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Byline: Jerry Brewer
TACOMA, Wash. _ The first sign came when the little girls started shrieking. The guess here is that little girls don't often shriek at minor-league-baseball news conferences.
Usually, they don't care to attend. Or even get the option to attend. So this was an odd day. Refreshingly odd.
"I wouldn't be here if my aunt didn't work here," one girl, about 10, whispered to another.
"Yeah, you have to be invited," her friend replied.
Yeah, only VIPs could witness this: Nick Lachey's introduction as part-owner of the Tacoma Rainiers.
The pop star now has a piece of the Mariners' Class AAA affiliate. It's the biggest M's-related news of the offseason. If you're not inspired to buy some tickets, maybe you'll settle for a CD.
The great Yogi Berra once said, as only he can: …