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.
Braves starter Julio Teheran dazzled in his return from the 10-day disabled list on Sunday, tossing six no-hit inning against the Padres. He walked three and struck out 11 batters on 95 pitches. Unfortunately for Teheran and for the Braves, the no-hit bid ended quickly as reliever Shane Carle surrendered a one-out single to Cory Spangenberg in the seventh inning. Nevertheless, the Braves went on to win 4-1 over the Padres.
Teheran, 27, went on the disabled list on June 5 with a right thumb contusion. He apparently suffered the injury while batting during his June 4 start against the Padres. Following Sunday’s effort, Teheran now carries a 3.97 ERA with a 67/36 K/BB ratio in 77 innings this season.
Coincidentally, Teheran has a spotless ERA on Father’s Day across four starts. Here were the results from his previous three starts:
- June 16, 2013 vs. Giants: 6 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K
- June 21, 2015 vs. Mets: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K
- June 19, 2016 at Mets: 9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K