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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

December 2, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Time for Mariners to lend Seahawks a hand

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You might have seen the story yesterday about New York Jets coach Rex Ryan reaching out to the Yankees for help in teaching rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez (above) how to slide properly. Sanchez had injured his left knee in a game against Carolina. No less than manager Joe Girardi showed up at Jets practice yesterday to give Sanchez a sliding seminar.

It seems to me that with the Seahawks struggling through a dismal 4-7 season, the least the Mariners can do is reach out similarly to their professional brethren. In light of Girardi’s gesture, here are some suggestions:

  • Don Wakamatsu can give the pre-game speech before Sunday’s game with the 49ers, extolling the virtues of a strong belief system.

  • Ken Griffey Jr. can help ease the tension between quarterback and star receiver by instructing Matt Hasselbeck in the proper method of tickling T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

  • Who better than Franklin Gutierrez to give the Seahawk defensive backs a tutorial on getting a good jump on the ball?

  • GM Jack Zduriencik can counsel his embattled counterpart, Tim Ruskell, on the art of finding untapped talent.

  • No one prepares for a game like Ichiro, who can give tips on how to get their mind, body and equipment ready for battle. Ichiro can also teach Seahawk players zinger quotes like this one, which Ichiro said in 2007 when asked about facing Dice-K for the first time in MLB: “I hope he arouses the fire that’s dormant in the innermost recesses of my soul. I plan to face him with the zeal of a challenger.”

  • Erik Bedard can give some pointers on media relations.

  • The Seahawks think they’re big, tough football players? I’d say it’s high time that Adrian Beltre talks to them about playing their next game without a cup.

    Photo by McClatchy Newspapers

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