Fridays at SafeCo

And seriously, I am very thankful for the end of the week. Five more weeks of this hot mess of school and freedom will finally be mine. I would launch into a tirade about how sick I am of getting up early for the privilege of driving to Edmonds/Mountlake Terrace from West Seattle, but this is a baseball blog, so let’s stick with that, shall we?

I didn’t have any time to do a write up on Thursday’s game, but I did get down to the bullpen to take some photos, so that’s what we’re going to have here.

Doug Fister, getting warmed up in the bullpen. I got several shots of him, and believe that one of them might be frame-worthy. I have a huge crush on his wind-up – it’s very similar to Jarrod Washburn’s, but Fister doesn’t have his knee up nearly as high as Wash did.

The bullpen guys, getting lined up for the National Anthem. I haven’t been down there all year out of laziness, and now I’m kicking myself for it. I forgot how much fun it was taking pictures of these guys. Even in such a bad season, they still manage to give a shot at trying to make things fun – or, at the very least, remain “one cohesive unit”. David Aardsma and Jamey Wright are rocking this weird one-sleeve thing.

Keeping with tradition from last year, everyone high-fives Fister before he takes the field. I hope John Wetteland sticks around for a long time. The difference between a Wetteland bullpen and the pen under Mel Stottlemeyer is as different as night and day, losses or no.

And let the weirdness begin! You can’t see the other guys in this picture, but they are all gathered around in kind of a circle. Garrett Olson is slapping John Wetteland. I don’t want to know why – knowing why or how whomever is chosen from the group to take part in certain aspects of these games would completely destroy it for me. Brandon League also has magnificent teeth.

And with that, happy Friday, everyone!

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2 Responses to Fridays at SafeCo

  1. Deanna says:

    I saw you taking those pictures and briefly thought “Hey, is that… yeah, it must be!” You were up on the balcony above the bullpen, wearing black, red hair. Kinda funny that way.

    I was down at the bullpen talking to Brian Sweeney, who is still the nicest guy in the entire world after coming back to the US from pitching for the Fighters in Japan. I originally had on a Chiba Lotte Marines t-shirt (because everyone at Safeco mentally inserts an “R” into the end) and he made me put on my Mariners jersey after the national anthem because Lotte is a rival of the Fighters. He said that they all make a point of supporting the starting pitcher and also have a pre-game meeting like that every day. I’m like “Wow, so it’s just like being back in Japan, only you don’t need a translator, huh?”

    I was kinda sad about how Fister actually did in the game, but I was really happy to see him and Adam Moore as a battery again — the last time I saw them both in a game was in June 2006 up in Everett, and at the time I picked those two as being the guys I was most impressed with in the game.

    But it’s also kind of sad how I don’t know who a lot of the other guys are anymore.

    And JJ’s pink backpack is still on the ground in the bullpen…

    • Megan Shear says:

      Aw, dang! I didn’t even know you were in town! I have been so behind on my reading with school, I haven’t been able to keep track of everything. Boo.

      They’ve been doing this pre-game thing since last year, and sometimes it’s different, but you saw one of the weirder ones for sure. I like that at least one part of the team is on the same page, despite how many losses we’ve had. :/

      The Everett team has been doing really well this year – like secured-playoff-spot well. I’ll be going up there in a few weeks to hang in the press box, and I understand some of the guys from Prospect Insider are going to be up as well.

      Very cool that you could talk to Sweeney again. I’m generally a fan. It’s hard to get excited about the team this year, but I will always be on their side. 🙂

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