“http://www.youtube.com/embed/qGyPuey-1Jw” Click for rendition of “What do you do with a drunken Sailor”
It looks like new Mariners skipper ” Hard Edge” Eric Wedge, will have the makings of a rather motley crew when the Sailors who have signed-on for a voyage aboard the 2011 Mariners muster on the field next month in Arizona. Yes indeed now in addition to Milton “Choir Boy” Bradley and Josh ” Peek Aboo” Lueke, the intense new skipper will have to deal with the old Seadog Adam Kennedy who has already shown he too is a “Performer” with his little DUI incident in Newport Beach California on Wednesday night.
Adam Kennedy has already apparently spoken with the stern disciplinarian Jack Z. who gave him his proper scolding, yet just like Milton Bradley he still welcomed Adam Kennedy to spring training. I guess when you are trying to crew-up a ship and you are short on cash and talent all of the is feel good/family friendly gibberish gets thrown overg-board. Ah yes this years Mariners remind me of a few Tugboats I sailed on in the early 80’s when I was still drinking myself. Indeed back in the good old days on the Seattle waterfront everyone from the Captain down to the lowest deckhands drank and lived hard to put up with the lonely and harsh realities of life at Sea. But we were real Mariners and expected to follow the traditions of the Sea. But maybe our guys on the field feel the pressure of life under the micrscope as well, but unfortunately for them in this era of instant communication can’t get away with things like back in the old days.
In fact life in major league baseball up until recent years has been wrought with stories of hard-drinking and fast living, including well documented expolits by the big Yankees stars Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle. My own Grandfather Gordon “Dusty” Rhodes who came up with the Yankees and had lots of talent, is rumored to have wasted his time in the majors from 1929-36, by living in the fast lane and subsequently not taking care of his greatest tool ie; the body God gave him. I don’t know if Adam Kennedy has a drinking problem or if this just was a random event. I do hope that if he does have a problem that he gets help so he can turn his life around like Josh Hamilton has done with the Texas Rangers.
In other Mariners news coming out of todays press conference it appears that everyone who was injured is coming around, including Eric Bedard and David Aardsma who should be ready by the second week of the season. Also apparently Dustin Ackley has bulked-up by 10 pounds which should help the youngster get some more pop on his bat. Also word is that the statue to commemorate the late Dave Niehaus should be up before the 2012 season. Not sure why they couldn’t have gotten a quicker jump on it than that, but guess we will have to settle for 2012.
I’m looking forward to the Northwest SABR meeting this Saturday at Safeco where the GM and his assistant are both going to address us in the Ellis Pavillion. Hopefully we can get some candid remarks from the brass about this year’s team, the good, the bad and the ugly……http://jeffsmariners.com
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