Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reported that the Mariners hired a mariachi band to follow outfielder Leonys Martin around wherever he went on Monday, his 29th birthday.
Teammate Kyle Seager paid for the band and then paid even more money to keep them around for an extra hour.
Here’s a video of Martin hitting in the cage with a sombrero on while the mariachi band plays behind him.
And here’s Martin singing along with the band:
It’s certainly an interesting way to celebrate a player’s birthday and it seemed like everyone had a lot of fun. Kudos to manager Scott Servais for going along with it. As Divish pointed out, the idea probably wouldn’t have been allowed under former Mariners manager Eric Wedge.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.