Erik Bedard's pitching line from his Mariners debut: one run on three over five innings, four walks and five strikeouts, 106 pitches, only 59 for strikes in an eventual 5-2 Seattle win.
A subtext to the Bedard story will be how he gets on with the media there, considering he's the new guy and he's living in a fishbowl. Geoff Baker blogged that Bedard "wasn't very forthcoming" after the game. Jerry Brewer, who's a fine writer, will have a column later today that should fill in more of the picture.
Bedard managed to get out of the fifth inning with a 1-1 tie intact.
Baker talked to some of the left-hander's childhood pals from Navan for an Opening Day Seattle Times feature. The Erik Bedard in that story seems pretty easy to relate to: Small-town guy, with a bit of a shy side, kind of a private person. Speaking from experience, that kind of reserve can often be taken for being aloof if people want to look for warts or aren't interested in getting to know you.
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