Maybe it’s been lost in the Seahawks’ post Super Bowl celebration, or overlooked with the sub-freezing temperatures the last week. But in three days, spring training opens for the Mariners at the organization’s revamped and remodeled facility in Peoria, Ariz.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Blue and green confetti everywhere, falling gently down like Seattle rain. Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is soaked, the victim of two Gatorade showers. Russell Okung kisses the Lombardi Trophy as NFL Hall of Famer Marcus Allen totes it to the stage. The 12th Man roars, even in MetLife Stadium. Kam Chancellor barks, and Marshawn Lynch flees to seek solitude, grinning.
SEATTLE — Released, finally, from the sweet, agonizing tension that turned all of Seattle into an ulcer-inducing, emotionally wrung wreck, the Seahawks players did what players always do in those circumstances.