As the bitter winter cold takes over most of the country and the poor folks down-under in Australia get slammed by more devastating weather, my mind is starting to dream of Spring Training in Peoria Arizona. I told myself last season that I was not going back to Peoria this year after the awful results from 2010. And with all the anguish in the world, especially in Egypt where pro-Government Thugs are attacking peaceful pro–democracy demonstrators, I almost feel guilty for doing it but yes I’m heading back to Peoria!
To be honest it was the positive impression that the Mariners new Manager Eric Wedge made on me last Saturday at the SABR meeting that happened at Safeco during FanFest. Yes I know we are not going to the World Series this year, but I have a feeling this Spring Training is going to be a lot different from last year’s under Don Wakamatsu. Last year it was apparent that the veterans did not respect Wakamatsu as I observed a lot of lolly-gagging and a general lack of hustle and intensity during drills and the early games.
I have decided to fly down on the 23rd so I can observe with my own eyes and ears the new Mariners Skipper as he takes charge and tries to light a fire underneath some of these guys. Wedge has said for the record that there will be genuine competition for positions this year in Peoria, as it should be. This should be an interesting and exciting Spring Training as Eric Wedge gets his chance to lift anchor and begin the long voyage towards getting the Mariners back on course.
Of course it isn’t just Wedge that has inspired me to shell-out the cash for this trip, it is also out of respect for Dave Niehaus knowing full well he wouldn’t want me to jump ship now. And frankly I am looking forward to getting some sun for a week in the desert.
Of course this will not be simply a vacation for me as I intend to be posting on here daily not only my written reports, but also video and audio clips that I get from Peoria as I push into my sophomore year on Jeff’s Mariners Fan Blog. I am going to be doing an overhaul to the face of my Blog in order to bring it up to snuff and provide all of my readers a better experience. It is possible my Blog could be down for a few days during the reconstruction , but rest assured I am not going anywhere, except beautiful Peoria Arizona and the wonderful Peoria Sports Complex where our boys will start gathering on Feb. 13th!
I also want to remind all of you to subscribe directly to my Blog via e-mail or RSS feed so you don’t miss out on any juicy Spring Training happenings. I am also on Twitter at : jeffsmariners and I will be sending random tweets from Peoria along with the video clips of the Mariners and any of you fans who make the annual voyage to Peoria like spawning salmon. http://jeffsmariners.com
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