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Mariners Moose Tracks, 11/15/20: Happy LIDOM Opening Day, Juan Soto, are the Phillies the Mets now?

Also the happiest squirrel ever

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Escogido Baseball Club on Twitter

Normally I try to summon a little cheer for these Sunday links but I confess to feeling pretty ground-down today, as rumor has it Washington State is facing down another round of COVID-19 preventative measures being put into place tomorrow. I’m trying not to say “restrictions” because how you frame things is important, mentally, but with the weather outside turning rainy and dark, it’s hard not to feel...restricted, especially with the holiday season approaching. Perhaps a fresh hot serving of links will cheer us all up.

In Mariners news:

  • Maybe it’s not technically Mariners news but it’s Mariners-adjacent: Happy LIDOM Opening Day! Today the Liga de Beísbol Profesional de la Republica Dominicana (LIDOM) starts out, and due to the pandemic canceling minor league seasons, this year’s teams are a little extra star-packed. The LL staff will be adopting the Leones del Escogido, usually known as Escogido (or the Escarlata, the Scarlet, for their team colors, or #RUGE, or “ROAR!”), as that team will boast Mariners prospects Julio Rodríguez and Luís Liberato, as well as super-prospect Wander Franco (and possibly Vlad Guerrero Jr. too), if you’re into that kind of thing. Other teams with Seattle connections, if you’re not sold on Escogido: the Estrellas Orientales (current Mariner prospects Dayeison Arias and Eric Filia, 2020 Mariner Nestor Cortes, one-time Mariner Junior Lake); the Águilas Cibaeñas (current Mariner Yohan Ramirez); the Tigres de Licey (no real connections other than very former Mariner Welington Castillo, but the team is managed by member of the ‘95 Mariners Luis Sojo, and the team VP is Manny Acta); the Toros del Este (Spring Training-Mariner Alen Hanson); and the Gigantes del Cibao (former Mariner minor leaguer Darío Álvarez, Mariners 2011 FA signing Gabriel Guerrero).

The games kick off at 5 PM Dominican time (AST), which is one here in the Pacific Time zone, with the Gigantes vs. Águilas and Estrellas vs. Toros. Our Leones play at 7:30 PM AST, which is 3:30 PT. You can stream the games on DR Sports with a one-day pass or a season pass for $20. You can also listen to the games on TuneIn for free; just type in the name of the team you’re trying to find in the search bar, or check the official team accounts on Twitter for links.

Note that the times listed above in LIDOM’s tweet is different from what is listed on the DR Sports website, but since the official Escogido account on Twitter says 7:30, that’s what we’re going with. Also if anyone is interested in watching as a group we could throw up a game thread; let us know in the comments if you plan on watching these games.

  • In non-LIDOM news, if you’re looking for a stocking stuffer for a Seattle sports fan that also benefits Seattle Children’s, get thee to Bartell’s:

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Kate’s Pick:

I know I was a grumpier person before but watching this squirrel housing an entire egg roll has seriously improved my outlook. Live your best life, squirrel.