About once a week, Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge takes a question and runs with it - defending his young team, it's up-and-down start and it's potential.
"We're 30 games in and people forget, we play 162 games every year," Wedge said, warming up today. "For six months, we play every day, and the other day we started a lineup that had seven players 25 or younger in it.
"They're coming on, but it never happens on your time table, it happens on theirs. I'm telling you, I've got history with this - you've got some good players out there."
Among them: Jesus Montero, Kyle Seager, Dustin Ackley, Mike Carp, Alex Liddi, Michael Saunders and Justin Smoak.
Those players are leaning, each at his own pace, and the Mariners farm system has more coming, whether it's Vinnie Catricala or Erasmo Ramirez, Danny Hultzen, James Paxton or Taijuan Walker.
"I've worked with a lot of name players who are still playing, and most of them weren't names when they started out. These kids are getting better in front of your eyes if you know what you're looking for."