I know that there’s a lot baseball going on but just for a few seconds, I want you to rewind back to last Friday and place yourself with me in beautiful Seattle, Washington.
DG has finally taken on Safeco Field for the first time in 2010. The phrase, “a kid in a candy store” comes to mind when I think of that fluttering feeling I got when I walked up those stairs from the CF entrance at Safeco with a Ken Griffey Jr “The Kid” bobblehead held tightly against my heart. I’m sure I looked like a freak as I just stood there in awe with a dumb smile on my face. How can one place make you feel so at home and content not mattering how many times you go there? That’s Safeco Field for me.
Safeco Field, will you make a studio apartment for me in one of your suites? Thank you ♥.
This day was exciting, nerve-wrecking, bittersweet, all at once. It was exciting because I was finally going to a Mariners game. because I was able to reunite with a dear friend from my college days that I haven’t seen in a few years and because I was going to get a Griffey Jr bobblehead. It was nerve-wrecking because the drive to Safeco Field is a bee-ai-tee-see-eich on gameday, because I was scared I won’t make it in time to get a bobblehead, and because the Mariners were facing Bonderman was pitching (he had an 1.80 ERA from his last start). It was bittersweet because the visiting team was the Tigers and most of you know I used to live there and am overcoming a break up of which my former other half is still in Michigan.
After Kaylee and I got our bobbleheads, we headed to the Team Store where we purchased matching hoodies and Mariners headphones (I know, ridiculous). We strolled around the park, taking all the beauty of it in until we realized that the Mariners Moose was taking photos! We joined the lines with all the other 10 year olds because we have no shame. The moose was so furry and friendly; love him! Post Moose loving, we got our signature garlic fries and whole lemon lemonade and headed up to our seats.
The LF Bleachers is by far my favorite place to sit. Sure, when my parents are in town and they’re willing to cough up $100 per person I like to sit elsewhere, but since that wasn’t happening on Friday, we sat in the 180’s area. It’s right above the bullpen which is nice because if a great pitcher from the visiting team was practicing, I can potentially
accidentaly drop something on his head?
Ok, no. I’m not that mean.
If by any chance you (yes, you) were sitting in section 184 on Friday night, I have a message for you guys at the end of this entry.
I know this is quite the fast-forwarding but the Mariners won 11-2 against the Tigers that night. It’s kind of hard to write an entry about a game when a team scores that much. He did this, he did that, then he stole this and then that….
Let’s just say that everyone contributed one way or another to the 11, King Felix finally got his first well-deserved win and let the pictures do the talking,….
Kaylee and I rejoicing right after we got our bobbelheads!
Welcome to Safeco Field! YAY!
Felix warming up in the bullpen!
It was Jackie Robinson Day! Everyone was wearing #42 🙂
YES, this is the Griffey Jr bobblehead! Are you jealous?
Ah, the (in?)famous Garlic Fries and whole lemon lemonade.
Look how happy Kaylee looks with her Shishkaberries! 🙂
Happy to be reunited and with the bobblehead!
Yes, we scored ELEVEN on the little kittehs.
Oh, you talented person, you. Oh, and his picture was the only decent looking picture.
I LOVE it when they do their little dance routine! Do they do this at other parks too?
What’s a reunion without a goofy picture?
Must I explain?
If you can’t tell from the pictures, the game was amazing. Did it cost me a fortune to eat at Safeco? Yes. Did it cost me an arm and a leg to park anywhere near Safeco? Yes. Did it take me 1.5 hours just to get out of the vicinity of 1st Ave? Yes. Did I get home at 1:30AM just to have the alarm blast in my ear at 7:00AM? Yes.
But does any of that matter?
