When the Seattle Mariners took the field to take on the Seattle Mariners in an intrasquad game today, pitching coach Rick Adair had selected two bat boys for the occasion – Felix Hernandez and Erik Bedard.
Both men had a huge 'BB' on the back of their jerseys, and hustled to pick up bats and fouls, much to the delight of a full-house practice-field crowd.
Five innings in, the 'A' team lead, 1-0, on an unearned run. The 'B' team rallied for a 5-3 win, going ahead on a two-run double by first baseman Mike Carp.
The pitching has been super on both sides, with Ian Snell, Jason Vargas, Mark Lowe, David Aardsma ,Brandon League, Ricky Orta and Mauricio Robles all posting one-inning zeroes.
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After the third out of each inning, the team would run a bunt play drill, putting runners on base and working on their defense. Ken Griffey Jr. was the batter for the first drill, and laid down a nice bunt – then jogged to first base with his bat held high because no one covered first.
"The man can do anything!" screamed Mike Sweeney from one dugout.
The game is over, and they'll do it all over again tomorrow morning. Cliff Lee may be one of tomorrow's bat boys, and at least nine more Mariners pitchers will get work in. Ryan Rowland-Smith and Sean White will start