One year ago "today," the Seattle Mariners were driving across a balmy Arizona desert towards the beautiful (seriously, you should see how great this park is) Salt River Fields to take on the Colorado Rockies in their final game of the spring. On the mound that day for the first time in a Mariners uniform was someone named Chris Young, recently picked up from the Washington Nationals with a 45-day waiver clause and a fastball landing somewhere in the mid '80s because you see, the Mariners were planning on being a good baseball team that year.
I don't remember what happened that day, which is silly because I was there (beer, possibly), but what I do remember is what happened over the next couple of months. Despite their best efforts, the Mariners were a good baseball team, and although the popular idea is that the whole thing began with Kyle Seager's walk off dinger against the Astros in April, it also began, in a way, with Chris Young throwing however many of his boring-yet-effective innings in Arizona that afternoon.
Of course, today's incredibly boring waiver-wire pickup vying for that same fifth spot in the rotation is tied for first in ERA in all of spring ball, and if you don't like ERA he's also held opponents to the lowest batting average and has 24 strikeouts, and also he's not a waiver-wire pickup because he's 22 years old and under team control for like almost another decade. My sincere hope is that a year from today you also don't remember what will happen here in an hour because...well...no, I'm not going to jinx it. But I guess we can hope that something does begin today.
Ultimately, though, it's about 48 hours until one of these actually counts, and as expected, that lineup you've been seeing over the past couple days is once again taking us to Monday:
Mariners lineup vs the Rockies. pic.twitter.com/sKW0wCqrDS— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) April 4, 2015
So kick back, enjoy the warming tones of the Rizzs and Goldsmith, and enjoy your last day of stress-free baseball. We're used to that only lasting a month, but like a pitcher prepping to throw more innings year after year, we may need all the help we can get this season.
- Mariners @ Rockies, 12:10 PM PST
- No TV, Radio: 710 ESPN, mlb.com
PROMPT: What are your opening day traditions? And how will you be spending Monday?