Sixty-three players in camp, not counting coaches, trainers, counselors and clubhouse guys – and the search for anyone who'd seen the movie that won the Oscar for best picture was a frustrating one.
Shawn Kelley thought he'd seen 'The Hurt Locker,' then realized he'd only watched the extended preview. Garrett Olson said he watched half of it.
"It wasn't practical," Olson said. "It was like John Wayne goes to Iraq."
Bench coach Ty Van Burkleo isn't a movie buff and didn't know what 'The Hurt Locker' was when asked if he'd seen it. No catchers had seen, but asked for a review.
Left-hander Nick Hill, who has has military experience, hasn't seen the film. Ryan Rowland-Smith likes movies, but hadn't seen it. Making the rounds, it became apparent no one in the Mariners clubhouse had seen the 2009 Best Picture.
"I think Tommy Everidge saw it," Chris Woodward said.
Turns out, Everidge hadn't seen it, but Brad Nelson had. And coach Mike Brumley had. And manager Don Wakamatsu.
- Nelson gave the movie a 7 1/2-8 on the scale of 1-to-10. "I have a friend whose brother was in Iraq, and he told me it's about as real as any film is going to be about that war," he said. "I enjoyed, I came away with a new respect for what those guys do. I'm glad this is my job, and that there are people in our country willing to do that job."
- Brumley gave the film 'a solid 8.' "It's about character and deals with political issues from the insight of the soldiers. The main character is addicted to adrenaline, and after he's out of the army he has to go back. It had a documentary feel to it, it was pretty intense and it was definitely a dark film."
- Wakamatsu gave it only a 5. "A dark movie, and I felt for the main character's family. He had to have the rush, that danger, and it overwhelmed even his love of family. It's not movie to take small kids to."