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Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.

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February 5, 2008 4:31 PM

Bedard deal vs. Blog Fest

Posted by Geoff Baker

As you may or may not have deduced, Erik Bedard was not in Seattle for his physical today. He may arrive here yet on an inbound flight, possibly today. But if he doesn't get here until tomorrow, I don't like the odds of a Wednesday press conference. More like Thursday. And we all know what's happening on that day, right? You don't? Well, it's the great Seattle Times Mariners Blog Event. Remember, the RSVPs close for good tomorrow. Can't give you an exact time when the link will close down because we have to cap it at a certain number. So, if you're thinking of coming out, you might as well RSVP today.

Now, if the press conference was at, say, 3 p.m., all that would mean is that yours truly will be sweating buckets by the time the Blog Event gets underway at 6:30 p.m. But I'll be there. Have no fear. We have folks coming in from out of town, so there will be no cancellation. Bedard will have to wait. I was at the King 5 studios in downtown Seattle today to talk in-studio with host Paul Silvi about the up-coming event and what life running this blog and interracting with some of you has been like.

If you want to see it, you can catch it at 9:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m. or 12:30 a.m. on Northwest Sports Tonight on King 5. Or, you can see it on KONG TV at 10:30 p.m. (UPDATE: 11:55 p.m. -- or, you can see it right here.) Being fresh off the snomobile from Canada, I still have no real clue what KONG TV is, but it sounds kind of cool. Like a giant ape. Anyhow, Silvi was quite the gracious host as I plugged the blog event like a used car salesman -- complete with the sports jacket. Tune in if you get tired of seeking things out online.

In other TV news, FSN and the Mariners today announced their 2008 television schedule, which includes more than 150 games -- all in HD format. So, you'll be able to get a nice, clear picture of whether this Erik Bedard trade was worth the wait. Prior to this year, FSN carried about 107 games per season while local stations picked up another 30 or so. This year, after a new deal between the M's and the network, all the games will be on FSN or MLB's national package on Fox.

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