Summer Stars in Seattle

Mariners to host their third All Star Game in July 2023

The King and Kuma ~ All Stars

Thanks to the Mariners and Larry Stone for helping us feel like we were there 🙂


Felix pitching, Kuma cheering | Larry Stone

Felix Hernandez brought a special guest to his All-Star media session today at Citi Field in New York– son Jeremy, age 4, who seemed to enjoy listening to his dad field questions in both English and Spanish, and even tackling one briefly in Japanese before giving up. “I’m always arguing around with Kuma, so I know a lot of words,” he said.

Hernandez also brought his wife and 7-year-old daughter Mia with him, and his parents flew to New York from Venezuela yesterday. The Hernandez family and Hisashi Iwakuma flew out of Seattle yesterday on a private jet accompanied by Mike Trout of the Angels, but Felix said they didn’t rub in Seattle’s three-game sweep of the Angels.

“We just talked about something else, we didn’t talk about that,” Hernandez said.

Said Iwakuuma, through interpreter Antony Suzuki, another passenger on the plane: “It was quite an experience. I’ve never had the opportunity to fly with an opponent in the past. It was a good experience. You find out what kind of a guy he is with all the talent he has.”


Iwakuma acknowledged he was disappointed to be out of action but said he’ll be a cheerleader for the American League.

“It’s very unfortunate to not be able to pitch,” he said, “but at the same time you want to take advantage of each moment being here, being an All-Star, being with all this talent. This is a special moment for me.”







Congratulations to the American League on their 3-0 victory




Congratulations to Mariano Rivera on a distinguished career that has transcended all cities, all sports . . .




2011 Mariner All Stars and the 2nd half starts with a bang

American League 1 | National League 5

Felix didn’t pitch because of his Sunday start but, unlike some others, he was there soaking it all in with both his fellow Mariner and American League teammates.  I missed the introductions (usually my favorite part) and heard they messed up a bit and called Felix’s name when it was Miguel Cabrera’s turn.  Sounds like they both took it in stride though.

Super proud (if I’m allowed) of Michael.  He pitched the 3rd inning and retired the side in order with 10 pitches -8 for strikes- getting Tulowitzki to fly out to center and striking out both Rolen and Weeks – swinging.

Brandon’s mind may have been elsewhere, as his pregnant wife was in attendance at the All Star Game and due to have labor induced for their third child today in Seattle.  He pitched the 7th inning and gave up a single to Pence, struck out Castro, gave up an RBI ground rule double to Sandoval (that drove in the fifth run for the NL) and got Phillips and Sanchez to fly out an pop up respectively.

The second half starts out slightly more than a cake-walk…
oh, just a 4-game homestand with the division-leading Texas Rangers and then off to the east coast for 3-game series with each of Toronto, Boston and New York.  If the M’s can manage to keep their head above water (say play .500) it won’t necessarily mean they are still in the race, but it will say a lot about their grittiness vs. good teams.  If, however, they stumble mightily, they may be out of the race totally but, did any of us expect that they would be there in the first place?  So, even if that happens, this season if far from a waste as they continue to determine what they have in young talent and what they will need going forward as they continue to lay the foundation and move on to the framework of building a championship team.

Go Mariners!

Yay, Michael!

It has just been announced that Michael Pineda will replace Justin Verlander in the 2011 All Star Game!

 Seattle Mariners Congratulations to  pitcher Michael Pineda for being added to the American League All-Star team. He will replace Justin Verlander.

Congratulations to the rookie on the well-deserved honor!

Soak it all in, Michael.  Soak it all in.

Congrats, Wak ~ 1st time All-Star!!!



Maddon selects Don!

Joe Maddon has known Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu for more than 25 years. Maddon just met Royals manager Trey Hillman last season. Both will be at Maddon’s side when he manages the American League All-Star team at the 80th All-Star Game on June 14 in St. Louis.

Maddon, who earned the honor of managing the American League side after leading the Rays to the World Series in 2008, selected Seattle’s Wakamatsu and Kansas City’s Hillman as coaches for Midsummer Classic. Maddon’s Tampa Bay staff, including third-base coach Tom Foley, hitting coach Steve Henderson, first-base coach George Hendrick, pitching coach Jim Hickey, bench coach Dave Martinez and
bullpen coach Bobby Ramos, will accompany Maddon to St. Louis as well.
Maddon said he met Wakamatsu in the early 80s, when Wakamatsu was playing at
Arizona State. “He was a catcher there and Jim Brock was the manager at that
time. Actually, I was a young scout and a Minor League manager myself. Coach
Brock invited me out to work with his catchers and one happens to be Wak,”
Maddon said. “I just thought it would be a great opportunity for him, being his
first year in Seattle, to come to the All-Star Game. It should be, in some ways,
beneficial to him and to that franchise.” Wakamatsu said Maddon offered
him the job when the Rays visited Seattle earlier this season. “I’ve known Joe for 25 years, and was honored he’d ask me, especially a first-year manager,” Wakamatsu said. “It’s quite an opportunity. I’ll bring my family with me and have them share it with me.”

Wakamatsu’ players were also excited to hear that their first-year skipper was headed to St. Louis. “[Ken] Griffey [Jr.] said the greatest thing about me getting picked is we probably won’t have a workout [during the All-Star break],” Wakamatsu said.