This question has been in my head since Sunday night. The Mariners hopped on a bus and drove from Anaheim to San Diego and I couldn’t help but wonder what’s going through the minds of most of the players. Under normal circumstances, most people would be very excited to be arriving in San Diego in April. But the Mariners, having just played sixteen (16!) games straight, were probably in a different state of mind than your average person arriving in San Diego. It’s hard to wrap my head around thinking, “Oh boy, can’t wait to get to San Diego and sleep for 12 hours in a hotel and maybe get a pumpkin scone from Starbucks at like 11:30 the next morning.”
What do Mariners players do on their off-days, particularly road off-days?
What would you do in their position? Try to sleep as much as possible? Get out and walk around the town, take in the local flavor? Play golf? (that’s probably the correct answer for many.) I imagine off-days are very, very different for players with young families and players who are single. As a parent, it’s wild to put myself in those shoes of “Well, I haven’t really seen my family much for the past few weeks, but hey, now I have 24 hours to myself in another city. Huh.” Sounds both freeing, but also guilt-inducing. Your mileage may vary.
So, yeah, go ahead and put your fan fiction hat on if you want and tell us what Daniel Vogelbach or Domingo Santana did on their off-day. Or just wildly, but respectfully speculate. However you want to tackle the prompt, do so in a FanPost and we’ll front page the best submissions over the weekend.