Remember when the Mariners appeared overloaded with first basemen? Justin Smoak, Corey Hart and Logan Morrison? The concern throughout spring training was how to find playing time for all of them.
Fast forward to Wednesday afternoon at Turner Field.
The Mariners started veteran utilityman Willie Bloomquist at first base.
The manager (in Seattle) was Bob Melvin, Bloomquist noted, the last time I started at first.
Right. Sept. 30, 2004. At Oakland.
There are a lot of little things you dont think about until youre playing there, Bloomquist said. Its those in-between plays that you dont recognize.
If theres a ball to my right, do I go after it or do I go to the bag? Those sort of things. To be honest, there are times when I have to remind myself, `Youve got to cover the bag on any ball anywhere in the infield.
That seems juvenile, but Im not used to having to run to the bag if the balls not hit to me unless its a double play.
So why was Bloomquist at first?