|James Paxton and one|
of his biggest fans, Alex
The popularity of the Mariners players shouldn't really come as a surprise. They're clearly a team on the upswing -- right now they are the class of the American League West. In my estimation, the only thing that can keep them out of the playoffs this year is a slew of injuries. The Angels may be the favourite in some quarters, but Mike Scioscia's squad has one of the weakest pitching staffs in the majors and the M's have one of the best. Two members of that pitching staff who were in Victoria, Paxton and Furbush, are expected to play a big role in getting Seattle back into the post-season for the first time since 2001. In a mere 30 days, they'll be reporting for work in Peoria, Arizona along with the rest of the pitchers and catchers. Suddenly that chilly January evening doesn't feel quite so cold anymore.
Thanks to the Seattle Mariners and the Victoria HarbourCats for a great night!
|GM Jim Swanson (far left) kicks off the event|
|Dave Sims livening up the evening|
|The flashbulbs were popping all night|
|Mariner Moose and Harvey kept things loose|
|The lineups were lengthy but well worth it|
|These youngsters were happy to give an interview|