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UW Alumni News From Peoria

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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 Everett Herald's Kirby Arnold had this note today about a prank played on former Husky Sean White in the Mariner's front office in Peoria:

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.

Taped to the wall between Mark Lowe and Brandon League is an itty-bitty, teeny-tiny Sean White. It's the mug shot from his days pitching for the University of Washington and is the work of fellow relievers David Aardsma and Shawn Kelley.

"Aardsma found the picture and I took care of the rest," Kelley said.

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