Spring Training Open Thread: Game 1 (Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics)

PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 27: Manny Ramirez of the Oakland Athletics poses for a portrait during spring training photo day at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on February 27, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Can't access Gameday Audio? Try this link! - Zonis

Good afternoon, and welcome to a brand-new baseball season! This is without a doubt, the best time of year, especially for a projected-to-struggle team; the A's can't muck up the shiny new season yet! And they have the first game; that has to be a good sign, right?

We know very little about this year's team; we know that Brandon McCarthy and Bartolo Colon will be the #1 and #2 starters for the Opening Days later this month in Japan (less than a month; can you believe it!?), we don't have a third baseman, I have no idea who will be playing first base, or the outfield, for that matter, but hey, it's baseball!

Spring Training certainly should mean more to us than other teams; it will be a true "play to earn a spot" competition as we pare this group of 60-ish players down to a 40 man roster, and ultimately a 25-man active roster.

Should we get started?

Taking the mound to start the game for the A's will be #45, RHP Graham Godfrey.

The A's will start with the following lineup:

Weeks (2B)
Pennington (SS)
Crisp (CF)
Ramirez (DH)
Smith (LF)
Reddick (RF)
Suzuki (C)
Allen (1B)
Donaldson (3B)

Here is the GameDay link.

For the first time this season, LET'S GO OAK-LAND!

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