Fridays at SafeCo

I’m still working on getting the font issue worked out. At this point, I can’t make any promises, but I am waiting for a tech support response, so we’ll see what happens.

The weather is awful outside, but I’m far healthier than I was at the beginning of this week, we are one week closer to Spring Training, and for some of us, it’s a 3-day weekend! And today is Friday, so here we go! Since these are specifically photo posts, I’ll be posting big ones starting today – not much point unless you can see them, right?

Garrett Olson. One of the things I attempted to do last year was to capture some more candid moments in the bullpen, and they made it easy. Unfortunately, I was still not quite as in-tune with my camera as I am now (and even now, I could use a lot more work), and this photo came out a little less defined than I would have liked it to. Still, for some reason I liked the composition, so I kept it. During either an Orioles or Rangers game, I cannot remember which.

Ichiro leans in to check his swing on a pitch from Ranger Dustin Nippert. I’m not sure if it’s Jarrod Saltalamacchia or Taylor Teagarden behind the plate there, but the ball is already in his glove. I seem to recall it being a cloudy day.

Jermaine Dye keeps watch over Ichiro’s grassy square. This was the last White Sox series, of which I went to all three games and walked through the gates cheaply, but by the grace of some wonderful ushers (and a somewhat low attendance during weekday games), managed to sit closer towards the end to get some decent photos. This was a game Ryan Rowland-Smith started, and we finished it with a win for him.

EDIT: Looking at this picture again, I realized I had completely forgotten the context. I was sitting in the far seat in the center field bleachers (as you’re looking at them, the one bucket seat furthest to the upper right). There was someone on the Hit It Here Cafe level blowing bubbles, and the bubbles were making it all the way down to the field. You can see three of them. Dye didn’t seem to notice.

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