I’m late today! I had to be at work around 5 this morning, and there was just no time. Once again, work interferes with life. It’s just not fair.
I was at the game on Wednesday, a brilliant and much-needed-by-everyone start by Taijuan Walker. I’ll be honest, I was a little worried going in, what with Walker’s (up to then) 2-6 record and the problems he has been having so far this year. But he pitched a nice strong 8 innings, with 11 strikeouts in a 5-0 shutout against Cleveland. Chris Iannetta did a lot of the stickwork that night, and I don’t have the numbers handy, but he hit. A lot. The other highlight was an amazing catch in right field, performed by Franklin Gutierrez and the outfield wall. Fortunately, both parties are OK, though maybe I’m more concerned about the wall. Shades of Death to Flying Things. Gutierrez will likely never be where he was a few years ago due to his health, but he was great in that moment. Walker, for his part, spared our bullpen and returned to the dugout after the 8th to a standing ovation from the 15,000+ people in attendance.
My friend Cynthia and I had a nice leisurely meal at the Hit It Here. I am currently facing some self-imposed dietary restrictions (don’t worry, I’m not going to talk about it except to explain briefly, because man I hate it when people can’t stop talking about their diets and this is so not the right place), so the HIH is one of the best places for me to eat. Their eponymous salad is fantastic, and you can get it with extra bacon! It’s a massive salad, and for the $10 price tag, an economic and filling meal. I would love to do a food feature on Safeco, but they keep changing things up, and every year there are different things; but that’s part of what makes it such a great park!
After dinner, we took the right field ramp and meandered up to our seats in section 323. Not too shabby, these are the seats I am sharing with Daniel Carroll for the season, but Wednesday was the first time I’d sat there this year.
Walker deals while Kyle Seager and an umpire ready themselves for a hit. I didn’t have my camera with me; the humidity early in the morning made even my bag feel like far too much to carry, and I was trying not to weight myself down.
I am home from a 10-hour day and ready for dinner and the beginning of the series tonight against the Texas Rangers (again?!) I’ll be headed back to the park on Sunday afternoon for the finale, but for now, I think I’m just going to enjoy being not at work, and keep my fingers crossed for the thunderstorms that are forecast to be rolling in later this evening. Go Mariners!
Oh, and thanks to Hap for the baseball card!