Touching base with Rick Rizzs and Jack Zduriencik

 

   Things were pretty loose down here in Peoria today and thus I got a chance to get up close with Rick Rizzs and Jack Zduriencik and tried to have a meaningful conversation with these two public figures. I have run into Rizzs several times over the years and as you will notice in the clip he is a pretty open and honest guy off the air. Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik on the other hand is a bit more elusive and prone to give out sound-bites in order to protect the organization.

   It is hard to say what really is going on with this organization after all we have been through in the past year, but I would venture to say that a lot of people at the top are ready to move on with 2011. Actually that is fine by me as the game of baseball is always moving forward with familiar patterns and rhythm’s which is probably why it is so soothing these days in a world full of turmoil. I would not go so far as to say there is confidence in the air down here in Peoria this year, but there is certainly a feeling of a club preparing in a tight and well orchestrated manner. This of course is a tribute to the Mariners new manager Eric Wedge who manages to appear both loose and intense at the same time, which is the perfect state of mind for a baseball team and it’s players.

   I am looking forward to the game tomorrow afternoon so we can begin to get a picture of how this team is going to shape-up in 2011. I am enjoying my trip thus far though I must say this whole Arizona thing does not sit well with my Maritime background. This is a fine Port to visit every Spring, but I am glad that my Home Port is Seattle. This area has been ravaged by the housing bust ,and the summers of 110 degree weather are not what this old sailor would consider to be a Snug Harbor.

   I grabbed a seat 5 rows behind home plate for $23 so look for me if you happen to be watching this first game of the long voyage tomorrow. Till then….smooth sailing.Go M’s! www.jeffsmariners.com

Comments

  1. Jon says

    Jeff,

    The content is good, but it’s essential that you spell people’s names correctly. Rick Rizzs is not spelled “Rizz” even if it sounds that way. Trust me. It doesn’t take a lot of time to proof these things and it will go a long way towards being a success.

    Are you still in Peoria?

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