Fridays At Safeco

The Mariners have made a deal with the Cubs that send our reliever Mike Montgomery to Chicago for a 1B/DH type named Daniel Vogelbach and a someone named Paul Blackburn. Rainier Jordan Pries also was sent to the Cubs. I don’t have much in the way of anything constructive to say about this move, other than that it doesn’t seem that the Mariners are in a huge hurry to move any more players, with the end of July trade deadline fast upon us. I’m disappointed that I won’t get to really watch Mike Montgomery assist us in the bullpen anymore (and a little perplexed as to why that was the guy they chose when our pitching has been so weird lately), but I have also learned not to get too enamored with the bullpen guys anymore; 2010 was a blow for me. The decimation of the 2009 bullpen taught me to deny myself the attachment to relief pitchers, and I never have really paid as much attention to them since. It’s just too much heartbreak. Montgomery will be missed.

Speaking of bullpens, here’s one now!

PENTom Wilhelmsen and BFF Charlie Furbush hanging out together, with Wilhelmsen entertaining the others, naturally.

GONEIt’s always a hard call when choosing throwback-style photos to post here. I don’t want to bum anyone out. This picture is full of harshing your mellow. Sorry.

SUNSETAnother fantastic night on the upper floor of Safeco.  I refuse to sit in the upper deck over right field because of the way the sun sets here, and I often wonder how much of the game the people that do sit there miss due to having to look into the sun. Sunglasses and hats with brims might help, sure; but the glare is so obnoxious, and I have found my eyes getting far more sensitive to light the older I get. Having had sat in the lower deck below that area a few times this year (not my ticket choice), I can’t imagine how it would be farther away from the game. So I make sure and get tickets where the sun doesn’t shine.

Ken Griffey Jr is going to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend, of course, and Ichiro Suzuki is four hits away from reaching 3,000 between MLB and the Japanese league. There is a pretty decent chance that both of those events may happen on the same day. I was thinking the other day how appropriate it would be if they did; a lot of these throwback pictures remind me of the 2009 season, and how much goodwill and positivity was floating around in the air here with those two on the same team. It seems only right that two of the greatest baseball players that Seattle and the world has ever seen should both reach these massive milestones on the same day. I don’t want to start sounding like all the fans who cling onto the 1995 or 2001 seasons, but there are just some memories that are too good to stop remembering, aren’t there?

Sometimes-writer-here Daniel Carroll and his family are currently in New York state on a tour package with a bunch of other Mariners fans to go to the induction ceremony for Mr Griffey.  I am jealous, but I am saving my pennies for a similar set up when Ichiro goes in.  Since I am unable to attend the real thing, I am very much looking forward to the games on the weekend of the 5th and 6th. If you are looking for something to do before the game on the 6th, there is an all ages gathering at FX McRory’s on King and Occidental starting between noon and 1pm that day (other details at the link and in comments). Join us for some food and snacks, then go get your miniature HoF plaque and watch Junior’s jersey get retired!

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