Seattle Mariners closer Fernando Rodney spent much of Wednesday’s game against the Colorado Rockies in the bullpen forest.
All major-league bullpens are pretty much the same. There’s a mound with two pitching rubbers, a bench and a phone. But the one at Coors Field is unique, and Mariners closer Fernando Rodney took full advantage.
Yep, that’s a forest.
Rodney trotted out there in about the sixth inning and hung around until he was called on to close out the game.
Unfortunately, the rest and relaxation didn’t do him any good. Rodney came on with one out in the bottom of the ninth and Seattle leading by two. He walked the first batter he saw, then allowed back-to-back hits and the Rockies tied the game, forcing extra innings.
- Dan Gartland