Spring training opens on Sunday for the Seattle Mariners new coaching staff, pitchers and catchers, who all take the field on Monday.
I'll be there, and I'll do my best to make it seem you're there, too.
OK, I'll be standing in the sun watching Felix Hernandez throw a bullpen and lots of you will be stuck under gray, wet skies somewhere in the Northwest. But this spring we're going to overload Mariners fans looking for any little tidbit.
We want to share the news, the quotes, the photos and the fun of spring training, and not just here on the blog. You can follow me on Twitter (@LarryLaRue) and on Facebook throughout camp and during the regular season. And, of course, there will be a daily presence in The News Tribune.
Yes, there will be news this spring - will Milton Bradley make the team, will Erik Bedard stay healthy enough to pitch, can any of the 22 non-roster invitees stick? And there will be daily interviews with players from Ichiro to Adam Kennedy and manager Eric Wedge. We'll try to continue the 'portrait of the day' on Twitter, keep tossing up a photo of the day on Facebook and let you in on the clubhouse banter as often as possible.
This doesn't look like a landmark season for the Mariners, who lost 101 games last season and open camp with a lot of new faces. There's now 23 non-roster invitees, and the team is clearly hoping to find somone who can help. Offense, pitching, depth? Seattle needs all of it.
How good or bad this team will be is only part of spring training. A huge part of baseball's allure goes beyond wins and losses. There are the characters of the game, intriguing personalities, new faces to get to know, good stories to be written and read.
The promise is, from Day One, you'll be there with us through the newspaper, the blog, Twitter and Facebook. Ryan will be in camp in March and likely be a presence on the blog throughout camp. The man loves him some baseball.
We both do. And since we figure you do, as well, let's go through this together. The news won't always be good - and the baseball certainly won't always be good - but it will be baseball.