I’m a slave to the game of baseball, everyone! ♥
….till next time. 🙂
Dear Section 184 from 04/16/10:
A big thank you. I always tend to have the worst luck and have some d-bag (or multiple) sitting around me that makes the game a little less enjoyable but I can honestly say that last night the crowd was great. Who knows if any 184-ers are reading this? I’m just taking a shot and thanking you. The kids were well behaved and the adults surrounding us were enthusiatic yet not overboard. The four guys behind us were making the most hilarious comments and I also enjoyed that a lot. I figured it would be more than creepy to turn around and say, “Hey you guys were real funny, thanks!”. Plus, our section started the extremely successful wave at Safeco! HOLLERRRRRR! 🙂
[[Some pictures courtsey of Kaylee Engels aka my Mariners partner in crime]
Since I’ve been a lot more nice than naughty this whole year, here’s a list of everything I want.
First of all, it’s pretty obvious but I would absolutely adore for the Mariners to at least be crowned AL West Champions but why stop there, right?
I want the Mariners to win the WORLD SERIES.
Yes, I said it.
I want the Mariners to win their first World Series Championship ever. Seriously though, with Ichiro, Felix, Wilson and our newest additions Figgins and Lee?
Come on, now. This would be the year to win it, if ever!
Santa, the Mariners obviously have what it takes, so will you please supply them with that extra push?
I also would love love looooove this pictured player to join the Mariners.
Are the chances slim?
………………..yes, but that’s why I’m asking you, Santa!
How perfect would he be in our very empty left field?
Perfect would be an understatement. If we can get Bay in the Mariners, pssshh, I probably don’t even have to ask Santa for a World Series championship!
On a side note, isn’t this picture funny? A major leaguer life guard? Sounds good to me ♥
For any Mariner.
Must I elaborate?
But….my biggest and most important delivery I need from you, Santa, is for you to enlarge your sleigh, recruit some more reindeers, pile all the U.S soldiers that are overseas and bring them back home safe and sound.
That may take a few trips but I hear you deliver presents all across the world overnight. :]
Hopefully that’s not too much to ask…
….what? I’ve been naughty this year?
I’m slowly adjusting back into the working girl life (thank you for the wishes, I got the job!) in the best coast…I mean, west coast, while I, together with my Grandpa, sulk that baseball season is practically over.
For Mariners fans anyway.
Now call me cheesy but I got teary-eyed watching the final game of the Mariners season. The boys won 4-3 against the Texas Rangers and so much happened in the game. Not one player gets honorable mention because practically everyone did. Felix got his 19th win this season while he vies for the Cy Young, David Aardsma closed the game, Ichiro had a hit and a run, Griffey had a hit, Guttierrez scored some runs, Lopez scored the winning run, Batista had a perfect 8th inning and Wakamatsu led the team for their 85th win of the season.
I cannot believe the Mariners had such a great rebound year after last year’s 101 game loss. With Bavasi gone, that should have been a good sign anyway, but when the new GM chose Wakamatsu, there were definitely some speculation as to how he was going to perform as the new skipper for a disconnected 40-man-40-cab team after the 2008 season. I hate to say it but the 2008 Mariners were plain sad to watch. No player chemistry or respect, no smiles or hugs….and of course barely any wins. I am a Mariners fan through thick and thin but no season was as tough as the ’08 season.
Hiring Jack Zduriencik (GM) and Don Wakamatsu was truly the best change the organization could have made.
Now only if they would hire me as the assistant coach, right? :]
Actually, I’ve always wanted to organize a dance team for the Mariners. I admit, one of the many things I like about baseball is that there are no cheerleaders or dancers dressed in close-to-nothing making provocative moves. However, as a former dancer (jazz/hip hop) and a Mariners fanatic, I would have so much fun making up a dance team for the M’s! It would consist of dancers of all ages, we’d wear Mariners jerseys and have dance moves that everyone in the stadium can learn! Oh I wish ♥
As the Yankees and Phillies compete for the World Series Championship, I truly wish the best for both teams! I’m going to have to jump on the Phillies band-wagon though, because I’m assuming the Yankees have enough intense supporters and I think the Phillies can use some DG oomph ♥ Good luck to both teams, though!
