Fridays at SafeCo

I am back home from Portland, but already making plans to return for some Beavers games. Unfortunately, the Rainiers won’t be playing a weekend series against the Beavs until mid-June, and I’m trying to cram as much baseball into the next month and a half that Tom is gone as possible, so I may just have to go down there just for a Beavers game on its own merit. It is my understanding that a friend of mine can also get Winterhawks tickets, so that is an added bonus.

I am undecided on whether or not to continue this series during the season. I don’t know if enough people like it that it matters, and with regular games and on-season things getting ready to start soon, I’m not sure that it will be necessary. Maybe I’ll keep it as an offseason, lack-of-news thing. Thoughts? Opinions?Is this thing on?

I am absolutely, 100% jacked for next week. Technically speaking, baseball starts today – with the next three Spring Training games broadcast on FSN, it’ll be all-Mariners, all the time for 165 games from here on out. I got a little boost of happy this morning from this, and I am so. ready. to. go. The Tacoma Rainiers home opener is this upcoming Thursday, so I have that to look forward to, and it will be an easy first week at school, since it’s going to be all introductory business. In my head, I’m still on vacation for a while. So, off we go to the Safe!

Remember this? When he was still shiny and new, and we didn’t quite know what he was going to do and how awesome he was going to be? I do. So glad he’s ours.

Call me crazy or think what you will, during the offseason I even miss these guys. This picture was taken on a night when I got both of them to sign a baseball, just for kicks. That same ball also has Dave Niehaus’ and Randy Messenger’s (don’t laugh) signatures, and I’m pretty sure a few others, though I can’t remember off the top of my head.

Ichiro squares off against the Oakland A’s pitcher during the final game of 2008, while Cliff Pennington waits at short in the background. This was a game we were “supposed” to lose, a game that would have given us a ticket for the Stephen Strasburg lottery. Instead, we swept the A’s in a 3-game series, efficiently removing ourselves from the running, as the Washington Nationals proceeded to lose their 102nd game over our 101. While the Strasburg idea was nice, we have since proven that it was an unnecessary piece to our future puzzle. And because I hate ending on a downer note, and because “baseball was meant to be played on green grass under blue skies”, and because the bluest skies you’ve ever seen are in Seattle, PLAY BALL!

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4 Responses to Fridays at SafeCo

  1. curt r says:

    i enjoy your blog and twitter feeds –

  2. Chris from Bothell says:

    Long-time lurker, first-time poster here. Please do continue, if you have the time and energy! You get some fantastic shots, and the lil slice of life pieces you have from the ballpark resonate with me. It’s a weekly reminder that I’m not the only one who treats SafeCo as a home-away-from-home, a 40,000 seat den, a place where for 3 hours I don’t have to meet or multi-task or email or do f***-all.

    • section331 says:

      Aw, thanks! And no, you’re most definitely not alone. Not all of us know each other, but we’re definitely out there. It’s a wonderful place to be, and a nice 9-inning vacation, just like that one Niehaus commercial says.

      I may decide to continue with FAS, depending on whether or not I can keep the shots fresh. I have made some strides in learning my camera (the manual for it is not very efficient, unfortunately), and hopefully this year I’ll have a new perspective on things. Sadly, for any sort of frontal shots, we are sitting in left field this year. You may be seeing a lot of Langerhans and Bradley’s butts. haha!
      This feature is much more fun to do than the thing I tried where I had to say something nice about the opposition every series. THAT got taxing after a while. πŸ˜‰

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