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.
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.