And so am I!
OK – I admit. I feel a just a tad guilty.
A few months ago, I hung up my compass and pulled ashore from the Mariners seas in favor of soaring with the Hawks and the twelves for the winter. And, as chronicled in previous posts ~ what a flight it was! But, after an exhilarating fling with my “first sports love”, I’m back from the “gridiron giddiness” and ready to get back to my “true sports love”
Seems I’ve got a little catching up to do . . .
- I hear the M’s have a new manager ~ They call him Mac
- and, all new coaches ~ Wedge’s guys are gone . . .
- and, a new president ~ Armstrong retires and Mather promoted
- oh – and there’s a new second baseman in town ~ Hello, Cano!
- some other new faces (like Rodney, Hart and LoMo)
- and, an unfortunate loss – Guti to the restricted list as his health issues crop up ~ again
From what little I’ve heard, sounds like Mac is well-liked . . .
and, above all, respected. He’s not shy with the media or his players – has strong feelings and opinions and isn’t afraid to voice them. But, he want’s to keep things loose. He and Jack Z even visited with Pete Carroll at the Seahawks training facility during practice (hey – not everything can translate from the gridiron to the diamond but, doesn’t hurt to associate with those of winning ways )
As for Robinson Cano . . .
I’ve heard snippets of interviews with Brad Miller, Kyle Seager and Justin Smoak and they all rave about him. Not only because they are thrilled to have one of the best hitters in the game on their side now but -to a man- they are impressed with his work ethic AND his willingness to share his knowledge and experience. I have to say, initially, I was less than thrilled with the prospect of that HUGE contract but, if he can play for the M’s like he did in pin-stripes and help their young hitters to improve and, maybe even entice some other high profile free agents along the way, through the years – then, it will be worth it.
So, anyhoo, there was a baseball game today
The Annual Charity Game between the M’s and Padres at the newly renovated Peoria Sports Complex they share.
Mariners 7 | Padres 1
Seems things went pretty well for the M’s first dip into spring, not so much for the Pads . . .
Welcome Back Baseball!!!
(I really did miss you, even though I had a tremendously delicious distraction for a time )
Tomorrow, Cactus League play starts in earnest.