Catching you up on some great photos of the Mariners Winter Caravan through Eastern Washington. Nick Franklin, Charlie Furbush and Brandon Maurer, along with broadcasters Mike Blowers and Aaron Goldsmith, and of course the Mariner Moose, have been having a great time visiting with our fans on the East side of the state.
Here are some photos taken by team photographer Ben Van Houten from Whitman College in Walla Walla, the Boys and Girls club of Kootenai county in Post Falls, Idaho and also Bryan Elementary school in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
The Mariners Winter Caravan continues to roll through Eastern Washington, and today broadcasters Aaron Goldsmith, Mike Blowers, infielder Nick Franklin and the Mariner Moose made a stop at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in Spokane. Here are some photos captured by Mariners Team Photographer Ben Van Houten.
Mariners broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith is currently on the road in Eastern Washington with the Mariners Winter Caravan. Here is an update from the second day of the caravan’s tour through Eastern Washington…
The theme of Day 2 of the Mariners Eastern Washington Caravan was autographs.
After paying a 45 minute visit to our radio affiliate in Wenatchee (KKRT 900), it was off to two U.S. Bank locations to sign autographs and meet some fans. The quote of the day came from a gentleman at the Moses Lake autograph session who told Nick Franklin, “You look better in person than in photographs…but I’m not saying you’re attractive.”
I had to stop signing for a good couple of minutes before I stopped laughing. I think Nick took the comment pretty well.
The best moment of yesterday’s trip actually came after the day was over. We stopped at a grocery story following our final event in Moses Lake so we could get some snacks for our two hour bus ride to Couer d’Alene. Forgetting that he was still wearing his Mariners jersey from the recent autograph session, Nick casually walked into the Safeway store wearing his “Franklin #6” Mariners white uniform top.
Within a minute, we were stopped by a fan in the produce section wanting to talk baseball. Needless to say, the jersey was then quickly removed.
Day three starts in Couer d’Alene with visits to Spokane and Post Falls. Should be fun!
Mariners broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith is currently on the road in Eastern Washington with the Mariners Winter Caravan. Here is an update from his first day where they toured around the Palm Springs of Washington (aka Yakima)…
Day 1 of the Mariners caravan to Eastern Washington was really fun. First it was off to Summitview Elementary in Yakima where Nick Franklin, Dave Valle and myself talked to the entire school about setting goals, staying drug free, and studying hard in school. Of course, no matter what we said, the Moose was the most popular guy in the room.
Then it was off to KTCR 980 where the three of us recorded some liners for our local radio affiliate. Val was a pro, and Franklin was pretty impressive, too.
Our first day wrapped up at the Sun Dome where a few hundred Mariners fans joined us to talk a little baseball. After about 20 minutes of Q&A, it was time to break out the Sharpies. It was close, but I feel like Franklin was slightly more popular than me in the autograph line. He let me know about it on our ride back to the hotel.
Day 2 is in Wenatchee. Should be a fun time!
If you were not able to turn into last night’s Hot Stove League Radio Show, have no worries, we’ve got you covered. You can listen to a podcast of the 2-hour show via Mariners.com (link).
This edition of the Hot Stove League featured hosts Aaron Goldsmith, Shannon Drayer and Mike Blowers interviewing relief pitchers Danny Farquhar and Charlie Furbush, bench coach Trent Jewett, Seattle Times columnist Larry Stone and broadcaster Dave Sims.
Throughout the season, Mariners broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith will provide content on From the Corner of Edgar & Dave, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the Mariners players and organization. Today he looks at the recent impressive outings by right-handed reliever Danny Farquhar.
After Danny Farquhar worked a season-high three scoreless innings on July 31 at Fenway park, pitching coach Carl Willis said the development of the right-hander’s curveball “raises his ceiling” and will “allow him to pitch more meaningful innings.” It was only three days later that Farquhar collected his first Major League save, and then racked up his second the very next afternoon.
Since going through a rough four-game stretch from July 6-19 (3.1 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 18.90 ERA), the 5-foot-9 Farquhar has given up only two hits over his last 11 2/3 scoreless innings spanning seven outings while walking four and fanning 18 batters.
Talking with Danny after his appearance against the Red Sox, he said that his cutter is still his best pitch. However, he was also quick to point out that adding his 12-6 curveball to his mix more often helps change hitters’ eye levels and thus plays off his cut and four-seam fastball well.
For as impressive as Farquhar was Sunday, retiring the three final hitters on nine pitches, the efforts of Yoervis Medina shouldn’t be lost. His slider was as filthy as we’ve seen it this year, and he looked awfully calm sitting down Manny Machado, Adam Jones, and Chris Davis in order in the seventh inning. The six batters he retired over two innings have a combined 98 home runs this season.