Mariners Lift Spirits at Spokane Children's Hospital - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Seattle Mariners

Mariners Lift Spirits at Spokane Children's Hospital

Updated:
Casper Wells (left) and Charlie Furbush (right) joined Mariner Moose and Mike Blowers in a visit to Sacred Heart Children's Hospital on Wednesday (Photo: SWX) Casper Wells (left) and Charlie Furbush (right) joined Mariner Moose and Mike Blowers in a visit to Sacred Heart Children's Hospital on Wednesday (Photo: SWX)
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A pair of Mariners made a meaningful stop in Spokane Wednesday, visiting sick kids at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.

Pitcher Charlie Furbush and outfielder Casper Wells were on hand, as were the Mariner Moose and Mike Blowers, for the get well tour. The players spend the afternoon meeting and talking with kids, taking pictures and signing autographs.

The players had an obvious impact on the children, but the Mariners see it the other way around.

"Just a part of making these kids smile and laugh a little bit, it's so important and they really need that," said Wells.

"Just to take their mind off some of the troubles they're going through, just for a few minutes, it makes it worth it," added now-broadcaster Mike Blowers. "It was a lot of fun to come visit the hospital."

Perhaps nothing, though, was better than watching Mariner Moos light up the children's faces.

"When the Moose came and busted through the door they seemed to just glow, and it's really something special to see how excited those kids are, how much excitement you can bring to them."

The Mariners Caravan continues its tour through Washington through the month of January. They are in Walla Walla on Thursday and in Tri-Cities on Friday. They wrap up the tour in Tukwila on January 25.

 

*Mobile users can see video of the Mariners' visit here: http://bit.ly/UTdrwV

  • Extra PointsExtra PointsMore>>

  • UPDATED: Local Team At Babe Ruth World Series

    UPDATED: Local Team At Babe Ruth World Series

    Spokane's own Babe Ruth 14-Year-Old team, Inland Select, won the Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament in Columbia Falls, Mont two weekends ago to earn one of 10 spots in the Babe Ruth World Series in Ocala, Fla. from Aug. 15-22.>>
    Spokane's own Babe Ruth 14-Year-Old team, Inland Select, won the Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament in Columbia Falls, Mont two weekends ago to earn one of 10 spots in the Babe Ruth World Series in Ocala, Fla. from Aug. 15-22.
    >>
  • Jeremy Affeldt Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge For ALS From SWX's Michelle Dapper

    Jeremy Affeldt Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge For ALS From SWX's Michelle Dapper

    Spokanite and former Northwest Christian star pitcher Jeremy Affeldt accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) from SWX's Michelle Dapper.>>
    Spokanite and former Northwest Christian star pitcher Jeremy Affeldt accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) from SWX's Michelle Dapper.>>
  • New Brewster Golf Course, Gamble Sands Opening Soon

    New Brewster Golf Course, Gamble Sands Opening Soon

    Amidst all of the bad that is happening in North Central Washington, there is a glimmer of beauty opening soon in the form of the brand new Gamble Sands Golf Course.>>
    Amidst all of the bad that is happening in North Central Washington, there is a glimmer of beauty opening soon in the form of the brand new Gamble Sands Golf Course.
    >>
  • Pro SportsProMore>>

  • Seahawks Spank Chicago In Third Preseason Game

    Seahawks Spank Chicago In Third Preseason Game

    Seattle's defense is expected to among the best in the NFL again. If Russell Wilson and the Seahawks' offense can play this well in the regular season, look out.>>
    Seattle's defense is expected to among the best in the NFL again. If Russell Wilson and the Seahawks' offense can play this well in the regular season, look out.>>
  • Jackson Key In Miraculous Mariners Comeback

    Jackson Key In Miraculous Mariners Comeback

    Austin Jackson's bases-loaded double with two outs in the ninth inning keyed a five-run rally, and the Seattle Mariners sent the Boston Red Sox to their sixth straight loss, 5-3 on Friday night.>>
    Austin Jackson's bases-loaded double with two outs in the ninth inning keyed a five-run rally, and the Seattle Mariners sent the Boston Red Sox to their sixth straight loss, 5-3 on Friday night.>>
  • Shock's Sanders Wins Playmaker Award

    Shock's Sanders Wins Playmaker Award

    Terrance Sanders was named the AFL's J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Year on Friday. (Photo: Shock MR)Terrance Sanders was named the AFL's J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Year on Friday. (Photo: Shock MR)
    At the 2014 AFL Awards Ceremony in Cleveland on Thursday, the Arena Football League announced the winners of its most coveted individual honors. Arizona Rattlers quarterback Nick Davila brought home a pair of awards, including the Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Year and AFL MVP of the Year. San Jose SaberCats nose guard Jason Stewart earned Riddell Defensive Player of the Year honors, while Spokane Shock defensive back Terrance Sanders was recognize...>>
    At the 2014 AFL Awards Ceremony in Cleveland on Thursday, the Arena Football League announced the winners of its most coveted individual honors. Arizona Rattlers quarterback Nick Davila brought home a pair of awards, including the Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Year and AFL MVP of the Year. San Jose SaberCats nose guard Jason Stewart earned Riddell Defensive Player of the Year honors, while Spokane Shock defensive back Terrance Sanders was recognize...>>