Tales from spring training

DMZ · March 4, 2008 at 5:09 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

From the Seattle Times: The reason why Balentien and Ibanez were on the ground in the fifth inning in the outfield was indeed a swarm of bees buzzing around them.

“Hey, Raul!”
“Do I know you?”
“I’m Wlad. You know me, from last season?”
“I don’t want to know your name until you make the 25-man.”
“Last inning? No? You’re just going to stand there and chew tobacco. Okay, whatever. Too bad about Jones, huh Raul?”
“Whatever. You’re all just prospects to me– WAAUUUGGGHHH!!”

two bees

(Two bees cc-licensed by wolfpix)


16 Responses to “Tales from spring training”

  1. lailaihei on March 4th, 2008 5:50 pm

    This is the kind of post that I come to USSM for.
    I used to think that the bees thing was just an empty threat…

  2. gwangung on March 4th, 2008 5:56 pm

    I am in awe of the rapidity of this posting.

    Speaking professionally….

  3. milendriel on March 4th, 2008 5:58 pm

    It’ll take more than bees to combat the ignorant. Hmm… maybe people who accuse USSM of being pessimistic should be ravaged by a swarm of ponies?

  4. msb on March 4th, 2008 6:14 pm

    I think Raul would just speak Japanese to Wlad, until Wlad got all pissy and left.

  5. msb on March 4th, 2008 6:22 pm

    speaking of Raul — “Jose Vidro was to see the team doctor on Tuesday for pain in his right elbow.”

    not to wish injury on anyone, but …. Raul to DH and then who in LF?

  6. joser on March 4th, 2008 7:17 pm

    Well, based on results so far (yeah, results-based small sample spring training ABs, half of them against AA-whatever pitchers nobody has heard of) it would be Mike Morse. If the M’s can figure out how not to carry 12 pitchers, they’ll probably take him anyway (along with Burke, Bloomquist, and Cairo) since he’s a RH bat and he’s out of options. And actually, Morse should platoon Ibanez even if Vidro is healthy, letting Ibanez DH anytime the opposing starter is a lefty. Or anytime the M’s starter is a flyball pitcher. Or, really, anytime.

    Vidro as a switch-hitting high (sorta) average guy is actually an ideal bat on the bench. An insanely overpaid one, but game strategy doesn’t (or shouldn’t) have anything to do with paychecks. (Would be nice if he doesn’t get enough ABs to vest his option, too).

    But back to your question. Who to LF? Raul, of course. He wants to play the field, and he’s a veteran so he gets what he wants. Even if he’s hurt, and hiding it, and not productive. They’ll DH Cairo (sigh) so they can keep Bloomquist available to pinch run. 🙄

  7. Jack Howland on March 4th, 2008 8:06 pm

    And actually, Morse should platoon Ibanez even if Vidro is healthy, letting Ibanez DH anytime the opposing starter is a lefty.

    Ibanez should never be DHing against a lefty. He slugged .356 against them last year and 362 the year before.

  8. galaxieboi on March 4th, 2008 8:52 pm

    Ha. Don’t f*** with ussmariner.

    not to wish injury on anyone, but …. Raul to DH and then who in LF?

    You’re nicer than I am. I’m hoping for a tear. Mr. Vidro appears to be a fine human being who has had a long and productive career. He has made more than enough money to support he and his family and to generously donate to charity. I would even send him a ‘get well, but not too soon’ card. That said, I will applaud-na, I shall toast said tendon for sacrificing itself for the greater good.

    Initially I didn’t understand why we would send the bees after Wlad. But then I realized that he does need some work on that dead pull.

  9. Breadbaker on March 4th, 2008 11:42 pm

    Mariner spring optimism knows no bounds. These bees were clearly being trained in case we face Joba Chamberlain in the playoffs this fall.

  10. Kouvre on March 5th, 2008 12:07 am


    I’m so optimistic (and tired) that I originally read “Ibanez” as “Ichiro” and slugged as “hit,” therefore causing me to think you were being sarcastic.

  11. JI on March 5th, 2008 8:13 am

    I’ll wish injuries on whoever I want, Vidro’s got more than enough money to buy his own tropical island, f&#$ ’em. I couldn’t be happier.

  12. bakomariner on March 5th, 2008 8:24 am

    Morse is going to make the team as the 4th outfielder no matter the length of the injury to Vidro…we can only hope it’s season ending…

  13. marinerfaninvenice on March 5th, 2008 11:53 am

    what are the M’s salary implications for cutting the following players during spring training:


    I believe that if they cut Ramirez they’re ‘only’ out a few 100K, correct? Does the same hold true for Cairo or are they stuck with him since they signed him as a FA? Vidro they’re stuck with no matter what for this year and next, correct?

  14. John D. on March 5th, 2008 4:10 pm

    Although this quote is taken out of context (“Morse is going to make the team as the 4th outfielder“), it emphasizes the fact that the 4th OF will not be choen on the basis of ability.

  15. galaxieboi on March 6th, 2008 11:29 am

    Vidro is reportedly fine. He’ll be back in the line-up Friday or Saturday.

  16. DMZ on March 6th, 2008 11:34 am

    If Vidro was hurt and it affected his ability to hit, how would we tell?

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