That’s Ken Griffey Jr. and Ichiro coming at you in full color in the photo above. It’s a beautiful, sunny day here in Peoria despite some wind and temperatures in the 50s. The Mariners will get today’s first full-squad workout in without any problems it would seem.
Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu and general manager Jack Zduriencik both addressed the team prior to it taking the field. Zduriencik went first, followed by Wakamatsu.
“Jack gets up and speaks and then, when he gets done, I tell the club ‘The first rule as a manager is never let an ex-football coach speak before you because he had them entertained there’,” Wakamatsu said. “He did a great job.”
Zduriencik, of course, had a memorable clubhouse speech a year ago about how teams need both character and talent to succeed in this game.
Wakamatsu met one-on-one with Milton Bradley for the first time yesterday and talked a bit about their discussion in the beginning of the video below.
Wakamatsu said the big thing today is just to get everyone acclimated and back together as a group.
On the medical front, Doug Fister had “a bit of stiffness in his arm” yesterday and skipped a bullpen session. But Wakamatsu said he will throw today and seems to be OK.
We’ll see those 300-yard shuttle runs later. Should be a hoot for some guys.
The two guys above look like they wandered in out of Seahawks camp. I hear they need a left tackle or two.
That’s Tommy Everidge on the left and Brad Nelson on the right. Their shuttle run ought to be worth a gander. Eliezer Alfonso might give them a run for their money.
Don’t forget Geoff Baker Live! coming up at 6 p.m. Pacific time. Here’s the replay from last night.