Yes, for reasons no one has ever fully understood or explained, the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres kick off their spring with their annual charity game today - a game that the Cactus League says doesn't count.
So, if Cactus League exhibition games aren't all that important, what in the world is an exhibition exhibition game? Just how snooty is the Cactus League about this Mariners-Padres affair?
No stats from this game will count in the Cactus League. So there.
The Mariners will somehow overcome the snub, and here's manager Eric Wedge's first lineup:
Ichiro RFChone Figgins, 3BMilton Bradley, DHJustin Smoak, 1BAdam Kennedy, 2BMiguel Olivo, CMichael Saunders, CFGabe Gross, LFJack Wilson, SSErik Bedard, P