The Seattle Sounders’ central defense could take on an Eastern tilt this season, with new goalkeeper Stefan Frei and center backs Chad Marshall and Jalil Anibaba all apparently in the running for starting roles.
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Russell Wilson ranged to his left, twirled and threw a strike — or first down — to shortstop Elvis Andrus to start a double play. In that moment, he was neither a baseball nor a football player. He was simply a marvelous athlete making the incredible look routine.
PEORIA, Ariz. — They had reasonable excuse to leave immediately after the workout ended on Wednesday. With their first spring-training game scheduled on Thursday, it was the last free afternoon for Mariners players in quite a while.
SOCHI, Russia — The Sochi Winter Olympics were like the craggy peaks of the Caucasus Mountains and rocky beach of the Black Sea, which were both visible from Fisht Stadium, site of a victory celebration for Russia on Sunday night.
PEORIA, Ariz. — It’s everything they’ve worked for or thought about since baseball became something more than just a game to play with their friends. It’s just 60 feet, 6 inches from their grasp, reliant on their ability to fire a baseball from that distance. It’s a goal fans want, and the Seattle Mariners need, them to achieve.