For the Mariners, eating their young is just business
After the Times did the story after the Wall Street Journal did the story and way after it was first announced, the PI takes up the suite thing. I would ignore it entirely except for this quote.
“To use the business term, we’re eating our own a little bit here,” Aylward said. “We’re risking that in the end this is going to be more valuable than going along with what we were doing before.”
That’s a business term?
In other business news, Ichiro’s agent wrote a book on his production these last six years.
“Ichiro gets killed on slugging percentage,” Attanasio said. “But he’s right there on everything else having to do with run production. Scoring runs is just as important as driving in runs, and almost nobody scores more than Ichiro.”
Mark Lowe’s still waiting for word on his arm. Johjima wanted to play every game last year, but he didn’t. Is Hargrove going to rest him more this season?
“He’ll catch 130 games, and that will be fine,” Hargrove said. “It’s hard to catch every game in a season and still be productive offensively. It’s not a good thing for a catcher to aspire to.”
How lame are the Jim Moore columns from the Grapefruit League? He’s now bothering players who have the same name as former Mariners. I’m not kidding.
In the Times, Baker’s got a piece on Juan Sandoval, who lost vision in one eye. It’s a little scary but also cool that’s he’s even out there playing.
Also, if you missed the Sexson quotes etc, I’d like to present this two-paragraph opener to the AP version
PEORIA, Ariz. â€” Richie Sexson’s critics say he strikes out too much. His batting average is too low. He’s not worth a $55 million contract. Well, the Seattle Mariners’ big first baseman has a simple answer.
“They signed me here to hit 35 to 40 home runs and to drive in 100. And I’ve done that. Twice.” Sexson said Thursday with a bemused smile.
If someone gave me $45m to sit on the M’s bench and eat sunflower seeds, and I ate a lot of sunflower seeds, that wouldn’t mean I was worth the money.
Anyway, I’m always annoyed by this kind of “Some people say that Richie Sexson is from Mars. That he eats kittens. Well, they’re wrong.” Yeah, thanks for that insight there, AP.