Fridays at Safeco

I take a lot of pictures while I’m out and about at ballparks, but not all of them wind up here. The morning of the home opener, I parked in SoDo near the stadium and walked in to work, since it’s only about a mile. It was quiet and the sun was coming up, and KING 5 had a videographer stationed outside on the sidewalk with a very long extension cord running from his camera to the interior of the building. As I walked up towards the stadium, I decided I should take some photos and post them to Instagram. If you’re not following me there, you would not have seen them (though I think at least one of them was posted to Twitter).

chand“Batting 1.000”, our sculpture over the home plate entrance. I so rarely go into the home plate entrance that I keep forgetting that this is there. I love the art in various ballparks. Each one is unique, and I feel like sometimes we take the little touches around the park for granted. They become a part of the scenery, if you go there a lot; but I am still discovering little touches that the builders of the park have put in place. I am looking forward to seeing the art direction in Coors in a few weeks.

screenThey were warming up MarinersVision as the sun came up. I was too close to be able to see more of the screen, but there was something very comforting about it being on that early in the morning; like watching a giant beast slowly waking up after a long winter’s sleep.

frontI don’t remember the filter I used for this shot, but behind the sign on the roof there looking west at the sunset is actually one of my favorite shots that the marketing guys keep taking for the Mariners Twitter account. Such a great stadium we have. I try to always appreciate it, my home away from home.

The Mariners have been away from home for a long time, it seems, though they have had a 4-2 record on the road so far. Not too shabby for a team that started the month 3-5 in homestand games. Tonight they’ll be in Los Angeles with the Angels for three games before coming back home to play Houston and Kansas City next week. Just looking at the pocket schedule I have pinned to the wall at work, it looks like we’re away and have off days far more than home games. This season feels weird to me so far, like living with someone who is never home. I can’t complain too much; the earlier games have actually given me the opportunity to stay up for the whole thing, so while I haven’t been writing much, I have been watching when I can. We’re third so far in. Not nearly as impressive as the Orioles in first place, but at least we’re not last.

I am really cutting it close to the wire, but a preview of Coors Field is going to happen, I swear. I’ve done my research, I’ve got screenshots, I’m ready to go. Right now I’m looking at watching the game on Sunday while I’m at a friend’s house, and taking care of that while she is being on call at work. Until then, Happy Felix Day, everyone!

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