By the way, we will be doing Geoff Baker Live! tonight at 6 p.m. Pacific time. I had a previous commitment, but it’s now out of the way. We can talk hockey and whatever else you want.
The outdoor workouts were shortened once again today and as usual, the sun has come out just as players pack up to go home. Above, you can see a shot of Chad Cordero launching a pitch during a bullpen session in the pouring rain. The mounds are covered as are the plate areas but everything else is outdoors and exposed.
Cordero drew some praise once again from manager Don Wakamatsu after the bullpen. Wakamatsu said Cordero is throwing free and easy and appears to have rediscovered his arm slot, meaning he could pan out somewhere down the road.
Position players are arriving one after the other. Mike Sweeney rolled in not too long ago, as did Casey Kotchman. We told you earlier about Milton Bradley and what he said about wanting to have fun in Seattle. When Ken Griffey Jr. had those words relayed to him, he replied: “Oh, he will have fun. There’s no other choice but to have fun.”
Later, he added: “We’re a strange group. We are, because we’ve got a bunch of everything.”
Griffey nodded when told of all the nice things Bradley said about getting to play with him.
“It’s a mutual respect,” he said. “I respect what they do and they respect what I have done over the years. If I see something, if he’s struggling a little bit, I’ll see somehing and say something to him. He knows it’s not for me, it’s for him. I’ll never be that guy who’s going to yell and scream at people. If I talk to you, it’s going to be one-on-one.”
For now, he added, the important thing is just to integrate Bradley into the group, get to know him and open the lines of communication. Griffey says he’s met Bradley over the years at baseball-related events and playing against him.
They had tried to hook up recently when Griffey was in Los Angeles recently. Griffey was busy running around with his kids and didn’t have time to get together in the end. But he’d phoned Bradley in December, knowing that they had crossed paths before, to make him feel welcome.
Asked how the team could help Bradley get past last year, he said it was simple.
“Last year is last year,” he said. “Last year is last year and this year we worry about what we have to do as a team here. Not about what happened someplace else.”
As Griffey was speaking, a cellphone went off in the vicinity of Chone Figgins’ locker. The Beyonce song “Single Ladies” began to play.
“Dude,” Griffey said, bursting into giggles. “That ain’t your ringtone is it?”
Figgins looked back grinning and said something inaudible.
Right after, we had to run in to meet with Wakamatsu, so we never quite got to the bottom of it. Sorry.
Anyhow, I haven’t seen Ichiro yet. He is supposed to have a physical at 2 p.m. Pacific time. Cliff Lee did do some agility work indoors today in lieu of the pitchers’ fielding practice that could not get done because of the weather.
The Mariners are hoping the weather clears out in time for tomorrow’s first full-squad workout.