Also, I’d like to say a special farewell to my favorite catcher, Kenji Johjima. The news came as a surprise when the fans were informed that he was breaking his 3 year contract to return to Japan. In a nutshell, there was some controversey with the reason of breaking the contract. Joh had told the Mariners he was leaving due to the fact that he wasn’t close to his family. However, Joh told the Japanese media that he was leaving because he wasn’t going to get any playing time next year with Johnson taking most of the spot-light this season. Joh had told them he wanted to be their main catcher, not their back-up. According to a Japanese article I read, you can’t opt out of a contract just because you aren’t satisfied with your position or playing time; yet you can opt out if it’s for a family issue. Apparently Mariners management are not happy with Johjima and his communication discrepancy between the Japanese media and the U.S media. Ah well. As a fan, none of that matters. I just have to say I’ll miss him and wish him the best back home in Japan. I’m sure he’ll continue to play amazing baseball.
But jeez, now I have to buy a new Mariners t-shirt. I’m starting to accumulate ex-Mariners t-shirts in my bottom drawer. It’s kind of a dilemma for a Mariners fan to choose whose t-shirt they should buy without it becoming unwearable after a season. I’m guessing I’m good to go for a few years if I buy an Ichiro t-shirt.
As far as next season….
……will the Mariners go for 85+ wins next season? Is Griffey returning for perhaps one more season? Is Johnson’s hip surgery going to affect his performance next season? Is Moore going to be a sufficient enough catcher to fill the shoes of a departing Johjima? Will Ichiro keep breaking his own record and go for 10 years in a row to hit 200+ hits? Will Felix get 20 wins? Will Aardsma have 45+ saves once again? Is Beltre coming back to man third base? Which J.Wilson (Jack or Josh) will rise above during the off-season to dominate as SS? Will Gutierrez continue to build on his successful season? Is Branyan signing with the Mariners and will he lead in HRs again despite his back? Will Zduriencik and Wakamatsu find an efficient third-base coach?
As you can see, fans and I have a lot of questions. Yet, all I want to do now is sit back and reminisce on the fantastic season the Mariners have given us this season.
Thank you boys for giving me a reason to be passionate!
Rest up though, because spring training will be here before you know it ♥
Oh boy, the time has come to crawl out of my fantasy world where I’m determined that the Mariners still have a shot at winning at least the Wild Card race.
I know that sounds completely ridiculous but I’m sure everyone knows the feeling of purposely being a teeny tiny bit ignorant about watching your favorite team fall out of contention.
So here I am, finally (and forcefully) waving the white flag. When the Mariners traded away Jarrod Washburn, that was pretty much the GM waving the flag but me being stubborn, I knowingly ignored that. Oh to find out your team has become a “seller”.
Mariners, you broke my heart again!
Thank your lucky stars I’m going on vacation so I don’t have too much time to sulk and be depressed. However, I will be back in Seattle for vacation so you guys had better be ready for some Diamond Girl power at Safeco Field. ♥ I’m so excited I can actually watch the Mariners on FSN every game!
What really forced me to admit to the team becoming a seller was the four game series against the big, bad Texas Rangers. It was a four game series and after the 3rd game I thought maybe we can at least tie the game but that didn’t happen.
This is the result of the series:
7/30: 1-7 Rangers
7/31: 4-5 Rangers
8/1: 7-2 Mariners
8/2: 2-4 Rangers
I guess I can find solace in knowing we didn’t get swept but losing 3 games is kind of a sweep.
It’s hard to criticize the Rangers, 1. because they’re better than the Mariners and 2. because I’ve always liked the Rangers. I don’t know what it is about them (yes, apart from the fact that I ♥ Kinsler, Hamilton and Saltalamacchia :]) but I always find myself cheering them on when the Wild Card rankings really start to matter (they always start showing the wild card rankings right after the All Star game…too soon!).
For the fourth game, Snell, our newest member from the Pittsburgh Pirates made his first start as a Mariner.
Considering his win-loss ratio from when he was a Pirate and the fact that he was playing against the Texas Rangers, I suppose his performance was fairly solid. He gave up 2 runs which were both homers and struck out 4.
