After a week of sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s and 80s, gray Northwest weather has arrived for today’s first full-squad workout for the Mariners.
The temperature is supposed to remain decent (60s) but there’s a 70 percent chance of rain, with the heaviest supposed to hit around mid-morning when the team is scheduled to go outside. Before that, the storm will take place in the clubhouse, where manager Eric Wedge will deliver his rules, regulations and motivation to the team.
As of 8 a.m., dark clouds had moved over Peoria and there were a few sprinkles, but not enough to stop early conditioning work for the pitchers.
Inside, Tacoma Rainiers manager (and interim Mariners manager the last two months of last season) Darren Brown proudly talked about his four-month-old daughter Chloe, who’s back at home in Texas.
It’s not easy being a long-distance dad, but thanks to technology Brown is able to see Chloe and wife Cindy via Skype. Cindy has hooked the computer feed into the family’s big-screen TV, which makes for a huge Darren Brown image. He said it hasn’t scared the baby.
Brown also said he doesn’t speak baby-talk, especially from his Peoria hotel room.
“I’m afraid someone might walk by the room and wonder what’s going on in there,” he said.