I’m BACK! ♥
Like my entry title states, before I drive right into talking Mariners lingo, I thought I’d share some pictures with all of you of the Diamond Girly Family taking on the Emerald City (for the unfamiliar, aka Seattle) and of course Safeco Field. :]
First of all, some pictures of the gorgeous city of Seattle:
A cadid photo of my wonderful parents shopping downtown Seattle on our way to the market!
This is the world famous Pike’s Place Market! They have the most amazing fruits, veggies, seafood, flowers and various local deliciousness!
This is the Maximus Minimus lunch bus shaped like a pig. Their food rocks!
This is at the Llama Cafe right in front of Pike’s Place. I love sitting out on the patio under the colorful umbrella-ella-ella-ella (ok, so old).That’s my parents and my 16 yo little brother, Kevin.
I found the Pike’s Place Market Piggy! Throughout the city, there are several pigs decorated by various local artists and I’ve always wondered where this little guy was! Thanks Llama Cafe!
This is what the Space Needle looks like when you’re standing right at the bottom of it!
This is what it looks like when you climb up the 60 floor tall Space Needle! You can actually see Safeco Field and Qwest Field (the home of the Seahawks and Sounders)!
This is downtown Seattle at night. So pretty! ♥
Now now, how is this a Diamond Girl blog without pictures of a Mariners game?
My Dad and Kevin in front of the Ichiro wall.
My Dad, Kevin and I with the Guest Service guy on the segway. He’s quite the celebrity at Safeco Field!
This picture really doesn’t do it justice but my family were seated in the Terrace Club and it was amazing! Felt like a VIP! :]
We took advantage of the Grand Slam Family Pack Night so we got our free Pepsi product and a Minor League Dog! :]
This is what my Mom likes to call “Ichiro-watching”. She’s not much of a baseball fan so all she does is watch Ichiro. Unfortunately Ichiro wasn’t playing that night yet she managed to find him in the dugout. “Deena, he’s the one standing against the fence with his socks pulled up!” So funny!
Kevin and I enjoying the game. Yes, I tattooed my face with a Mariners logo :]
Kevin and I sharing an absolutely heart-burning yet amazing plate of the (in?)famous Garlic Fries. It’s the most delicious thing in the world, really! :]
My new favorite Mariner, Jack Hannahan!
Last but not least, Kevin and I very very happy about the Mariners sweep over the A’s!
I hope all of you enjoyed the pictures!
It was so nice to be able to turn on FSN NW and be able to watch the Mariners whenever I pleased! Now that I’m back to Detroit, I’m already back to watching GameDay which is severely painful for me! :[
The past week, the Mariners have impressed me. A lot of other teams like to call the Mariners the “spoilers” and I’m truly starting to believe that! They swept the Oakland Athletics, won 2 games out of 3 against the Los Angeles Angels, and have won 2 (so far) out of 4 games against the Oakland Athletics and of course hoping for a sweep once again!
I’m sure most Mariners fans (and some others!) are zoning into……..
Yes, Ichiro. Although he missed 8 games (which I’m sure made a lot of fans a tiny bit nervous), he’s apparently well on his way to getting 200 hits once again! 9 seasons in a row!
Ichiro hits count: 191
Mariners playing the Athletics for their 3rd game tonight: Anderson (7-10) vs French (4-4)
After losing our last series to Texas, I was optimistic about facing the Royals. Not only because they have the worst record in the American League but the Mariners generally have done well against them. As I wrote in my last entry, the first game went well. Too close for comfort, but well.
It’s been two games since then and I’d much rather talk about the second game of the series :]
The results were:
8/5: 11-6 Mariners
8/6: 2-8 Royals
Let’s start with 8/5:
Our second game against the Royals was a batting clinic game that was much needed for the Mariners. We haven’t scored 2 digits in so long yet we’ve lost by 2 digits plenty of times in the last couple weeks. So that night felt good for us Mariners fans.
It must have felt great too for the new member of our family, Luke French. It was his debut as a Mariner after being acquired from the Tigers for the Jarrod Washburn trade.
I admit, he wasn’t exactly superb (5 innings, 4 ER and 2 SO) but the combination of Royals SP Davies horrible night (8 ERs in 3 IP) and his new teammates helping him out, French was able to earn his first comfortable win as a Mariner. Congrats and welcome Luke!
As far as offense, it’s one of those games where everyone contributed and each person on the lineup had at least one hit. Our first 3 men in the lineup did an outstanding job each batting at least 2 hits (Branyan had 3), Branyan and Lopez with 3 RBIs each, Ichiro with 2 runs and 1 RBI.
By the end of the night, the Mariners had 16 hits and reached a season high in runs.
Mmmm….felt so warm and fuzzy inside watching (
forcing them to watch) that game with my girlfriends ( that had no clue about what was going on) under the blankets drinking a bottle of Apricot Ale.
If only that carried over to the next night……
…the warm and fuzzy part actually did carry over. Apart from the fact that the Mariners had to put away our brooms pretty much after the 1st inning, it was a memorable night for our Mike Sweeney.
Sweeney, a former and long-time Royal hit his 100th career homerun in Kauffman Stadium that night in front of all his former and current teammates and fans.
How memorable is that? It really pulled me aside from being livid with Vargas.
I’m a crazy ball of emotional and almost cried when the Royals fans gave him a standing ovation.
Awwwwww, warm and fuzzy. ♥
We lost 2-8 yes, and it was rather disturbing because Chen was 0-6 with a 5.28 ERA and I think we all assumed we would be alright. True, Vargas was not all that much better with a 3-5 record with a 5.08 ERA but it was slightly better.
Another Mariner that deserves special mention is Adrian Beltre. It was his second game after returning from the DL and he went 4 for 4 scoring the other run of the game. If only the rest of the team could have helped him out!
Of course it would have been nice to sweep the Royals, but it was a great series all-in-all.
Our next series is against the much anticipated (personally) Tampa Bay Rays! We’re putting Felix (12-4) out on the line today against Niemann (10-5).
I’m upset I won’t be able to make it up there to sit right by third base :]
On a non-Mariners note, I was glad to see Brad Thompson suspended for three games and fined for throwing a pitch near New York Mets 3rd baseman David Wright’s head.
“Major League Baseball vice president Bob Watson said Thursday the pitch in the sixth inning a day earlier was intentionally aimed near Wright’s head. It came one inning after the Mets’ Nelson Figueroa hit Cardinals star Albert Pujols near his elbow, loading the bases.
The suspension had been set to start Friday, when the Cardinals play at Pittsburgh, but the players’ association appealed and any penalty will be delayed until after the disciplinary process.” -ESPN
This is a picture of David Wright getting beaned against the St.Louis Cardinals in late June 2009. Poor David, please stop trying to ruin his pretty, pretty face.