Bill Hall arrived, left-hander Garrett Olson headed for Tacoma and the Seattle Mariners clubhouse was as loud and happy as ever.
"Stay away from Junior," manager Don Wakamatsu told his newest player.
"We talked on the bus this morning. I wanted to be like Ken Griffey Jr.," Hall said. "He was The Kid, I wanted to be like that."
After hitting 35 home runs in 2006, Hall was on his way - a right-handed hitter capable of playing shortstop, third base or center field.
What happened? He signed a huge multi-year contract with Milwaukee, and suddenly he had something to live up to that was beyond anything he'd ever dealt with.
"I wanted to improve every season I played, but after I hit 35 home runs, I put a lot of pressure on myself," said Hall, obtained in a trade Wednesday. "Nobody likes not to succeed. I tried to hit 10 home runs a game.
"Coming to Seattle, where we're six games out of the wild card race, that's a new chapter for me. I want to play like a kid again. That's what I used to do, that's what I want to get back to."
Hall wasn't in the lineup Thursday but was told by Wakamatsu that he'd get at least one start in Cleveland against a left-handed pitcher.
"A lot depends on his bat," Wakamatsu said. "We want to let (hitting coach) Alan Cockrell get his hands on him, we want to see him play. The good news is, he's had success before. You know it's in there, because he's done it.
"We'll do what we've done with a lot of players this year, change their mental approach. With Hall, we'll talk about pitch selection, about getting in position to hit."
As for Olson, he'll report to Tacoma, where the Rainiers will try to work him into their rotation.
"We'd like him to start, get stretched out and come back to us in September," Wakamatsu said.