To Ibanez, Every Opening Day Is Special

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To Ibanez, Every Opening Day Is Special
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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Ask Raul Ibanez for his favorite Opening Day memory and it's not surprising that he comes up with a collage of recollections rather than a single vision. After all, this is a guy who's been playing professional baseball for the past 22 years, including 18 in the Major Leagues, and has relished every one of those opportunities. Ibanez is preparing for this third go-round with the Mariners, who begin their season Monday in Oakland and will play their home opener at Safeco Field on April 8. The 40-year-old outfielder can't wait to add those dates to his Opening Day collection...

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