Fridays At Safeco

A shorter work week means I’m far more busy than I want to be; I took some time off to visit with a friend, got the opportunity to see Felix Hernandez’s rehab start up in Everett (I will try to get to posting those photos over this weekend), visited some museums, fed some fish at the Japanese gardens, completely missed out on All-Star anything because of an assumption I made about the scheduling of it all…I don’t feel too poorly about this last part, really. I do like the Home Run Derby, but the ASG I could really take or leave. I get that baseball is long and a mid-season break is probably a positive for players and their families; but you know when we really need to see something like this? Mid-winter. I don’t need meaningless baseball in the middle of meaningful baseball; I need it in December or January, when the offseason wears on me. Let the BBWAA decide the players based on numbers rather than popularity, go somewhere warm like the NFL does for the Pro Bowl, and give us some baseball to quell the drought. But that’s just me…

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 4.20.37 AMWaiting for the fireworks to start after the last game I went to vs Baltimore. I am fortunate enough to have a friend who hosts seating down on the lower level, so when fireworks happen, I go down there from left field, rather than trying to go upstairs, where we have been given hassle by other fans for doing what thy tell us to in left field. Heads up; you can’t sit in the left field bleachers during this event. There are signs telling people who sit there to move before the fireworks show, and the seating people will shoo you out. So if you sit in the upper deck, other fans are not trying to take your seats; we’re doing what we’re told and attempting to relocate so that we can see. Work together, and everyone can enjoy the show. There is no need to yell at someone because a seating host told them to sit in an empty seat.

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 4.21.42 AMSafeco always puts on a great show, regardless of theme. That night’s theme was country music. I had hoped to avoid this one, but wound up there anyway; Orioles trump my dislike of pop music, and I usually sort of tune out the music part anyway, at any fireworks event.

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 4.21.58 AMIt’s not all explosions at a Mariners fireworks night! Since we have all these fabulous digital screens, those are used to great effect in coordination with the incendiary devices planted in and outside the field.

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 4.22.31 AMPart of the finale; the techs located on the C-Link parking garage set off a bunch of stuff at once, before the charges around the top of the roof of Safeco go off, a photo/video I can never get because I never know when it’s coming; but if you’ve never been, just trust me, it’s pretty cool. I have a friend who moonlights as a pyrotechnician (she does Vashon Island’s 4th of July fireworks, among other displays around the area), and the way they set these things up is fascinating. Certainly nothing like setting them off in your driveway.

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 4.19.50 AMAnd the aftermath. After about 10 or so minutes of flame, sparks, and noise, it’s all over and we can go back to the outside world.

The final fireworks night of the season is August 19th, against the Milwaukee Brewers. It’s also the Mariners Star Wars night. I have to say that the Everett Aquasox Star Wars Night is still the best one I’ve been to, out of the two; but there are advantages that a minor league team has that a major league team doesn’t – the lack of TV coverage, for one. Without having to adhere to a televised broadcast, a minor league team can take inter-inning breaks that are maybe a little longer than normal so that a story can be told. A mascot can be stolen by the Sith! Light saber fights might break out! The Jedi can teach the crowd how to use their powers! I still need to post my photos from last year’s Aquasox night; perhaps another project for the weekend.

The Mariners start a three-game series against Houston (again?!) tonight. I have an appointment and will not be able to watch probably most of the game, which is a downer because James Paxton and Doug Fister are starting. Hopefully I can make it home to catch at least a little bit of both pitchers. If not, I will gladly watch Hisashi Iwakuma start tomorrow early. Have a great day, everyone!


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