I didn’t think it would happen quite this fast, but it sure did. Doesn’t sound like the details are completely ironed out yet, but Griffey is “back” with the Mariners. I haven’t seen much in the way of uproar or happiness about this, but I have seen at least one person the other day complaining on Twitter about their coworkers asking them how they felt regarding Griffey playing for the Mariners again. I meant to post this two days ago, but I haven’t been sleeping well this week. Not sure why.
John Hickey posted an article on FanHouse yesterday about JJ Putz and the Diamondbacks future efforts to kind of give their clubhouse a much-needed boot to the pants. The mention of the pies made me a little wistful. The mention of JJ’s age also kind of surprised me, and I came to the realization that I never think of baseball players aging at all. They always just seem to be the same age they were when I ‘discover’ them. I think this has something to do with me not entirely being able to grasp decline, even when it’s staring me in the face. In other news, I’m thankful that I haven’t been following Felix since he was 19.
Jeff has an interview with Ryan Rowland-Smith up at Lookout Landing. As always, Hyphen presents himself as affable and pleasant, further setting in concrete the vision that we all have of him being one of the most down-to-earth guys in the game. What I find interesting is his mention of what “people” (I have to assume coaches and other guys on the team) told him about just watching what Cliff Lee was doing in order to improve his game. He doesn’t go into any detail, so of course we have no way of knowing how much that was elaborated on. I’ll admit I don’t know the first thing about what pitching coaches say to their guys, or how pitching is even taught to a player at a major league level, but on the surface, the first thought that pops into my head is; really? That was our coaching strategy for last year? ‘Just throw like Cliff‘? I’m not saying they’re wrong – I guess it’s as good an ‘atta boy’ as anything else – but shouldn’t coaching consist of a bit more than ‘go out and do what he’s doing‘? Whatever the case, it sounds like Rowland-Smith’s presence with the MMA fighters might have worked for upping his mental game. Smart kid, that Hyphen. I’m going to miss him something fierce.
Additionally, I also found interesting the fact that he says Seattle reminds him most of home. I know he’s from the Sydney area, but I present to you photos of the city of Perth, on the west coast:
Look at that and tell me it doesn’t remind you at least a little of Seattle, Lake Washington, and Bellevue. Sydney features a bit more access to salt water, and they have a great ferry system and some semi-enclosed beaches, but it really hit me how much Perth looked like Seattle when we were there. I love Seattle and would never want to move, but I could see living over there, if it wasn’t for the fact that all the koalas have shivs and the housecats are poisonous.
But I digress, a lot. And don’t have time to finish this because I type too damn slow. Hoping to get myself in gear with most posts over the weekend. Happy Friday, people!