Personally, I’m not quite sure if I was satisfied or not. I mean, he’s better than Olson (most are, and please don’t get me started on Olson. I’m highly irate and dangerous when I hear his name) but my expectations were probably set too high for him. I think he did well against the Rangers, it was just a tough loss that night and it wasn’t his fault. Again, our RPs messed it up. Thanks to White, we threw away what could have been a tied series against our arch nemesis.
The 3rd game was very nice. Felix got his 12th win despite his struggle. Jose Lopez and Ken Griffey Jr. both went 3 for 5. When Felix pitches, Lopez averages a .338 with 8 doubles, 5 homers and 18 RBIs.
Felix and Lopez = BFFs. :]
How can I forget Ichiro? Although he went 0 for 4 in the first game of the series (wow!), he had at least 2 hits a game for the rest of the series. With his batting average, I feel it’s the best decision to put a higher average player to bat 9th. I’m guessing that would help produce more runs for the team. That seems pretty obvious but perhaps I’m too naiive.
Ichiro is also well on his way to 200+ hits for 10 seasons in a row.
What an amazing feat.
Just like President Obama told Ichiro that made him giggle like a kid, he’s a future Hall of Famer for sure. It won’t be anytime soon since there’s apparently no slowing down for #51 but in the years to come, I’m excited to see him inching closer to his entrance to Cooperstown. ♥
So the next three series are against the Kansas City Royals. Unfortunately we won’t be facing the amazing Zack Greinke or Gil Meche (I believe he’s on the DL) but I’m crossing my fingers that I get to see the Royals in their baby blue uniform that makes them look like softies (see below). Note, I’m not making fun of that, I actually ♥ it. I like the Royals, mostly because there are a few former Mariners so I’ll be able to enjoy watching the game without getting livid and/or stressed out. Hehe. :]
On a personal note, I’m going on vacation and leaving Mo-Town tomorrow morning for Portland, Oregon and then to my second home-sweet-home, Seattle, Washington. For the next week while I’m in Portland I highly doubt I’ll be blogging at all but once I’m home in Seattle, I’ll be back. :]
Wait, the Pacific Northwest doesn’t look like that. More like this:
Till I’m back, best of luck to all your teams!
I was antsy all day at work because the dark skies looked like they were barely holding onto the massive rain pour that the weatherman had been predicting all week. After I got out of work, it was starting to rain and I was absolutely devastated! By the time my boyfriend and I got to Comerica, everyone and everything was completely soaked. I was fairly miserable but I figured the Mariners and I brought the Seattle weather with us. We got more than a couple comments about that when we were walking around Comerica :]
My mission: To be the sole good luck charm for the Mariners after getting mauled by the Tigers the night before.
We were seated in the OD area, only 5 rows directly behind home base so we got escorted by an usher that immediately noticed our Mariners gear and told us, “Hey you know there’s no obscene clothing allowed in Comerica, right?” Hehe. It was my first time being the minority fan at such a strong fan-based park, so to be honest, I was pretty nervous!
While we waited, we got to see some of the M’s playing catch and coming out to sign autographs. The rain meant no BP, which was disappointing, but it was nice to see some of the players. I even got to see Beltre who has been injured for a while, looking like he’ll be back soon. :] (Left: Beltre Right: Cocoran and White)
This was a pitcher’s duel if there ever was one. The rain delay seemed to have affected Felix because he was slow to warm up to his potential, and boy did I underestimate Galarraga! He was absolutely amazing and made me want to sink into my seat and disappear at times. All the Mariners were having an extremely hard time getting any hits. After all, the Mariners ended up having only 2 hits and only 1 was from Galarraga!
King Felix lived up to his name:
Seattle’s own “Ninja” contributing as usual:
I had taken some time during work (oops!) to make this poster, and I had a hard time taking it out because there was no rally for eight innings!
But of course I took it out anyway!
You know how some games, you can just keep writing and writing about all the hits and the amazing plays that are made?
……….well this game, being a pitcher’s duel and only 8 hits in total, there’s not much to say but that the pitchers were absolutely amazing, defense was outstanding and last but definitely not least, THANK GOD FOR RUSSELL BRANYAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
After I busted out my poster (pretty sure that’s why :]), Ichiro got on first base on a fielder’s choice, and Branyan crushed Seay’s ball 415 ft out to center field.
