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]
It’s hard to sit with a cup of coffee, maybe a cookie and find time to write a new entry when your life is chaotic. I won’t bore you with my latest antics but we’ll leave it at this; my life has been crazy.
Even that sounds like an understatement.
Over here in the
rainy beautiful Emerald City, more specifically at 1st Ave and Edgar Martinez Dr, lots have been happening. The Mariners organization has been busy. Busy dealing with arbitrations, busy signing new and old players, busy inviting players to Spring Training, busy having photo shoots with new players, busy mourning the departure of Branyan and Johjima….
….ok the last one is just me.
Like I said on my Twitter, I have waited too long to update my blog that I have no idea where to start. I’m going to machine-gun my way through some Mariners updates but please note that they are in no particular order.
1. Felix Hernandez is staying! For FIVE more years! I expected 2 or 3, but 5? I’m beyond ecstatic and I’m sure a lot of other Mariners fans are too. The exact number for Felix’s raise is not disclosed, but I’m guessing it’ll be a chunky amount compared to his 3.8 million salary last season! When you’re a Cy Younger runner-up, you deserve it.
Wow, I’m pretty confident when I say we have the most vicious 1-2 punch for our starting rotation in the entire Major Leagues. Sorry Angels, we’ll be dethroning you this season.
2. Mariners closer David Aardsma and relief pitcher Derek Lowe signed a one-year extension and both a raise in their salaries. They certainly both deserved the raise after their outstanding (especially Aardsma) performances in the ’09 season. Aardsma was 38 for 42 save opportunities, and Lowe was one of the only consistently dependable RPs for us last season.
3. Say hello to our new 1st baseman Casey Kotchman from the Red Sox. Please don’t ask me how I feel about this or I’ll start crying. I would like to ask our GM one question; why wasn’t Branyan a good candidate? Sure, he was injured but he did his job as the team slugger hitting 31 HRs and manned 1st base extremely well. Ok fine, I guess the M’s offered him a 1 year deal and he rejected it. Let me pout for a few seconds.
Ok I’m done. As a faithful Mariners fan, I should welcome Casey Kotchman with a smiling face and open arms. Casey, I wish you success in our amazing team but please don’t do anything that’ll make me regret the smiling face and open arms. Mmmkay?
Russell, I will miss you dearly and I wish you the best. I highly doubt that anyone in our lineup (so far) is going to blast 31 homeruns like you did last season. What are we going to do without a slugger like you? Eeep!
4. The Mariners welcome Brandon League as a result of a trade with Brandon Morrow. I don’t have much to say about this trade because it kind of feels like an even exchange. Both their ERA’s are kind of high, both had an unstable season. I do like his glasses though.
There you go, a quick update of what the
2010 AL West Champions Mariners have been up to. :] I can’t believe Spring Training is right around the corner; it feels like it’s been ages since I’ve watched baseball. Now that I’m back in the Pacific Northwest, I plan on going to a ridiculous amount of Mariners game this season. Besides, I have my game shirt ready and everything:
It was a gift from Santa! ♥
…oh wait, IT WAS!
Where do I even start? It’s been almost a whole year since I was at Safeco Field last and I definitely got goosebumps when I walked up to it. My favorite seats are in the left field bleachers, 1st row. I’m right above the bullpen (my friend and I debated whether we should fall on top of the White Sox pitchers to prevent them from going out there) and only costs $15. They’re my favorite place to sit in Safeco Field so if any of you are ever around, trust me and give those seats a try :]
The weather was amazing; sunny yet low humidity, a cool breeze passing through beautiful Safeco Field. It was raining earlier but we didn’t even need the retractable roof.
My friend and I got there around 5:30, just walking around and enjoying the festivities. I was this close to getting the infamous garlic fries (heart burn anyone?) but I think I’ll wait till I’m with my family and won’t have to worry about spreading garlic breath towards anyone :] Instead, I got me some Ivar’s clams ‘n’ chips.
Um, yum! A White Sox fan was sitting next to me and was complaining about how horrible our food selection was. I’ve been to a few Major League parks and I can appreciate anything they have and definitely don’t have the image that Safeco has poor food selection. If they’re right though, I’d love to go to whatever park they go to!
