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Mariners Moose Tracks, 6/23/18: Nelson Cruz, Hanley Ramirez, and Dire Straits

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The best start to a weekend.

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My dad’s birthday is Sunday, but we celebrated it last night with some friends. My parents have impeccable music taste. While getting down to songs from before I was born, I re-fell in love with “Romeo and Juliet” by Dire Straits. What. A. Banger. What’s your favorite song from a generation or two before you were born?
Also, we’ve all hear the saying “minor setback, major comeback.” How about a five-game losing streak, ten-game win streak trade off? Believe with me, friends.

In Mariners News...

  • Sheryl Ring discusses Wade LeBlanc’s successful start to the season.
  • Jon Tayler of SI wrote about the biggest surprise of 2018. Hint: It’s the Mariners.
  • The Mariners are looking to make some noise in the international market. (Subscription Article)
  • Manny Acta took a jab at his locker at Fenway.
  • The Denard Span Foundation gave LL a shoutout!
  • Nelson Cruz’ ridiculous seven-RBI game was the fifth time he’s accomplished that feat in his career.
  • Nelson Cruz joined some elite company with that accomplishment.
  • An encouraging sign for the M’s.

Around the League...

  • Former Mariner Zac Curtis was called up by the Phillies.
  • Speaking of the Phillies...
  • Rangers prospect Yonhander Mendez is being sent to High-A to begin a new program.
  • Roberto Ozuna is suspended for 75 games.
  • This bit of Hanley Ramirez news is interesting.
  • I guess the only way to beat the Astros is by robbing dingers.
  • Paul Goldschmitt and Mike Trout recently had historically good weeks.

Luke’s Picks...

  • The Seattle Times wrote about Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe’s relationship.
  • Collin Sexton is funny.
  • The DJ Augustine line gets me everytime.