Some springs, you're magic with a notebook
Except, a day after the emotional interview, the pitcher begged Arnold not to write it. Arnold, an exceptional beat writer and a better guy, didn't.
Weeks ago I sat down with outfielder Mike Wilson, talking about how he hoped to make an impression with the new coaching staff. He wanted to show them his power, his ability to drive in runs in the clutch.
An hour afterward, Wilson was released to make room on the roster for Ken Griffey Jr.
Wilson returned to the organization and has had a surge at the plate the last week, doing what he has done for years in the minors. It won't get him a spot on the opening day roster, but he's at least put himself on the radar.
"I'm not here to make an impression, I'm here to make the team," Vargas said. "You've got to have that attitude. I love pitching, I think I'm showing them I can compete at this level.
There was more. Vargas is an articulate man and a student of the game.
Magic with a notebook, that's me. Talk to a man – and make him disappear. Yes, players notice. The young ones may start running when I approach.
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