2014 Media Lunch Recap
Friday, February 7, we held our fifth annual Media Day lunch in Ellis Pavilion at Safeco Field. The event featured a variety of familiar faces from the Mariners broadcast crew, including TV game day host, Brad Adam; post-game field reporter, Shannon Drayer; MLB.com Mariners writer, Greg Johns; Seattle Times columnist, Larry Stone; and radio broadcast voice of the Mariners, our own Rick Rizzs.
New to the lineup this year, was Seattle Times Mariners beat writer, Ryan Divish. While valiant attempts were made by Brad to razz Ryan during his Media Day debut, they were only met by chuckles.
As has become a tradition, each member of the panel was asked their win prediction for 2014. While Shannon continued to stand behind her “I don’t make predictions” mantra and Ryan took the safe 81-81 outlook, Rick almost certainly forecast the season correctly. He said, “I predict we’ll win every game where we score more runs than the other team.”
Topics became more serious as the floor was opened to members and guests for questions. Thoughts about the new management were explored. Performance expectations were discussed. Views about the recent Cano signing and what it means for the team were shared. Areas where the roster will see competition were fleshed out.
Following the media panel, we were joined again by MLB umpire Mike Muchlinski. When Mike first attended our Media Day lunch as a guest speaker in 2012, he was still biding his time for a spot in the Majors.
Similar to the path players take, MLB umpires start calling games in Single A ball. However, unlike a player, they don’t have the potential to just jump to the Majors. Traveling from small town to small town, they prove themselves with experience and advance gradually.
In January of this year, Mike was officially invited to join the MLB umpires. He was awarded number 76. Congrats Mike! We look forward to watching you make calls on the Safeco Field diamond in 2014. (As long as they go the Mariners way.)