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