What is on Second? Last Friday the Mariners trotted out an new second baseman, one that's even more famous than resident All-Star Robinson Cano. Will Ferrell took a break from comedic leading roles to play a half inning in the field for the Mariners. It was all part of a day-long stunt where Ferrell played all ten baseball positions (including DH) for ten different teams over the course of five Cactus League Spring Training games. A production crew was on hand to shoot the festivities for an upcoming Funny or Die special for HBO, and game-used items will be auctioned off to raise money for cancer research. Since Spring Training is a monotonous suckhole and all the stats have no correlation to the players' actual performances during the Major League Baseball season, we welcome these types of diversions. (P.S. I think Cano's job is safe.)
Wilson's Newest Target In real Seattle sports news, the Seahawks shocked the rest of the National Football League last week when they traded for New Orleans Saints All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham. He instantly becomes the best pass catcher in Russell Wilson's arsenal by an order of magnitude of roughly 10,000 (with apologies to the ever-clutch Jermaine Kearse). Weirdly, he also become the most famous active dunking athlete playing in Seattle, seeing as how the NFL had to ban his signature slam dunk touchdown celebration after he broke a goalpost in 2012 (though Graham kept doing it and taking the fine). Check out a great fan-shot video of the inciting incident below.
Listen While Seattle's La Luz readies for the craziness of SXSW this week, frontwoman Shana Cleveland also has her mind on expanding her sonic horizons. Last week, she unveiled "Golden Days," the first song from her new band Shana Cleveland and the Sandcastles, and it's a stark departure from the surf rock sounds of La Luz. The song drifts along with an Northwest woodsy folkiness imbued with finger-picked guitar, string accompaniment, and her haunting breathy vocals. Shana Cleveland and the Sandcastles' debut album Oh Man, Cover the Groud arrives May 26 on Suicide Squeeze Records.
Failure Personified Here's a true pick-me-up to close things out: Just know that no matter what you do, you'll always be doing it better than this guy's attempt to drain a half court shot for $1 million at last week's Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Tournament...