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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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June 6, 2008 5:23 AM

Off-day away from Mariners

Posted by Geoff Baker

Sometimes, when a season is going down the tubes, it's great to escape from everything with a trip back home. I spent the off-day at my childhood home, visiting my mother, in Laval, Quebec outside of Montreal. I haven't actually lived in the home since 1990. Left the city entirely 10 years ago this week to end my news career and begin covering baseball in Toronto. I now identify more with Seattle as "home" but sometimes it's just nice to get back to where it all began. Don't get back nearly as often as I'd like because of geography, travel and work commitments. Easier to bring family over to Washington for visits.

To get there, had to fly on my regular travel leg from Seattle to Minneapolis to Boston and then bought myself an extra round trip ticket to Montreal. First flight was at 7 a.m. arriving in Montreal at 10:30 p.m. local time. A warning. This video is mostly a baseball-free zone. Sometimes, we need those during a season like this. Enjoy the video. I'm off to the airport now to make the return flight to Boston to cover the Red Sox series starting tonight. We'll have more video from Boston and Fenway Park later this weekend. We'll see what the mood of the team is tonight. Should be interesting.

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