Originally posted on Seattle Times  |  Last updated 11/21/11
PHOTO CAPTION: This photo supplied by Dan Cortes was taken after the Class AAA Tacoma Rainers won the PCL title last year. Greg Halman is second from left, with Cortes in the middle. Mariners third base prospect Alex Liddi is on the far left while outfielder Michael Wilson, who also played for Seattle this summer, is on the far right. Dan Cortes didn't always think that he and Greg Halman were going to hit it off. When Cortes was traded to the Mariners from the Royals in 2009, he joined the team's Class AA West Tennessee affiliate in Montgomery, Ala. for a series. The team was taking batting practice outside and Cortes was in the clubhouse. He took his shirt off to start putting on his uniform when Halman and some others walked inside. Halman saw a tattoo on Cortes's back and started speaking to a teammate about it in Spanish, unaware that Cortes was of hispanic heritage and understood the language. "He was talking stuff about my tattoo,'' Cortes said. "I kept quiet about it insid...
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