Random Baseball Bits, Spring Training Viewing Party Next Saturday

I was at a friend’s house last night with other people who might not want to be subjected to baseball, so while I was told by the party host that I could watch the game, I decided not to subject the other people – a handful of which I did not know – to that fate. I heard Felix had a good outing and the Diamondbacks beat us. I will take my Felix Day at the home opener, when it matters most. Currently, it is the bottom of the 5th in this training game against the Cleveland Indians, the Tribe is up 3-0, and Joba Chamberlain was just pitching. It looks like a lazy Sunday there in the desert, with a lot of seats open in the stadium.

Former Mariner Chone Figgins will sign  a one-day contract with Anaheim tomorrow so that he can retire as an Angel. While the baseball fan in me finds this admirable – I mean, he did do his best work in California before he came here, and was an Angel since 2002 prior to signing a ridiculous contract with us in 2010 – the Mariners fan in me wishes him good riddance. Figgins’ three years in Seattle did little but hurt the team and destroyed a lot of fan confidence, and I will never, ever forgive him for going after Don Wakamatsu after being benched for missing a crucial play that first year he was here. Figgins didn’t play at all last year, his last stint in the game splitting time between the Dodgers major league and triple A teams in 2014. I am sure that Angels fans have far better memories of him than I do, and I am glad for them for that reason. But Figgins destroyed us as an Angel and he destroyed us as a Mariner, and I don’t care if I never hear his name again. He will join Milton Bradley and Miguel Batista on a short list of Mariners I am glad are gone.

The Mariners, for their part, made some more cuts, sending Jonathan Aro, David Rollins and Steven Baron to Tacoma, and Adrian Sampson and Ed Lucas to minor league camp. Per the article at the link, David Rollins spent a bunch of time in the major league bullpen last year, which is curious because I barely remember him. Either it’s been a long winter, or a lack of writing and therefore repetition has really done a number on my memory. We’re down to 40 guys in camp now, things are getting down to the wire. I am mostly waiting on catcher decisions at this point, and how the bullpen is going to shape up, given all of our issues there.

There will be a Coors Field stadium preview coming up in the next couple of weeks, as I get closer to leaving for Denver in May. I have put in a membership request at Purple Row, the Rockies SBN blog, and hope to be able to put in some questions about things to see, stuff to do, and what to eat in and around the stadium. In is more important than around, I guess, since I will only be afforded around 10 hours total (game time included, of course) and want to make the most of my time there, and get the most photos taken. I will be going to evening games on Friday and Saturday, May 13th and 14th, both games against the  New York Mets. This may make writing a bit hectic, and this site may turn into a travel blog for a few days, but I think I can manage if I know what to look for and where I should go. I do know that the Rockies have promotional nights called Fan Fridays, and we will be there on such a night, where I hope to procure one of these fine tote bags: Screen Shot 2016-03-20 at 2.56.39 PM

Sorry for the hasty cropping, but you get the idea. I also have to find a suitable shirt to wear under my Mariners jersey, so I can represent and still be friendly. Sitting in the mile-high row has been a baseball bucket list thing for me ever since I found out it existed a few years ago, so I am really excited about this trip. Plus, I get to see some friends I haven’t seen in ages, and go to Denver for fun, rather than business, which is always what it’s been in the past. Fun business, but business nonetheless.

The Mariners game is just over, and the only run we were able to score was on a Daniel Robertson single. I believe today has also been or will be a split squad situation, so there is more ball yet to be played. Only around two weeks left before it all gets started. This year is  bit of an anomaly, because opening day for MLB is April 4th, and the Ms first game is against the Texas Rangers, which puts it at 1pm on a Monday. This will be the first opening day I have missed in real time since 2008; I will be at work and will only be able to listen if ESPN puts it on their streaming feed. If not, I may decide to shut everything on social media down and hope that nothing leaks before I have the chance to get home and watch the re-run on ROOT.

Next Saturday the 26th, I have been trying to organize a spring training viewing party at Beveridge Place in West Seattle. More details here, at Lookout Landing. Just for repetition’s sake, however, the game is at 1, Beveridge Place is easy to find, and there is plenty of free parking all over the area.  I will be headed over early-ish to make sure we have at least one TV to watch. March Madness is still going on, but Beveridge is not really what one might consider a sports bar, and if it is, it would be a soccer bar first and foremost, as owner Gary is a Sounders season ticket holder. The beer is great there (they also have wine), and while they don’t serve food outside of snacks, you can order in or do takeout from places around the area, and there are also occasionally food trucks that park out front. March is also Belgian beer month, so they’ll have some nice limited-edition specialty stuff on tap as well. Join us if you can!


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