Normally, weekends mean very little to me other than the chance to not be in school for a few days, but I am so very glad it’s Friday. The days whittle away to March 3rd when Spring Training starts properly with a game against the San Fransisco Giants, but for now, my weekly virtual trip to SafeCo Field…
The Mariners Moose stretches with Yuniesky Betancourt and Guillermo Quiroz. This was before an Erik Bedard start, and it was a good 90 degrees out and humid/hazy, that kind of oppressive Seattle humidity that just sucks the life out of everything. We were sitting 4 rows up from the front, and I remember feeling really sorry for the poor guy or girl who had to wear that mascot suit that day. The Moose spent some time mimicking the players warm-up routines, keeping the people down front entertained.
Los Marineros warmup, while Latin dancers do their thing on the field, on Salute to Latin Beisbol Day. This was a game against the Twins that I took my family to last year. I felt cocky because I’d inadvertently stumbled onto a 2-for-1 deal at the Terrace Club level – then I found out Jarrod Washburn was starting, and it took the wind out of my sails a bit. This was before Rick Adair and company made the adjustments to his pitching that improved him so vastly a while later. I didn’t have high hopes going into it, and explained that to my folks, but we wound up winning the game – how else, for the 2009 Mariners – by one run.
This is not a great photo, but it’s the only one I have of this particular version of the bullpen’s 2009 National Anthem antics. As far as I know, this is the only time they did this, and initially when I pulled the photo up this morning, I thought it was post-helmets, but there is very clearly a giant metal horsetail helmet laying on the ground next to Garrett Olson’s feet.
WordPress was down for a lot of the day yesterday, so I could not mention this, but I received my Mariners Annual in the mail, and could not be more pleased with it. Dave Cameron was right – it is damn near the best $14 I will spend this year. I haven’t read a whole lot of it yet (with no ads and 128 pages of information and glossy, color pages), I want plenty of time to digest everything, but so far what I have read is brilliant. Applause to everyone involved.