I'm beginning to feel cautiously optimistic about the hometown nine. The news from the Cactus League has been mostly positive lately. Of particular note, the Mariners have been swinging the bats with authority - something that they had been completely incapable of the last two seasons. This alone gives me hope that the outcome for the 2006 campaign will be much improved. The pitching staff is still a matter of concern (at least the starters anyway), but generally things do appear to be on track.
Now that Team Japan is eliminated from WBC competition, we should see the return of Ichiro! Edit: Okay - so they aren't eliminated just yet. Although there have been some good games in the WBC, I don't think I care for the rules very much. *sigh*
Does anybody really think that Fernando Vina is going to play in even one Cactus League game?
How can the M's break camp without Petagine on the 25 man squad?