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Mariners Moose Tracks, 3/25/18: Wade LeBlanc, #4MOM, and the Giants/A’s rivalry

She can say in her voice, in her way that she love me/With her eyes, with her smile, with her belt, with her hands, with her money

Photo credit to Colin/Nathan/Jose/Andy/whichever Mariners employee climbed up on a ladder for this shot

Happy Sunday! Hopefully this is a day of rest and relaxation for you, in preparation for the most important holiday of the year. Five days until Opening Day, friends! Five. More. Days. HalleNORELIGIONlujah

In Mariners news...

  • Fare thee well, Mike Ford
  • And hello, again, to the fairest Wade of them all. Kate kindly took some time out of her Saturday to talk about the man my mother constantly mixes up with “Wiley Cyrus” aka Wade Miley.
  • As reported by Shannon Drayer, Scott Servais acquired #4MOM shirts for all the players, and asked them to each make a donation during the team meeting today. Said Servais, about 4MOM founder Braden Bishop, “He’s played really well in camp. He’s a great kid, got a lot going on. We are here to support him.”
  • There’s just so much goodness here. Guillermo Heredia reclining against Mike Zunino, Nelson Cruz’s eyebrows just barely visible above Edwin Díaz’s head, Nick Vincent towering above them all like the mighty spin-rate wizard that he is, the juxtaposition of Ariel Miranda’s who-are-you-and-why-are-you-photographing-me skeptical glare and Erasmo Ramirez’s jovial, albeit misdirected, beam, the pleasant symmetry of the bald bookends at the front of the picture, Kyle Seager at his derpiest, etc. etc.
  • Félix’s start went well today, but Scott Servais is still waiting to determine who will be the team’s Opening Day starter. Will the King’s streak live on?

Around the league...

  • We’ve talked a lot about the juiced balls that have run rampant throughout the majors, but there’s not been nearly enough conversation about the emotional effects these balls have experienced from their juicing: namely, a seemingly increased thirst for blood. Chris Sale was the latest player to fall victim to this revenge quest, after being hit in the leg by a comebacker in the first inning.
  • Dun dun dun another one bites the dust
  • The Battle for the Bay rages on, although certain fans may be more inclined to temporarily alter their allegiances now.
  • Someone has officially tied Barry Bonds’ record. No, not that one.
  • [Kate rudely busts in like the Kool-Aid Man.] SPEAKING of ASU baseball, Braden wasn’t the only Bishop brother to have a good day yesterday.

Site note (copied from yesterday, to ensure you see it):

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Isabelle’s pick:

Not a pick but an ask, because I’m selfish like that. I need your podcast recommendations (please), but not simply for an overall series. No, what I’m asking for are specific podcast episodes that you’d recommend. Perhaps there was a guest who you really enjoyed, a particularly compelling discussion, a story theme that stood out to you, etc. Thank you, in advance! In exchange, you have my eternal gratitude and this heartbreakingly magnificent short story from Edwidge Danticat, a Haitian writer whose talent is almost matched by her name.