Protecting the King, among other things
MLB.com ran this article about how the Mariners are trying to make sure their 19-year old phenom doesn’t self-destruct.
The price of celebrity can be high. Learning how to handle it can be difficult.
Former Mariners right-hander Freddy Garcia understands.
“When you are young, you might want to go out and have a lot of fun,” he said. “Sometimes that gets you in trouble, but you have to do what you have to do. I have talked to him a couple of times, and he knows he has to work hard.”
It might not be as easy to stray in Seattle as it is in New York, but trouble has few boundaries.
“When you go out, you can get in trouble,” Garcia said. “Sometimes, people see you out and they start to go after you. You have to be careful with that.”
Freddy, remember, is Felix’s hero and pal.
His clubhouse and in-game demeanor are controlled at all times. A good rookie is a quiet rookie, someone who does more listening than talking.
I was a little put off by that.
Also: a strange Seattle Times piece “Thornton making his pitch to stay” which is weird (“Thornton’s bad. And he’s on the roster for no good reason. And he’s doing badly. But there are good signs.”) and also reminds me that Thornton’s 29. I mean, wow.
Meanwhile, at the PI, John Hickey notes in the Mariners notebook:
Thanks to the largesse of the Texas Rangers, the Mariners have a fair-to-middling chance of vacating the AL West cellar that has been Seattle’s home for most of the past two seasons.
Hee hee hee. Also Hickey offers a view of Beltre’s ascent as a clubhouse leader.
“There are a lot of young guys here I can talk to and maybe help out,” he said. “I’m not saying I’m a leader, but if I can help, I will. I’m feeling a lot more comfortable about that now than I was when I first got here.”
Beltre is 26.