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Mariners Expand Fan Appreciation Month
I do have some photos and words about my recent trip to the Safeco Field suite level, but I need some time to go through them, and time is at a premium currently for me. I will have them up soon; it was a Felix game, it was a Sunday, it was quite nice. There were good and bad things about suite viewing. More later.
Today, I got notice that the Mariners are having yet another fireworks night, as part of a September-long fan appreciation month. I’m not going to lie, I’m super happy about it. Tom and I went to the last one, but he started not feeling well just around the time the game started, and it wasn’t a very fun night He kindly refused to leave even though I offered a few times because I know what it’s like to not feel well and be somewhere you don’t really want to be to begin with, so we stayed put. When your significant other isn’t feeling well, it’s hard to enjoy yourself. So we definitely need a do-over. The issue with the September 27th game, though, was that it was two days before the only day this year that my family’s schedules all are free, and we can get together for our yearly game. Through panicked emails earlier today, I managed to get everything set up right, and now our yearly game is happening on the 27th. This means I will not be attending the last game of the year, which has been a yearly tradition since I started getting into baseball. But this will have to do. I have to take my dad fishing that weekend as well, so it will be a busy one. I do hope the Mariners will understand and forgive me.
The Mariners have also added some more early gate openings for season ticket holders, and they are as follows: Friday August 23rd, Saturday September 7th, Wednesday September 25th, and Friday September 27th. I will only be able to make the one on the 25th, when I will be taking a friend who is from Kansas City to see the Royals. Just a word about these early opening games; I love them. I really do. I love the calm before the storm, just sitting in the stadium listening to music, having a cold drink, and hearing the crack of the bats from the cage, watching little kids and full grown adults alike scrambling for autographs at the wall, chatting with the ushers and other fans. It’s a very calming atmosphere to be in, and a wonderful way to sort of wind down, particularly after a work day. I hope this is a thing that is continued through next season. I am sure it makes things a little harried for the staff, but I mean to say that it is much appreciated by at least one fan here; and I don’t think I’m alone. More information can be found at this link. Take advantage of this stuff, folks. They didn’t used to do this not so long ago. I don’t know what other teams do, but for fan experience regardless of team performance, the Mariners really do make the ballpark a pleasant place to be. Nobody is making me say this; I say it because I honestly believe that they do their best to make up for the shortcomings on the field. If I can’t have a World Series, I can at least have a nice day watching a game I love and being involved in about five super solid hours of escapism. There is room for team improvement, clearly, but for now I will take what I can get.
The email also included the complete Hall of Fame ceremony for last Saturday when Ken Griffey Junior was inducted into the Mariners HoF. I have seen a few pictures from it, and I am sort of sad I missed out, but there was just no way scheduling-wise I could have made it down there. I am OK with missing the game itself. A 10-0 loss on such a wonderful occasion is kind of a bummer. If you were not there, you can watch the entire thing here. There is also a photo gallery located here, just for the heck of it. Seeing all those guys together again brings a bit of a tear to my eye, even if I was never there to see them. Knowing that the Mariners have such a great history makes me feel a little better in the worst moments of some of our seasons lately. It happened here once. It can and will happen again.
The Ms are currently playing Tampa Bay, and while I would love to do a game recap this evening, it’s not going to happen. I got home too late to start from the beginning, and it is muggy and hot outside and I just want to relax with a beer and shake off my busy day. I am going to try and milk the next month and a half for as much baseball as time and money will allow. I’ve gone to quite a few games this year, but I don’t feel like it’s been enough. It never seems like it is. Every year I go through this same thing.
And lastly, how about that Brad Miller, eh?