UW Alumni News From Peoria
A couple of former Washington Husky baseball standouts recently reported for spring training in Peoria, Ariz. and were in the news today for somewhat offbeat reasons The Seattle Mariners went head-to-head against the San Francisco Giants yesterday in the first Cactus League game of the spring.
Back-to-back National League Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum was clearly seeing his first action of the spring and pitched just one inning. But, it was a moment he experienced after he came out of the game that made the news.
Popular Mariners veteran Ken Griffey, Jr. came over to the Giants dugout to have a brief meet-and-greet with Lincecum. Here's a couple of comments from Geoff Baker's story in the Seattle Times:
"He's a Northwest guy," Griffey said with a shrug, in explaining the gesture. "He's a good kid. He does look like an extreme sports kid, I will say that."
"Just to have a great like that come over just caught me off guard," (Lincecum) admitted with a laugh, adding that it was a little surreal. "The first time getting to face him ... I don't really know what to say."
The Associated Press also noted the Griffey/Lincecum exchange in this story about the Husky still adjusting to life in the spotlight.
The long hallway leading from the players' parking lot to the clubhouse contains a gallery of 28 life-size posters of current Mariners. Sometime recently, two more appeared, although the new images certainly aren't in proportion with the others.
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