’s perfect game from their perspective in the bullpen, the best baseball advice they ever got to their plans for the off-season. Here are some highlights from the laugh-filled session.
Stephen Pryor on his Major League debut against the White Sox on June 2, with two on and two out and Paul Konerko, owner of over 400 home runs, at the plate:
“I ended up striking him out on five pitches. Came back to the dugout and I think I held my breath the entire time.”
Carter Capps on pitching at AA Jackson with Danny Hultzen, Taijuan Walker and James Paxton
“That was one of the most talented starting pitching staffs I’ve ever seen. Taijuan, he’s so young and really skilled and athletic. Danny, obviously he had a great college year and just continued into AA and got moved up. Paxton actually struck out 10 his last AA outing in the playoffs. They’re all amazing pitchers and I’m sure we’ll see them before long.”
Lucas Luetge on meeting his boyhood baseball hero Ken Griffey Jr.
“Growing up I was a Griffey fan. I actually got to meet him this year. I was like a kid in a candy shop. I was shaking and nervous and sweating. It was cool, we talked about 20-30 minutes. It was kind of like meeting your idol. It was pretty awesome.”
Pryor on the best advice he ever got, which was from his AA Jackson pitching coach Lance Painter.
“Don’t get complacent. Never be satisfied. Always want more. And that’s something that’s really stuck in my head and it’s been something that I feel has taken me to the next level with the mental part of the game.”
When someone from the audience referenced all three as “hard throwers,” Luetge shook his head “no.” And when asked about the pitch he’d like to add to his repertoire, his answer was:
“I’m still waiting on that day where I wake up and there’s 97 (mph) in the arm.”
On their view from the bullpen of Felix’s perfect game:
Pryor: “In the 6th or 7th inning, when he struck out the side again for the second time, I got a feeling ‘He’s going to do this.’ Everybody in the bullpen, their hands were shaking and jittery, we were standing up, sitting down, we couldn’t get comfortable.”
Luetge: “Once it gets to the 6th or 7th, there’s a kind of realization that this could happen. We were in there clapping at every strike like Little Leaguers. And we had to tell this one (motioning to Capps) to be quiet because he was trying to jinx it. He kept saying ‘Wow, Felix is pitching really good on day games.’ We had to keep him quiet the last 2-3 innings.”
Capps: “I was thinking Felix should throw all the day games, he likes them so much. Obviously, he was just cruising for the longest time. It was unbelievable. In perfect games in the past there’s always a few plays that are borderline or someone makes a diving outstanding catch. But he was just overpowering guys and it was pretty special to watch.”
Offseason plans for Pryor include spending time with his wife and two daughters. Capps plans to do some hunting and fishing. And Luetge, he’s got big plans:
“The first week when we get back is the county fair. Jaso’s going to stop by, so I’m going to take him and show him around.”
Friday is the annual Mariners Wives Favorite Things basket auction. They load up baskets (really, any kind of container) with various items of their husbands’ choosing and then auction them off to benefit Mariners Care, the team’s non-profit foundation.
Among the categories of items are candy, movies, music, restaurants and hobbies. The baskets are usually loaded up with autographed and sometimes game-used items. New this year, a couple of small kitchen appliances.
Here are some highlights:
The other small appliance is a Keurig single-cup coffeemaker in Eric Wedge’s basket. He uses his every day and has gone through three of them, that’s how much he likes it. He’s also a fan of the HBO original series with the complete first season of The Sopranos and the second season of Entourage.
Shawn Kelley filled his basket with autographed Mizuno spikes (they look too clean to be game-used), size 13. His DVDs are Step Brothers, Braveheart, and the first season of Boardwalk Empire. He also included an electronic Scrabble Catch Phrase game.
Kyle Seager is a fan of the original Caddyshack (and really, who isn’t?), as well as Panera Bread and P.F. Chang’s restaurant. You’ll also get an autographed copy of the July 2012 Mariners Magazine featuring cover boy Kyle Seager.
Relief pitcher Josh Kinney is clearly a big hunter. His basket has a camo cap and pack, mule deer call, a selection of human scent eliminator sprays, a shotgun shell-shaped thermos. Oh, and a bottle of Tefft Cellars merlot.
Michael Saunders is a crossword puzzle guy, so he included a book of 200 puzzles. His basket also includes a Barnes & Noble and AMC Theatres gift cards. And true to his Canadian roots, a Vancouver Canucks scarf. Go Canucks!
The Favorite Things baskets will be on display near Section 128 on the Main Concourse at Safeco Field on Friday, August 17. Silent bids will be accepted through the end of the sixth inning.
Pitcher Lucas Luetge joined players from the Seattle Storm and former players for the Seahawks and Sounders yesterday to spruce up the Joan Allen Memorial Garden at Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth High School.
The players, students and community volunteers helped build raised planting beds from recovered cedar, planted fall crop seedlings, weeded existing planting areas and fixed up the garden tool shed.
New Seattle Schools Superintendent Jose Banda was also on hand. Banda arrived recently from the Bay Area, and he admitted to being an Oakland A’s fan, but said he went to his first Mariners game at Safeco Field recently and loved the ballpark.
The work party was organized to help build momentum for the Green Apple Day of Service on September 29, a world-wide initiative to engage students, teachers, parents, business leaders, elected officials and others in activities at their local schools.
Partners who helped make today’s event possible included the U.S. Green Building Council, Washington Green Schools, Skanska, Cedar Grove composting, Vulcan, McKinstry, Howard S. Wright, and Green Sports Coalition.