Mariners pitcher Garrett Olson has the look, and swing, of a terrific golfer
The outfit left-hander Garrett Olson wore during a golf outing with teammates Mark Lowe and Shawn Kelley received a lot of comment — on and off the fairways at Blackstone Country Club near Peoria.
“The guys in the pro shop loved it,” Olson said. “Some of the golfers on the course thought it was pretty…bright.”
Olson said he purchased the outfit on Ebay for a golf outing at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (Calif.) this past offseason. His major was mechanical engineering, which probably is just a little more difficult than journalism at San Jose State, my alma mater.
And those are the actual school colors, if you can believe it.
Olson does not consider himself to be a very good golfer, but he shot a career-best 91 at Blackstone and gave credit where credit was due.
“It’s so much easier to play golf when you wear knickers,” he said.
The way I have been playing (and just ask Kirby Arnold), I might have to go the knickers route.
In other camp news from Day 5:
— Ichiro checked into camp at 2:44 p.m., MT, decked out in his Canada (red and white) sneakers, designer jeans (I think designer), t-shirt, and cap on backwards (ala Griffey). His interpreter said the Mariners right fielder will talk to the (U.S.) media tomorrow.
–Another wet and soggy day kept the team off the practice fields. “We got quite a bit accomplished,” manager Don Wakamatsu said. “We were able to do some of our pick play stuff that we were going to do out on the field. The pitchers are going to get a lot of PFP work in. We’ve accomplished everything but that, and that’s not a big concern. The biggest concern is tomorrow. Can we get on the field with the amount of guys in camp? That’s when spring training kind of officially starts.”
— “The guy who really impressed me was (Chad) Cordero,” Wakamatsu said. “Where he’s at and where he was last year is night and day. It looks like he’s commanding the baseball and it’s coming out of his hand extremely well. You can tell when guys have come off an injury or ailing. But this guy right now just gleams with confidence. The arm slot is there.”
— Wak on Cliff Lee: “He did some agility stuff today so we’re moving right along. We talked about doing some PFP stuff, and he was able to do it in t here with no problem.”
— There will be an intrasquad game on March 1 and possibly another the following day before the team leaves on its annual golf outing against the Padres.
— Jim Street