A bit of recent press from our wee baby Mariners up north…
EVERETT, WA –The Everett AquaSox announced today that they are dedicating their June 16 game towards relief efforts related to the Oso mudslide. All walk-up ticket sales from this game will go directly towards relief and recovery efforts caused by the mudslide that occurred only 30 miles from the AquaSox on March 22.“So many families and businesses have been impacted locally by the mudslide,” said AquaSox Executive Vice President Tom Backemeyer, “As we enter our 30th year in Snohomish County, this is the least we can do to try and help those affected by this tragedy.” In conjunction with the AquaSox’s efforts, Minor League Baseball™ Charities, a tax exempt, 501(c)(3) charitable organization affiliated with the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, has donated $10,000 to the United Way of Snohomish County’s Disaster Recovery Fund for Mudslide Relief. The AquaSox will present the check to the United Way of Snohomish County on behalf of MiLB on Friday, April 25th.
“We are very appreciative of Minor League Baseball and the support they have offered to our community through this generous donation,” said Backemeyer.
“Through MiLB Charities, we are able to give back and offer support to the communities in which our clubs are a part, especially in times of need when natural disasters like the Oso mudslide occur,” said Tina Gust, MiLB™ Vice President of Business Development.
A formal check presentation to the United Way will be made prior to an AquaSox game later this summer. To donate directly to the United Way’s Disaster Recovery Fund, and to find out how else you can help, please visit www.uwsc.org.
I was able to catch the tail end of game one from yesterday’s Mariners/A’s double header, and I started the second one while sitting at Fuel and drinking some pints before taking the march to the Dallas FC/Sounders match. The first game exceeded expectations, and the second sort of met them; but I don’t mean that in a negative way at all. Double headers have to be rough on everyone; I have gone to one, and while it was great fun, sitting in the stands for upwards of 7 hours was difficult. I can’t imagine what it must be like for the guys playing. Position players have got to be pretty beat after one game, let along embarking on the second. Indeed, the Ms bats were pretty quiet as they got shut out 2-0, but Erasmo Ramirez also held the A’s to only two runs through a nice solid 6 innings. Silver linings. Plus there is that only-two-games-from-first thing, so that’s pretty neat.
Tonight is the start of a four-game series against third-ranked AL Central team the Kansas City Royals. I don’t think I will be able to watch this one tonight, but I will be there tomorrow, with my friend Dee (a former Kansas resident who grew up with the Royals), and one of my favorite baseball people, Daniel Carroll. Kansas City has won/lost right along with us, so maybe we’re evenly matched? Jason Vargas is also pitching tomorrow per the probables listing on the Ms site, so that will be fun to see him again. Hisashi Iwakuma goes out for us tonight against Danny Duffy, who appears to be a recent convert to the starting pitching role, taking over for Bruce Chen, who apparently has a bulging disc. As I am still recovering from my slipped disc issues, I wish Chen the best in recovery. Seriously; it’s not pleasant. I am guessing Chen has a battery of doctors able and willing to get him cortisone shots and PT, but for us mortal folk, it’s pain killers and rest. At least from my doctor it is. Do well, Kuma! We have a first place spot to obtain!