My friend insisted I have a beer but as some of you may know, Asians scientifically are not capable of breaking down alcohol as rapidly as other races so there was no way I was risking getting sick and not fully enjoying the game in lieu of an over-priced beer. :]
Last night’s game was the ultimate pitcher’s duel. Felix Hernandez vs Mark Buehrle. Both two digit game winners with low ERAs. I’m sure everyone knew this was going to be a low-scoring game but when it was 0-0 in the 13th inning, boy did it truly hit me that this was a pitcher’s duel, even way after Hernandez and Buehrle were gone! Sheesh!
They were both absolutely amazing. Felix went 7, Buerhle went 8, both giving up exactly 6 hits. As a biased Mariners fan though, I also would like to mention that Felix had 10 strike outs while Buerhle only had 3. It definitely felt like Felix was getting himself in more of a jam than Buerhle was, though. Felix almost put me into cardiac arrest a few times, that’s for sure!
It’s always a great game when you get to watch Ichiro in his zone. You always see his excellent offense on TV but it’s truly a treat when you get to witness his ninja-like defense in person. In the top of the fifth, Nix was on third base while Alex Rios (his frist start as a White Sox) hit a medium deep fly to right field.
Ichiro ran up to the ball, caught it and within a split second (literally), he threw the ball to Johnson to tag Nix out at home base.
It seriously sent chills up my spine. Johnson didn’t even have to move one bit because of Ichiro’s accuracy in locating the ball.
That’s some serious stuff. :]
After the grueling 14 innings of play, the grand total of hits for each team was 10 for the White Sox and 9 for the Mariners. Of course the only hit that amount to anything was the one that came in the bottom 14th. With Beltre on 2nd base (from a single, then a walk), the lights dimmed in Safeco Field as they played the inspirational yet stressful music while Griffey stepped up to bat. Everyone stood up nervously and was praying furiously (
oh wait, maybe that was just me).
♥ KA-POW ♥
Can you imagine? Everyone’s hands over their heads nervously while Griffey swings at a pitch…just watching the ball go deep into the very corner of right field….and as soon as the ball lands, it’s over. The insanely lengthy 14 inning game was over. I had to be careful not to fall off the ledge into the visitor’s bullpen! We were screaming, shouting, dancing, hugging, shimmy-shimmy-ing, in-your-face-ing the White Sox fans that were on my right, left and behind (why is it that I always end up surrounded by opposing fans whether or not I’m at Safeco?).
Ah, who cares? We won!
On the drive back, I was pretty determined that that game had to have broken some sort of record. I was right! After some minor research before I wrote this blog, I found out I was a part of the longest scoreless game in Mariners franchise history! Nothing to be particularly proud of, but it’s a good feeling :]
I tip my (pink) Mariners cap to the White Sox. Just like the Tampa Bay Rays (which unfortunately I missed blogging about :[), it’s a great, strong team to beat, the type of team you can really feel good about beating. That’s not trying to be rude, it’s actually a twisted compliment.
Besides, the White Sox broke my heart (thanks also goes to Aardsma) the night before when they won in the top 9th (3-1) so last night makes up for it, right? :]
P.S Here are some extra pictures taken at Safeco Field last night. Enjoy! ♥
Our famous and awesome retractable roof ♥
“Russell Muscle Power” – from a funny poster ♥ Love him ♥
I can’t believe I’ve been so m.i.a in the past week. I’m constantly thinking about when and what I can blog about but I haven’t been able to even get an hour to myself. My trip to Portland, Oregon has unfortunately come to an end, but I took the Amtrak yesterday….
and hauled my butt to…….
are playing the…..
…and so far, we have won the first game. Go Mariners! Johjima and Branyan both hit homeruns last night and lifted the Mariners. I feel sorry for French that he got a no decision but he’ll get more wins to come :]
See! I have to go now again, I can’t wait to have some real time to write decent blogs again. Sorry, so lame!
Oh, but I’m going to the Mariners vs White Sox game tomorrow night with my best friend so I’ll have some amazing Safeco Field pictures!
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!