(I totally would have taken a picture of Branyan’s homer but I was waaaay too busy jumping, shouting/screaming and doing the victory dance! So this picture is brought to you courtesy of SeattleMariners.com. Hehe. :] )
Who would have thought that these two amazing athletes would win the game for me (oh, and the Mariners :]) right after I took this picture (left)?
When my boyfriend and I were jumping up and down, dancing (I guess I was the only one dancing :]) and cheering for Ichiro and Russell, this guy a few rows behind us were yelling,
“SHUT UP AND SIT DOWN!”
It was absolutely hilarious. What jealous haters! Don’t blame me for ♥–ing the Mariners to death, blame Seay that inevitably got the loss for the game! :]
Of course the game didn’t end there. Our closer Aardsma came out, struck out two guys and one pop up literally within 5 minutes. That was the sharpest I’ve ever seen Aardsma save a game and I was so honored to witness that!
Wohoo, way to go Aardsma!!
Mission: Accomplished. ♥
[Some images courtesy of SeattleMariners.com and Motor City Blog]
….against the Indians, that is. ♥
Even though the first game after the All-Star break was a little disturbing; 1-4 Indians, I would have been ok with it if I knew this was going to happen:
7/17: 6-2 Mariners
7/18: 3-1 Mariners
7/19: 5-3 Mariners
It started and continued with this:
Gutierrez had 4 hits in the past 3 winning games raising his average to a .295. This man can hit, score runs and play catch! We love him!
Hmm, reminds me of someone else…..
Although Ichiro had a
mini-slump on Saturday going 0-2, he jumped right back hitting 3-4 contributing 2 runs to the final score. I didn’t get a chance to watch Web Gems last night but he should have been in the top 3 after the way he ended yesterday’s game!
He pulled a ‘Crawford’ (think All-Star game) climbing the wall robbing a potentially hazardous hit in the 9th inning to end the game.
Seattleites don’t call him “Ninja” for no reason. :]
Drum rolls please….
The leader of the AL Central with a record of 48-42 with a .533 %. For some reason I thought they had a better record but I’m sure it’s because of all my colleagues here in Detroit that over-exaggerate how great they are. [I’m sure writing that will kick me in the booty later]. The Mariners have almost an identical record with 49-43 with a .533 %.
This should be an interesting series in general, but for me it’s going to get personal. :] Here in Tiger-territory/Wings-ville/Piston-town/whatever…, I am the enemy starting tomorrow. My desk is decorated with Mariners paraphernalia on top of all the M’s talk and AL West pride I’ve been infamously spreading around my work area.
The BEST part of this whole thing is that I’m going to my first Mariners V.S Tigers game at Comerica Park this Wednesday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot frickin’ wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m going all-out Mariners gear and I’m thinking about some face-painting too. It’s my first away-Mariners game so I’m more than excited to be the minority fan! Plus my boyfriend was nice enough to buy me tickets that are 5 rows away from the visitor’s dugout so I’ll definitely be on FSN NW :]
I told my awesome Grandpa to TiVo it…..
…….but I should have known he would reply, “What’s a dee-bo? Do you want me to tape it for you?” :]
The best part of going on Wednesday is that according to the lineups, it should be Felix Hernandez v.s Justin Verlander. Both a 10-game winner but Felix has a 2.51 ERA while Verly has a 3.34. Now this is definitely going to be an amazing pitcher’s duel.
……….or the Mariners will inevitably whoop-*ss.
You know what I forgot?
That it takes 1 frickin’ hour for the game to actually start.
We had this:
And this (I really, don’t care much for Sheryl Crow but I understand she’s from MO):
“All-Star Game 2009 starts at 8PM EST”
Anyway, admittedly I was a little nervous this year since the NL team had some amazing players but…….
Mostly thanks to this guy:
If it weren’t for him, we probably have gone into extra innings. Or worse! AL might have lost!
