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April 6, 2007 at 10:59 AM

Not looking good

It’s going to have to stop snowing rather quickly if they’re going to play this thing today. The trouble with calling the game off is that the weather might not be any better tomorrow and then, you’ve got a real backlog.
The snow coming down right now is the sticky kind you make snowballs with. The flakes are thick and make it difficult for the hitters to see the ball.
“Just swing at the biggest one,” was Raul Ibanez’s suggestion.
Jose Guillen has a full-face ski mask on — the kind favored by bank robbers — and is out throwing a football around on the field. Guillen had a little trouble getting up the dugout steps in his spikes, as some icy snow caused him to skid as if on skates. That’s a big problem trying to play this game right now. The field at this stadium is actually heated, which means all the snow packing on to it now could eventually melt and form a skating-rink type of surface.
The snow is so thick on the grass that the Mariners’ bullpen corps is actually writing letters in it out in right field. So far, they’ve spelled “WIN”. Or, maybe it’s “NIM” depending on which direction you’re looking at it from. I figure it’s “WIN”.
The team’s Latin American contingent is having a real hoot. They were all out throwing snowballs at each other not too long ago. But believe me, no one wants to play. The look on the face of Jeff Weaver, tomorrow night’s scheduled starter, as he walked out on the field was not one of excitement or aniticipation.
Horacio Ramirez, due to go this afternoon, seemed to be taking things a little better. He was actually scooping snow up barehanded. Perhaps he’s trying to get used to the numbness he’s going to feel if they actually play. Or, maybe he didn’t get to throw snowballs back in Ingelwood, Calif. when he was growing up. That’s it for now. I’m a baseball writer, not a weatherman.
NOTE TO “EVERETT FAN”
Hey, I haven’t even been with the team since Tuesday. Ran into Batista today in a clubhouse corridor and he told me he’s got a bone bruise right now. Wouldn’t blame his performance on it, though. I’ve seen him pitch some games like that before without his being hit by a line drive so I’m inclined to agree.

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