The Blue Mountain Baseball League, formerly known as Babe Ruth Baseball, is back. The 2020 season was lost to COVID-19, but the league — open to players age 12-16 years old — will resume play this year starting this month. Registrations are now being taken.

Desperate to save its pandemic-delayed football season last fall, the Pac-12 made a wager. Rapid antigen tests — a new technology for detecting the coronavirus — had hit the market in recent months, offering results in 15 minutes. The Pac-12, and other athletic conferences, wanted to try an unproven use: to screen healthy athletes daily for the coronavirus.

Perhaps it will serve as a reality check to their actual place in the landscape of Major League Baseball. It's certainly offered yet another reminder for the Mariners that their margin for error — or errors in this game — is slim. Put simply, they aren't good enough to play poorly and beat any team they play.

As Mikal Thomsen, the owner of the Tacoma Rainiers, offered up a pregame speech to the first fans — an announced crowd of 2,851 — to return to Cheney Stadium for a baseball game since Sept. 2, 2019, he welcomed them back and thanked them for their patience and enduring the cancellation of the 2020 and a hiatus that has felt longer than 612 days.

The Seahawks and the other 31 NFL teams now know the dates of the major events of their offseason programs. Now to see who shows up and for what, with the NFL Players Association continuing to advise its members not to take part in on-field drills that are voluntary.

With real games scheduled to be played, featuring umpires, opponents that aren't your teammates or coaches and fans expected to be in the stands, Cheney Stadium won't feel like the hopeless purgatory of last summer when it was the Mariners' alternate-training site for the shortened 2020 season.

For most of the night, well, at least 7 1/2 innings, the Mariners seemed destined for yet another frustrating loss where they looked tepid at the plate, absent on the bases and diminished on the scoreboard.

When you saw Mariners pitcher Justus Sheffield wiggling his way out of jams and pinpointing sliders in Sunday's 2-0 win, were you celebrating the present or the future? When fellow M's starter Justin Dunn made it to the sixth inning for the third consecutive game four days earlier, were you thinking about what just happened or what's to come?

Sam Burns got some help from Keegan Bradley hitting into the water on the 13th hole, and then the 24-year-old from Louisiana took it from there with two big birdies that led to a 3-under 68 and a three-shot victory at the Valspar Championship on Sunday, May 2.