Unfortunately, I’ve yet to see this stunning work of art in person . . .
I was actually working from home the day it was unveiled (Thursday, April 13th) but, didn’t realize until too late that the unveiling was occurring (otherwise, I could have at least watched it on TV/Twitter, etc.)
Thankfully, there are plenty of pics/videos on social media – the detail is impeccable . . .
This series had a little of everything and every way to win: a squeaker, a blow-out and a walk-off 🙂 . . .
Mariners 2 | Rangers 1 Felix wins his first game in ’17 (a squeaker, of course)
Mariners 5 | Rangers 0 Paxton was AWE.SOME!!! Motter (aka: Motter Pop!) making his mark in Segura’s stead 🙂
Mariners 8 | Rangers 7 Kuma didn’t have it today – thankfully, the bully did! And, how ’bout that Mitch Haniger?!? He got ’em back in it with a THREE-run jack, kept ’em in it by robbin’ one at the wall . . . fantastic!!! And, the new found speed showed up in the 9th (Dyson with a lead-off infield hit, a steal and scored the tying run 🙂
Great series . . . nice to get on a roll, let’s keep rolling on past the Fish!!!
It was nice to have the “pomp” (opening day ceremonies) match the circumstance (a win!) for the #MarinersOpener
All the usual touches from the bunting, to the confetti, to the Make-A-Wish kid run around the bases to the video with Dave’s voice reading the poem “Welcome Back Baseball” . . .
Welcome back, baseball. Welcome back.
And, since this also happens to be the celebration of the Mariners 40th season, there was an extra special ‘first pitch’ – a group effort from: Willie Bloomquist, Harold Reynolds, Mark McLemore and Rupert Jones
Dad and I had a fabulous time, as usual, our tradition . . .
Of course, the best part was the WIN!!!
(especially after the abysmal road trip that started the season)
Mariners 6 | Astros 0
Talk about clicking on all cylinders!
- Pitching was awesome (just imagine, an entire year of THIS James Paxton 7IP-8K-0R)
- 2-5 in the line up came through at 8 for 14 w/3 doubles, and FIVE RBI
- 6-9 came through with 1 walk, 3 hits, 2 runs
- the lone bad spot was 1 – Segura left the game with a hamstring strain
All-in-All, a great day (even splurged on some great new M’s merch: jacket, t-neck and jersey)
So happy baseball is back 🙂
The bats FINALLY came alive in the finale and just when we thought we’d see one of the final “firsts” (a starters ‘W’) the bullpen totally imploded . . .
a 9-3 lead in the 9th turned into a nightmarish 10-9 loss
Mariners 9 | Angels 10
the positives thus far:
- 3 for 8 w/RISP (after 1 for 7, and 1 for 6 in the first two games
- Robbie breaking out: homer, double, FIVE rbi
- Mitch leading the M’s in homers (THREE) and runs (EIGHT)
- Gene leading the Ms in average (.333), hits (TEN) and steals (THREE)
- Felix seems to have no residual issues with the groin, decent outing yesterday
- Kuma starting out well (despite too many walks) and his lack of a W on Sunday was not his fault
the negatives thus far:
- until today, the bats were cold as ice
- the bullpen has given up runs in FOUR of the SEVEN games so far
Time for the boys to head home, time to stack up some WINS!!!
See you tomorrow @Mariners 🙂
Obviously, the most important first came today . . .
the M’s first WIN ~ finally!
Mariners 4 | Astros 2
Here’s some other Mariners “firsts” from the first series of the 2017 season . . .
(notice that the some of the “new guys” are well represented 🙂 )
- hit = Segura
- double = Cano
- home run = Segura
- run scored = Haniger
- RBI = Valencia
- walk = Cruz
- intentional walk = Seager
- win = Altavilla
- save = Diaz
- stolen base = Haniger
- double-play = Seager-Cano
- outfield assist = Haniger
there were also some bad firsts (first loss, first blown save, first error) but, we’ll choose to focus on the positive . . . this is Rosy, after all 😉
Next up, the Hated Halos – Go M’s!
Pitchers (13 + 5 DL)
53 ALTAVILLA, Dan RHP
39 DIAZ, Edwin RHP
38 FIEN, Casey RHP
49 GALLARDO, Yovani RHP
34 HERNANDEZ, Felix RHP
18 IWAKUMA, Hisashi RHP
37 MIRANDA, Ariel LHP
60 OVERTON, Dillon LHP
65 PAXTON, James LHP
47 PAZOS, James LHP
25 RZEPCZYNSKI, Marc LHP
58 SCRIBNER, Evan RHP
50 VINCENT, Nick RHP
31 CISHEK, Steve — DL RHP
59 SIMMONS, Shae — DL RHP
33 SMYLY, Drew — DL LHP
63 WHALEN, Rob — DL RHP
55 ZYCH, Tony — DL RHP
52 RUIZ, Carlos C
3 ZUNINO, Mike C
Infielders (5 + 1 DL)
22 CANÓ, Robinson 2B
21 MOTTER, Taylor INF
15 SEAGER, Kyle 3B
2 SEGURA, Jean SS
26 VALENCIA, Danny INF
36 O’MALLEY, Shawn — DL INF
23 CRUZ, Nelson OF/DH
1 DYSON, Jarrod OF
17 HANIGER, Mitch OF
5 HEREDIA, Guillermo OF
12 MARTIN, Leonys OF
Made the journey down to AZ . . .
though I freely admit, M’s Spring Training was not the only thing on my mind . . .
After many months of house sale/house purchase, moving into a rental and finally, moving into our “forever home” and out of storage ~ all during one of the coldest winters on record and so far, one of the wettest springs ~ I was ready for a little rest, relaxation and sunshine!!!
As it happens, I was with two gals from Seattle (one a non-baseball fan; one who likes, not loves it) and another who is a passionate Indians fan (she hails from Ohio) AND Padre fan (currently resides in SanDiego) so, all this to say I only managed to see ONE Mariners game . . . 😦
Mariners 2 | Padres 12
which I can’t say I gained any sort of reasonable data from (other than, the Pads can hit ’em out when the wind is blowing 😉 )
Just a few observations/predictions . . .
- MOST IMPROVED: the fact that (at the time of this game) Mike Zu was leading the team in walks, is a very good thing!
- BEST NEWCOMER: have since heard an interview with Mitch Haniger and (with the notable exception of his love for ‘Bay area sports” – yuk!) he seems as advertised in both talent and like-ability 🙂
- COMEBACK KID: as I’m sure others were – so excited when I saw Smiley in the WBC and now, he’s down with “soggy” arm – not exactly encouraging words from the Skipper 😦
- TEAM COMPONENT IMPROVEMENT: speed and great outfield defense may actually be a thing this season
- UNSUNG HEROS; I’m getting really good vibes about the bullpen (and that was even before we signed old friend Mark Lowe!)
- ACE IN THE HOLE: and then there’s Felix – seems more motivated than ever before (down season last year when we finally had a little offense) – methinks he’s gonna do good 😉
One thing’s for sure . . .
craziness happens at ST for the previous WS winner ~ the line at the Cubs/Tribe game was insane!
On a non-baseball note . . .
I highly recommend two restaurants: Indigo Crow (Cave Creek) and Dick’s Hideaway (Phoenix)
FOUR MORE DAYS ~ Go M’s!!!