Feb 23, 2014; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) warms up during camp at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Mariners Are Playing A Baseball Game Today


It’s been a long winter, just like every winter. The Seattle Mariners made one of the most ridiculous – and exciting – free agent signings ever, and while that hooplah got to dominate headlines for a few frigid months, it’s now officially time for the Robinson Cano Decade to begin in earnest. It’s been a long time since the Mariners played a baseball game. Today, the Mariners will play a baseball game.

Yeah, it’s just spring training, and yeah, it’s meaningless, results-wise. This isn’t going to have much of an impact on anything. Nobody’s going to make the big club after today, and today won’t give us any idea of how the team will look going forward. All this is is the start of Cactus League play for the M’s, and that is reason enough to celebrate.

Today’s game features the hated rival San Diego Padres, who in actuality are hated by no one outside of San Diego. It starts at 12:05 Pacific Time, and can be heard on the radio, which is just great. The lineups are out, and they actually sort of resemble real line ups! Here they are, as proof that I’m not lying:

Seattle Mariners

1. Abraham Almonte (S) CF
2. Kyle Seager (L) 3B
3. Robinson Cano (!!!!!) (L) 2B
4. Logan Morrison (L) DH
5. Justin Smoak (S) 1B
6. Michael Saunders (L) RF
7. Dustin Ackley (L) LF
8. Brad Miller (L) SS
9. Mike Zunino (R) C
P Erasmo Ramirez (R)

San Diego Padres

1. Cameron Maybin (R) CF
2. Alexi Amarista (L) 3B
3. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
4. Jedd Gyorko (R) 2B
5. Xavier Nady (R) DH
6. Alex Dickerson (L) LF
7. Kyle Blanks (R) RF
8. Ryan Jackson (R) SS
9. Rene Rivera (R) C
P Eric Stults (L)

That… that could be the opening day lineup, if you squint. Corey Hart would probably be there in place of someone, most likely Almonte, but that’s just about the best lineup the Mariners can be expected to field this April. The fact that baseball is back is reason enough to tune in. On top of that, we’ll get to see hear the team play with a bunch of starters for a least a couple innings. Spring Training! Seattle Mariners! Wooooooooooooooo!

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