Here's another reason to love Mike Sweeney and Ken Griffey Jr. - they've hatched an idea to bring the Seattle Mariners together this week, and it's going to produce laughter and perhaps camaraderie.
Before stretch this morning, Sweeney called the entire roster together to make the announcement: There will be an "American Idol"-like contest in the clubhouse on Saturday, with the singers in this case being teams selected by Junior and Sweeney.
The setup: Each group consists of players with less than two years of big-league service, must pick a song, download the musical version and then perform it Saturday. Costuming is key, Sweeney said, as is choreography.
There are 10 teams and 31 players competing - whether they want to or not. Here are the teams, and the team names:
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The Confused Kickers: Garret Olson, Luke French, Shawn Kelley.
Hawaiian Punch: Matt Tuiasosopo, Steven Barron, Kanekoa Texeira.
Sexual Chocolate/Vanilla Cream: Greg Halman, Mike Wilson, Adam Moore.
Bonus Babies: Dustin Ackley, Josh Fields, Danny Cortez.
3Lefteeze: Nick Hill, Ryan Feierabend, Chris Seddon.
Future Franchise: Michael Saunders, Rob Johnson, Doug Fister.
The Seattle Newbies: LeVale Speigner, David Pauley, Steven Shell, Anthony Valvaro.
Bad Bodies Swinging Big Bats: Brad Nelson, Tommy Everidge, Mike Carp.
El Cantando Batteria de Venezuela: Mauricio Robles, Guillermo Quiroz, Luis Ontiveros.
The Caribbean Connection: Ezequiel Carrera, Edward Paredes, Ricky Orta.