OK, Ryan is in Havre with his dog and I'm in Detroit with Jim Street, who's affable but not house-broken. Ryan, clearly, made the smarter call.
As for Tigers Stadium, the Mariners have just aout finished some early work on the field, and manager Don Wakamatsu is channeling Lou Piniella.
Anyone who watched Lou for any length of time saw him go into a batting stance and begin working with one hitter or another.
Lou loved hittng, loved coaching it, preaching it, illustrating it.
For the last 10 minutes, Wakamatsu has been working with shortstop Jack Wilson - the two men facing one another in batting stances, working on balance.
In Piniella's first season managing in Seattle, the team was coming off a 98-loss season but finished 82-80.
Wakamatsu inherited a 101-loss team, and is on target to finish above .500.
That's the kind of thing that pops into your head while watching a team take early batting practice in the Motor City.
That, and missing Marvin Gaye.