Fastballs to golf balls
Many of the Mariners exchanged their gloves and bats for golf clubs on Tuesday, facing their Spring Training partner Padres in their annual golf tournament.
Manager Don Wakamatsu, who hasn’t played much golf lately because of his day job, said he has shot in the 70s (not recently), but didn’t anticipate a low round on Tuesday and was seeking for some help.
“I’m looking for a ‘ringer’ to put on my team,” he said.
That could be Ken Griffey Jr. After all, he played in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am last weekend, shooting a nine-under over three rounds. His pro partner was Jason Bohn. They went even-par the first day, followed by five- and four-under rounds, but missed the cut.
“I am the best putter not on tour,” Griffey proudly proclaimed with a wide smile. “They call me “Liquid Drano.”.
Meanwhile, Wakamatsu said he has been pleasantly surprised with the physical condition Griffey’s in.
“Yesterday, he went through all he drills and set the tempo,” the manager said. “That’s exciting to see.
“Today was kind of a big day to see how he responded from yesterday and everything seems good. You’ll see him in the DH spot before you see him in the outfield in Cactus League games.”
— Jim Street