Moose, Mariners have a message

Seattle ballplayers encourage Borah Elementary kids

Print Article

Macaylee Godin watches a highlight video with the Seattle Mariner's mascot during an assembly Thursday at Borah Elementary in Coeur d'Alene.

COEUR d'ALENE - The Moose stole the show, as he's apt to do.

The message from the professional ballplayers was important too, but it played second fiddle to the dancing rack of antlers, who worked the 380 students at Borah Elementary School into a borderline frenzy as part of the Seattle Mariners D.R.E.A.M. Team caravan tour that stopped in Coeur d'Alene Thursday to promote positive thinking and healthy living.

"He always does," said Sean Grindley, M's community program manager, on the Moose's ability to grab the limelight by high-fiving, dancing and shooting confetti across the gym. "It doesn't matter what players we bring."

Yeah, there were baseball players .

Former Mariner catcher Dave Valle, now a broadcaster for the team, joined outfielder Casper Wells and pitcher Charlie Furbush in teaching the youngsters the importance of staying drug-free, motivated, and educated while respecting themselves and others.

"What I want you to remember is how cool it is to be smart," said Valle, who became a school administrator in Bellevue, Wash., after he retired from 13 seasons of catching in the big leagues. "(Your teachers) are here to make you the best person you can possibly be."

Don't get sidetracked from chasing your dreams, the players, wearing their home white uniform tops, told the students.

"I know Casper and I couldn't put on this uniform if we weren't drug free," said Furbush, who was one of six pitchers to combine to no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers last season.

The annual winter tour, now decades old, not only gave the organization a chance to encourage healthy living for kids, but an opportunity to recruit new fans.

"I never even saw a baseball game," said first-grader Bella Croy, who wants to become an artist or horse trainer when she grows up, but was nonetheless mesmerized by the Moose after it made its grand entrance by shooting streamers all over the gym. "I don't even know what they do."

Coeur d'Alene is the tour's only Idaho stop, and after the assembly it was on to Walla Walla, Wash., for the players and Moose, who has a way of becoming kids' favorite player though he can't play.

It's true. The Moose wanted to become a ballplayer but couldn't hit, catch or pitch. He showed the kids how lousy he was at all three. Did that stop him? No. He made it to the bigs by dancing on dugouts and sheer determination.

But what about the real ballplayers' message about living life by thinking positively, respecting oneself and other and staying motivated to achieve your goals?

"I already knew all that," said student Boston Spear.

Kyler Harris enjoys a blast of confetti and streamers shot out over the students Mariner's masco during an assembly Thursday at Borah Elementary.

Print Article

Read More Local News

CLERGY and CLIMATE

October 22, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press COEUR d’ALENE — First, it was scientists who debated the possible consequences of climate change. Then it was politicians who weighed in, pro and con. And now... Religious leaders? Indeed, variou...

Comments

Read More

Halloween buzz

October 22, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press WORLEY — The tattoo gun buzzing a new design into Doug Cannon's right forearm was inaudible among the many other tattoo machines at work Saturday afternoon. He closed his eyes from time to time, sit...

Comments

Read More

Fatality on U.S. 95

October 22, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press An Otis Orchards man was killed in a one-car wreck on U.S. 95 south of Coeur d'Alene early Saturday morning. Idaho State Police reported Frank M. Reeves, 68, was driving a blue 2005 Chevrolet Silver...

Comments

Read More

U.S. Marshal warrant arrest made

October 22, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press POST FALLS — A U.S. Marshal warrant fugitive from Spokane was arrested and charged with several offenses Saturday morning. The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office reported Evan C. McGee, 30, was arrest...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2017 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X