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]
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]
I’ve been ecstatic about the Mariners coming into town (Mo-town) and being able to watch them on FSN Detroit and of course being able to attend a game (tonight!) but boy was I disappointed within the first hour….no, first 30 minutes of the game.
Oh, I don’t know, I thought maybe the Indians game taught Olson a lesson or two but he just couldn’t keep his balls down. His fastball was too high and his curveball wasn’t, well, curving.
It was the cherry on top of this crappy pitching sundae when the somewhat struggling Ordonez crushed the ball for a grand salami in the bottom 1st with 0 outs. I went from pale (the second Ordonez swung) to raging red (when the bases cleared)…..
….gosh so stressful!
But did it end there? Oh heeeeeeeeeeeeeck no. (Ugh!)
Olson left the mound putting the Mariners in the hole after a mere 1.1 innings and yet gave up 7 runs.
And what better idea than to bring in Jakubauskas, the same pitcher they brought in after Olson last time they lost?
Jakubauskas gave up 3 hits, 1 run and injured Gutierrez. Gutierrez slammed into the back of CF and was rolling on the floor in agony. Apparently it’s too far from the pitching mound to the back of CF because Jakubauskas didn’t walk over to Gutierrez when he was down on the floor for a good 15 minutes while Ichiro, Lopez and Cedeno ran over to him immediately. He was trying to catch a ball that YOU let out that far and all you do is stand on the mound and scratch your head? Shame on you.
I give ♥props♥ to the Tigers fans though, because when Gutierrez finally got up and was assisted back to the dugout, they gave him a standing ovation. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy. Thanks Tigers fans! Apparently it turned out to be a slight concussion, bruised knee and arm so I’m glad it wasn’t anything serious. We love Gutierrez.
Jakubauskas ended up calming down a little bit and after the first 2 innings, our pitchers ended up only giving up 1 run (to Cabrera) but that didn’t mean it wasn’t disappointing.
As far as offense, I give them so much kudos because I went from hopeless to hopeful throughout the whole game. Even though we lost, we made the Tigers pretty nervous by inching closer almost every inning. Hannahan had two solo homers, Langerhans had a 2 run homer (with excellent defense!), Balentein had a homer, Ichiro had a hit and a run (is that even a surprise anymore?), Lopez went 3 for 5 with an RBI….
…sigh, four homeruns and that didn’t cut it. :[
Thanks to and on behalf of Olson and the rest of the pitching staff, Tigers fans can enjoy a free Arby’s roast beef sandwhich since they gave up 3 homeruns to the Tigers! Enjoy that, Tiger fans! I could technically get a free sandwhich but there’s no way I’m eating a roast beef sandwich covered with yummy horsey sauce and guilt!!!!
With all that said, I’m hoping tonight’s game between Felix and Gallaraga will be better. I had posted that it was Felix vs.Verlander, but apparently Leyland is saving their aces for the four game series against the White Sox that’s coming up. Gallaraga is going into the game with a 5.09 ERA while Felix enters with an amazing 2.41. It’s almost a given that we’d win….
….at least we should.
….but you never know in baseball! That’s the beauty of it though, isn’t it?
Plus I’m going to the game tonight so I should be all the luck they need! ♥ I told my boyfriend he should probably drive because I don’t want to risk any mean person to ruin this beauty:
[Yup, that’s my car.]
I’ve got my Johjima shirt, M’s cap, blue and green face paint and drinking plenty of fluids here at work so my throat will survive all the cheering (or yelling, hehe!) so I think I’m good to go! ♥
Tomorrow’s entry should be full of fun pictures and hopefully happy news! :]
P.S It was so fun and exciting to be quoted on the MLB website! My Dad and Grandpa would be proud! :]
….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.