I need another weekend to recover from my (very interesting, fun, and full) weekend. This plus just having been handed a paper due next Monday (on top of another one also due the same day that I haven’t started yet), not to mention the upswing of activity with the Mariners over the past 24 hours, and I find myself a little overwhelmed – two papers, or mess around with blogging? Eh, I think I can do both.
On the bright side, there is an overwhelming upswing of activity with the Mariners over the past 24 hours! Position players are starting to arrive in camp, and a flurry of unpacking, physicals, and Ken Griffey Jr wearing “the new hotness” are starting to commence. Rain has kept the pitchers and catchers working out indoors over the weekend (how is it so nice up here and so awful down in Arizona?) but now that the gang’s all here, it is time to get down to business. Yes.
Brock and Salk have spent their show today in Peoria talking to everyone and anyone who will grant them the time. I guess one of the people that did was Cliff Lee – and I use the word “apparently” not as a literary crutch like normal, but because I was in class and didn’t get to hear it first hand. When I was on my way home, however, the boys were talking to Shannon Drayer about Milton Bradley, and about his dislike of referring to his new city and team as a “fresh start“. Drayer said that she believed he was unapologetic for the past, and just wanted to continue on in a newer, more positive environment. And I’m going to hope that the Chicago media allows him to do just that, having heard recently that they still can’t leave him alone. Surely, the Cubs’ reporters must have something else to write about? Don’t you guys have girlfriends or something somewhere? For my part, Bradley is innocent until proven guilty, because I have that luxury. Actually, not believing in fresh starts is pretty zen of Bradley, if you think about it – it’s not as if you can change the past by trying harder in the future – all you can do is deal with today, and work on the future. I think I speak for a lot of Mariners fans when I say that we’d love to see him do just that.
I didn’t mention it before because it was only one little bit of news and I was sort of waiting for other things to pile up before I bothered to even think about my reaction to it, but Russell Branyan, as everyone knows by now, was sucked up by the Cleveland Indians. The $2M and one year that he is getting is less than what Seattle might have offered him, and far less than the $20-$30MM/multi-year deal he was purportedly looking for. I know that letting him go was likely for the best, and that he wanted to test the market, but, as many people have mentioned by now, he severely miscalculated said market, and that makes me sad. Branyan was a little like the proverbial box of chocolates, if the box only had three different kinds of chocolate in it – but it was pretty decent chocolate, and I’m bummed I’ll likely never have it again.
Lastly, I’d like to thank Jim Street for doing me a solid (even though he has no idea) and posting this marvelous photo of Garrett Olson, looking like an old-school 7-Up can…I’m pretty sure I need those socks!