Fridays At Safeco, In Cooperstown

So many things I want to address with the Mariners lately (I have a whole essay on closers I desperately need to work on, after Monday night’s Steve Cishek incident), but work and life are still happening, and lately I’m lucky to be able to stay up for an entire game on TV, let alone actually going to one.

This weekend, however, there will be a lot of baseball. Tomorrow night, of course, starts Ken Griffey Jr Weekend, with a Hall of Fame bobblehead night tonight, then his number retirement ceremony tomorrow (and by the way, if you’re reading this and going to Saturday’s game, join us at FX McRory’s for some pre-baseball shenanigans with Lookout Landing. Details here.) So because the Hall of Fame is a Pretty Big Deal(TM), I thought I’d reshare my favorite plaques from the winter I was there a few years back. I don’t need to caption any of these, they easily speak for themselves.

Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 8.23.39 PMScreen Shot 2016-08-04 at 8.23.51 PMScreen Shot 2016-08-04 at 8.25.46 PMScreen Shot 2016-08-04 at 8.25.56 PMScreen Shot 2016-08-04 at 8.26.06 PMScreen Shot 2016-08-04 at 8.26.18 PMScreen Shot 2016-08-04 at 8.26.28 PMScreen Shot 2016-08-04 at 8.24.08 PMScreen Shot 2016-08-04 at 8.24.22 PMScreen Shot 2016-08-04 at 8.24.38 PMAnd of course:

Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 8.24.52 PMAll of these players were fantastic, and the Hall of Fame is a great and somber place if you’re a baseball fan. At least it was in the cold month of December, when it was very sparsely populated and easy to see everything without obstruction or lines. And this year, all of these baseball players who have made up the great history of this game will be joined by one more:

Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 8.31.55 PMWell, two if you count Mike Piazza, but this is a Mariners blog, and we won’t be getting Piazza bobbleheads tonight.

I’ve been looking forward to this weekend since they announced it was going to take place when the schedule was released. I think I have sunglasses that are large enough to hide any tears that might leak out of my face on Saturday, but I imagine the chorus of sniffles will be pretty loud all around me. The weather is also looking like it’s going to be just perfect for the occasion, so as things stand, I don’t think we could ask for anything more.

See you at the ballpark!

 

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One Response to Fridays At Safeco, In Cooperstown

  1. ivammmmm says:

    Fun to read this blog. Those men, with those great numbers were BORN to play baseball. No doubt about it. Thank you for sharing it. Even old folks like me who are not baseball fanatics will appreciate seeing those plaques and reading the blog.

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