May 9, 2006

SNELLS LIKE TIBET SPIRIT:

Here comes Chris Snelling (again) (ART THIEL, May 10, 2006, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER)

Chris Snelling was back in town Tuesday, and faster than a 6-4-3 double play, the conversation whipped around to Tibetan monks.

With Snelling, direction and outcome are rarely knowable.

The young Australian outfielder, whose health history resembles a fall down the Space Needle stairwell, was analyzing a subject he knows well -- pain. He'd seen a show on the Discovery Channel that explained how the Himalayan holy men had mastered the art of mind over matter so well that they could sleep in the snow without blankets and emerge undamaged and rested.

"It's all mental," he said with the conviction of a man who really has no other choice but to believe. "They've trained their minds so well they can control their body temperatures."

If Snelling gets the head game down, he's got a shot to make the major league lineup this season. Yeah, Mariners fans have heard that before. But this time, he begins a rehabilitation assignment today in Triple-A Tacoma, which is only a couple of hours from his new bed in a Mount Rainier glacier.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 9, 2006 11:59 PM
Comments

Based on Snelling's recent run of luck, sounds like this is a good time to put down a bet on the renewal of volcanic activity at Mount Rainier.

Posted by: John at May 10, 2006 9:44 AM

The young Australian outfielder, whose health history resembles a fall down the Space Needle stairwell...

Great line.

Posted by: pchuck at May 10, 2006 10:31 AM

"It' s all mental":

that's just what I told my wife during her first labor!

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at May 10, 2006 12:46 PM
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