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April 4, 2012 at 3:15 PM

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Farewell from a King(ston): Reflections on spring training

Editor's note: Take 2's Jon Kingston saw his spring training experience as a reporter end Wednesday. He filed this final post, in hopes of one day catching a game at Safeco Field.

Looking back on my six weeks covering the Mariners this spring, I have to say I'm going to miss this team and the many people associated with it. It went by so fast, but I'll never forget the opportunity and experience I gained.

I always have and always will be a Chicago Cubs fan, but being around this team and these players this spring has absolutely turned a small part of me into a Mariners fan. There really isn't a bad guy in this group, and the personalities of Brendan Ryan, Shawn Kelley, Munenori Kawasaki, and Brandon League just to name a few, made the clubhouse a great place to be around.

Everyone on the coaching staff from manager Eric Wedge down to bullpen catcher Jason Phillips was great to deal with as well. They were never too busy or bothered to spend a couple minutes talking to any of us Arizona State students, and I think that says a lot about what this team is about and the type of ship they run.

I can't leave out the media relations staff and everyone with the Seattle Times that helped me out with anything I needed along the way. You guys are the best.

Lastly I want to say thanks to all of the readers who supported us this spring. Your loyalty and feedback is what this whole experience was about. Thanks!

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