Before talking about anything else, Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge wants to make one thing clear: He's coming back, and he's coming back strong. That mild stroke he suffered back on July 22? Wedge alternately describes it as a "wake-up call," "a big bump in the road" and a "shot across the bow."
If you're familiar with Wedge, if you've ever heard him speak in a postgame interview, you know he is a man of conviction, not one to shrink from a challenge. Yet his latest challenge, he admits, is unique. He won't be the same manager when he rejoins the Mariners on Friday; he can't be.
Still, the way Wedge sees it, his best days lie ahead.
"It's just about prioritizing and making sure you keep the right perspective," Wedge told FOX Sports on Monday. "I'm an 'all-in' type of guy. Obviously a lot goes into this job. When you're as passionate as I am about it and respect it as much as I do, it's just something where you had better be careful day to day.
"I'm not going to change who I...