Spring Training, Day 2
Hello once again from Arizona, this time from the computer center at my hotel in Scottsdale. I found some free internet (although no way to hook up my digital camera) and thought I might take advantage.
No former LumberKings suited up for the Mariners today, however, Seattle did win their first Cactus League game 9-3 over San Diego. Ryan Garko and Tommy Everidge each went yard in their Mariner debuts. You can read the box score here.
I was nowhere near Peoria today, rather, I was checking out the Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants (again) at Scottsdale Stadium. A quick summary of my day there: I snagged three batting practice homers without the aid of a glove (thanks, Aubrey Huff), was interviewed by a writer from the Arizona Republic for a Saturday feature and got sunburned beyond belief. Oh yeah, and Prince Fielder got the long-awaited retalitory plunk from Barry Zito as the main highlight of a 5-3 Giants win.
Elsewhere, Mitch Moreland (’08) went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI as the Rangers pounded Kansas City, 13-3 in Surprise. Several former Kings had a nice day at the plate, including Craig Gentry (2-for-3, 2 runs scored) and Chad Tracy (1-for-1, RBI triple, 2 runs scored).
Now, for the “this has nothing to do with baseball” news. This evening, I attended my very first regular-season NHL game to watch my favorite team, the Colorado Avalanche take on the Phoenix Coyotes. John-Michael Liles tied the score at 1-1 with a power-play goal in the second period, but the Coyotes won in the final seconds as the just-traded former Avs winger Wojtek Wolski beat Craig Anderson for the winner. Deflating, but still the most fun I’ve had at a hockey game.
I will have some pictures and video of my day in Scottsdale coming up next week. Tomorrow, it’s back to Peoria as the Mariners take on the Padres again. The buzz will be out on the back fields as Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee are scheduled to throw simulated games. I might get some pictures of that, if I can get close enough. Stay tuned.