Cactus League Game 12, Brewers at Mariners
Blake Beavan vs. Mike Friers, 12:05pm
The pride’s fearsome hunting skills take many forms. Armed with a plethora of strategies, each seemingly tailored to the prey, the 2013 Seattle Mariners are truly remarkable predators. Most of their attacks are ambush strikes, or the product of stalking animals like Rangers and Angels. For whatever reason, many prey animals have not yet developed a flight response to the Mariners’ prominent crest or ‘hat’ with its emblematic ‘S’. This may be the result of the Mariners moving into new territories, so local animals have yet to develop a healthy respect for the interlopers. Indeed, surprise or sneak attacks do not play to the Mariners strengths, as several members of the pride are extremely tall and unskilled in crouching for long periods of time. Blake Beavan is one of these, a truly massive specimen who seems to lack the requisite genes for subterfuge.
That’s what makes today’s hunt all the more remarkable. Instead of lying in wait for prey to wander by (and risking exposure when Blake decides to ‘hide’ behind a tiny sapling, or when Carlos Triunfel begins manically laughing at a small bug), they have lured a pack of brewers to the pride’s domain. Unaware of the pride’s taste for flesh as well as ale, the beer distributors have walked into Peoria, undoubtedly drawn by tales of the mountainous giants with an unquenchable thirst for beer – tales spread, no doubt, but some members of the pride. Watching the pride now, one can sense their excitement at the prospect of such a feast. Brendan Ryan is even more energetic than normal, the elder, Raul, taps his foot impatiently, as if he was one of the cubs. Behind the hill, the beer distributors blithely discuss golf, vacations, and sales reports.
1: Gutierrez, CF
2: Ackley, 2B
3: Morse, RF
4: Morales, 1B
5: Bay, LF
6: Ibanez, DH
7: Montero, C
8: Catricala, 3B
9: Ryan, SS
Sp: Blake Beavan
Charlie Furbush and Erasmo Ramirez will follow Beavan today.