Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.
April 17, 2008 12:31 PM
Posted by Geoff Baker
As promised, here's the video tour of McAfee Coliseum in Oakland. See it from ground level, including the short wall Miguel Batista was alleged to have hopped over when ejected during last summer's "brawl'' between the Mariners and Oakland A's. We all know he didn't do it. That manager John McLaren gave a story to the umpires so they didn't toss Ichiro instead. Afterwards, follow me through the concessions area over to "Mount Davis'' -- the massive center field bleacher area that Oakland Raiders boss Al Davis had built by the county when he moved his team back here from Los Angeles in the 1980s. We'll get a view from possibly the worst seats in baseball and talk to some A's fans as well.
If that doesn't satisfy you, and, in case you missed it last night, the video below is of the road trip it took to get here from Seattle. Includes the (one-way) clip of me doing my Talkin' Baseball segment on the Mitch in the Morning show on KJR 950 AM prior to departure (where Mitch asks who I think the Mariners will call up in Erik Bedard's spot), the flight here, the cab ride to downtown Oakland and the commuter train to the ballpark. Between the two videos, you should have a feel of what it's like to be here.