Ultimately, both of their performances were extremely questionable. Understandably no one gives it their all at the All-Star Game but really? It seemed like Lincecum was a lot more disappointing though.
(Mariners represeeeeeeent ♥ Felix too! Oh and skipper Wakamatsu!)
And then Lincecum HIT DEREK JETER! What the FRICK?!
Alas, this was what he got for doing that:
As much as I dislike the Yankees, Jeter has always been an exception since he’s absolutely legendary (plus him and Ichiro are always, always on my fantasy team). So Lincecum frickin’ ticked me off when he did that.
Hey Lincecum, maybe if you cut your hair you can see where you’re throwing?
I’m glad Crawford got the MVP, it was definitely deserved. Although, if I could give a runner-up MVP I would give it to Curtis Granderson. His triple really hyped up the whole game. Plus, me being in Detroit right now, it’s nice to know the home-team All-Stars made a difference….
just like Inge did in the Home Run Derby.
My NL MVP would be David Wright. He did get a hit and a run, but mostly because (this is where the girly girl in me comes out) he’s so damn nice to look at. Even his horribly read Disney movie G-Force commercial was adorable. He’s the only person in this world that can say “holla!” and not sound like an idiot ♥.
That was a fun All-Star game! Although as a Mariners fan, I’m gonna have to say the All-Star Game in SF was a lot better. :]
I cannot believe baseball season is already half over, how depressing :[
It’s ok though, it’s time to get ready for the 2nd half and crossing my fingers that the M’s do some damage in the AL WEST!
Photos courtesy of CBS.com
HA! My plan is already working itself out. Win the Rangers series was my plan and we’re well on our way :]
Psh, not with performances like that from King Felix, Ichiro and Gutierrez!
This game was a classic pitchers duel and gosh I wish I could have watched it on TV instead of through GameDay on Mlb.com! It was looking fairly sketchy especially after 7 tiresome innings of no runs for us and that 1 run the Rangers had seemed like they were ahead by 100.
But even in a game like that, Ichiro manages to go 3-4 with 1 run. What did I say about having Griffey in the cleanup position? Yup, no good. Branyan, Lopez and Griffey couldn’t do jack for Ichiro.
Helloooooooooooooo! Gutierrez to the frickin’ rescue, people! That 3-run dinger in the bottom 8th won it all. Won the game for the team, a win for Felix (well deserved!) and won our hearts as well :]
Oh and let’s not forget, it felt great when Aardsma got the save after a rough outing a couple nights ago.
I’m sure this win really boosted the M’s confidence and the drive to win the next 3. Teehee :]
….for a party of two.
Though not surprised about Ichiro’s repeat attendance to the All-Star game, I’m still excited and finally relaxed to know it’s confirmed. Despite his DL term in the beginning of this season, he’s caught up fairly quickly with fantastic stats…as usual. Remember last year’s game?
I do. He won that
ridiculously unmatching pick-up.
Watching Ichiro since his professional baseball debut in Japan for the Orix Blue Waves and moving to Seattle the same year he did, I guarantee you he is not rolling around downtown Seattle in that Dodge pick-up. That would be a funny image though.
Also, King Felix! His first All-Star invitation. This year he definitely deserved that call. I’m sure other Seattleites are happy to see him join Ichiro in St.Louis.
On a non-Mariners issue, I am very pleased to see Ibanez taking top spot for the NL OF spot! Sad to see him gone but going to the Phillies really did him some good. Even though I’m all about the AL, I’ll secretly be cheering for Rauuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuul!
Oh and David Wright. Actually he’s just nice to look at; doesn’t matter to me if he does well or not.
I’m actually pretty unhapy with what went on with the AL 2nd baseman results. Sure, the Rangers are our arch nemisis but I was really hoping for Kinsler. Plus Pedroia just crawls under my skin. I think Kinsler is a fantastic ball player and deserves to get the call for the All-Star game. I’m definitely voting Kinsler for the last man standing! (But at work I just say I vote for Inge or else they’ll try to
And with all that said, I’m VERY excited for next Monday/Tuesday!