Rollie Fingers Visits Everett Memorial Stadium

From a press release the other day:

EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett AquaSox regret to announce NBA great Gary Payton is unavailable to appear at the Everett AquaSox game on July 26th. However we are excited to announce that MLB Hall of Famer, seven-time All-Star and three-time World Series Champion Rollie Fingers will be appearing at Everett Memorial Stadium on Thursday, July 26, as part of The Principal Financial Dreams Tour, a national tour sponsored by Principal Financial Group® to celebrate minor league baseball and its fans from coast to coast. The fan-day celebration will consist of an appearance by Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers at the ballpark, plus in-stadium contests, prizes and more. Fans also will have the opportunity to learn more about The Principal® and how to plan for a secure financial future through a series of entertaining videos which will be played on the giant scoreboard video screen. “When it comes to safe, family-friendly entertainment, nothing beats minor league baseball, a true institution for American families,” said Mary O’Keefe, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, The Principal. “We’re excited to continue our support and bring this special experience to fans and our customers at local ballparks around the nation.” Rollie will throw out the 7:05 p.m. game’s ceremonial first pitch, and will then be signing autographs for fans for 90 minutes during the game. Fans must hold a ticket to the July 26 AquaSox vs. Salem-Keizer game in order to enter the ballpark for autographs.  Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992, Fingers had a stellar career for both the Oakland Athletics and Milwaukee Brewers, winning the World Series in 1972-1974 with the A’s, and the World Series MVP in 1974. He also was named Rolaids Relief Man of the Year four times, AL MVP and AL Cy Young winner in 1981, and had his uniform number 34 retired by both the Oakland Athletics and Milwaukee Brewers.  The AquaSox return home on Tuesday, July 24, for a six-game home stand against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and Vancouver Canadians. Season tickets, group outings and both 12 and 16 game packages are available. Call (425) 258-3673 or visit the AquaSox office at 3802 Broadway in Everett for more information.

So I have some mixed feelings about the series against the Royals. Granted, their one win on Wednesday was a last-minute bit of possible luck for Billy Butler – and  I say ‘possible’ because he did not fare as well yesterday against Felix Hernandez – but it still took away what technically should have been a sweep against an inferior team. There seems to be two camps; those who are all aboard the Mariners hitting train, and those (like me) who are cautiously optimistic, and feel that this series against the Rays will be more of a tell as to whether or not the bats have truly heated up, or if it was what I originally thought, that Kansas City pitchers are just bad. Obviously, KC pitchers are bad, but what if the Mariners can do the same thing against better teams? It’s difficult not to get excited, even a little, but I am trying to keep my optimism in check. Were I a younger, less-educated Mariners fan, I’d probably just fall right into the trap and then be heartbroken over the next sweep or series loss. But I am older and wiser than I was in 2008, and so I’m just going to sit here with my arms folded and an eyebrow raised, waiting for something to happen. Remember when I used to be ignorant and happy about anything with a bat and a ball? I miss those days…



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2 Responses to Rollie Fingers Visits Everett Memorial Stadium

  1. Blaine Wright says:

    I’m with you on being cautiously optimistic about the M’s hitting. Sometimes I think that next time I hear the announcers say about a hit, “This could be a turning point,” I’m going to lose it. But these guys have talent. If playing at home gets ‘in their heads’ as we’re told, maybe instead of a new hitting coach they need a new sports psychologist.

    Wow, Rollie Fingers, one of my favorite pitchers to watch in person. Those old A’s teams had so much personality it was kind of like a soap opera, but they won and won, and it was fun and fun to watch them. The owner was a bit odd, too. Sometimes he’d bring his mule to the games and give kids mule rides in the parking lot before the game.

    Loved your Felix pictures. Was that a pink Hello Kitty backpack one of the KC pitchers was wearing? Is Kitty taking over rookie pitchers all over the league?

    • Megan Shear says:

      The Hello Kitty thing has been going on for a while for the rookies. I think our bullpen currently has R2D2, Yoda, and something else that is pink – last year, if memory serves, there was a Hello Kitty and a Disney princess backpack for the rookies. Seems like just about anything pink will work for these guys. Texas is really taking it above and beyond, though, with the big foam hats and horse backback. 🙂

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