Time to meet at “the T” . . .

Hello, T-Mobile Park!

OK – I’ll be honest, I’m not feeling the magenta.

I’m glad to know that T-Mobile is a northwest born company (didn’t realize that till now) but, the pink seems a bit out of place with all our blue, green and teal. I guess we’ll get use to it. The pink clouds on Opening Night, however, were lovely . . .

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pink clouds preferred to magenta signs

Well, the M’s are certainly off to a great start!

After having won both games vs. the Athletics in Japan, neither of which I watched, (I get up at 4am normally, just can’t make those 2:30am first pitches) they managed to take three of four from the world champs at home!

Scoring Early

One thing I noticed in the Red Sox series (besides the fact that I recognize less than one third of the team 😉 is that, except for the first game where they scored in all but three innings, they scored a LOT early but, nothing after the 4th inning in both the second and fourth games and nothing after the 5th in the third game.

Who IS this offense?!?

  • Averaging EIGHT runs per game
  • Total of FOURTEEN DOUBLES
  • batting .310 w/RISP
  • Then there’s the  l o n g  balls . . .jiminey christmas! At least one in every game so far! FIFTEEN total: four Japan vs the A’s and eleven in the Red Sox series

Pen Probs

As a whole, the pen’s not doing two bad: a handful of guys are yet to post an ERA, gone through several long stretches in game w/o giving up runs. But, our new closer, Hunter Strickland, gave up a 3-run homer to Mitch Moreland in game two – which proved to be the winning run in the only Red Sox win. After the game, Bill Kruger mentioned he thought Hunter was making some suspicious movements, like he may be hurt – turns out he was right 😦 as Hunter has landed on the DL with a lat strain – out for “a couple of months” according to the Skipper.

3B woes

Gotta feel for Dylan Moore – rookie who got his first start at 3B on Saturday night and proceeded to commit THREE ERRORS in-a-row in the top of the 9th inning. Thankfully, the M’s were able to hang on to the ONE-run victory. Hopefully, he’ll get back out there soon – really the only way to push through the yips – #JustAskBlowers

Next up, the Halos for TWO – Felix’s first start of the season tomorrow . . . 

 

Now, some of the special moments of Opening Night . . .

Awesome to see the ovation for Edgar throwing out the first pitch and the unveiling of the countdown to the Hall of Fame . . .

 A moment of silence for those lost . . .

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Awesome sunset from the third level concourse . . .

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Black and White is better . . .

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and then the garish from the outside . . .

 

g1 | Home again . . .

Surprise, surprise!

Compass Rosy is still around 😉

I’ve definitely been a bad fan by letting too many distractions get in the way of focusing on the Mariners this late Winter/early Spring – but, no more! I”m going to do my best to keep up with our “boys of summer” this season. My commute now requires a ferry ride and does not allow for my to watch complete games on TV (let alone attend in person without special arrangements – like I made in order to attend this one) since I have to arise at 4am every weekday to catch the first boat off the island. But, will do my best to stay engaged and provide thoughts and observations as we go along in 2018 . . .

WELCOME BACK BASEBALL 🙂

Great to be back at Safeco Field for actual Opening Day . . .

I’ve never missed a home opener at Safeco Field – and not about to start now, no matter where I live! Interesting that this is only the second time in the past ten seasons that the M’s actually opened the season at home!

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Firsts for the First Game . . .

  • Win – FELIX
  • Save – EDWIN
  • Strike Out – FELIX
  • Hit – ROBBIE
  • Walk – DEE
  • Double – MITCH
  • Homer – NELLIE
  • RBI – NELLIE

 

 

 

And then there were the  firsts in the first inning . . . 

Robbie had the first M’s hit on the first pitch he saw, followed by Nellie who hit it out with no doubt on the first pitch to him.

With the M’s leading 2-1, a bit of frustrating drama in the top of the ninth . . .

Eddie’s first save was anything but boring: he struck out the first batter; then hit the second batter, who later advanced on a balk AND stole 3B; then he hit the third batter; then he struck out the next two.

In between . . .

Felix: 5.1 innings, TWO hits, TWO walks, FOUR K’s

Bullpen: despite Edwin’s drama, that ended well, they are looking good – combined for 3.2 innings, THREE hits (all off Nick) ONE run (Nick) and FOUR K’s

Skipper praised Mike (Marjama – not Mike Zu, who was scratched shortly before the game with an oblique strain 😦 ). Given the unusual circumstances – only his sixth MLB start and the first opening day start of his career, plus getting hit on the hand early in the game. He was able to navigate well through Felix’s innings and the barrage of bullpen guys.

Other notable items . . .

  • Mitch is batting 1.000 🙂
  • Felix looks ready
  • Eddie’s drama and Nick’s rough outing, the bullpen looks solid
  • Ichiro is more than a bit rusty . . .
  • Dee might need a few games to adjust to Safeco’s huge outfield 😉

Safeco Field record for attendance for a regular season game: 41,497

tweets of the game . . . 

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/979561135706959872

 

my photos of the game  . . .

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home opener | the pomp matched the circumstance

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 🙂

Meet your 2017 Seattle Mariners!

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

Catchers (2)

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

Outfielders (5)

23 CRUZ, Nelson OF/DH

1 DYSON, Jarrod OF

17 HANIGER, Mitch OF

5 HEREDIA, Guillermo OF

12 MARTIN, Leonys OF

g4 | lots of pomp, little circumstance . . .

From the moment I stepped off the link light rail and onto the platform at Stadium Station ~ pleasantly assailed by the aromas of scotch broom, hot dogs and roasted peanuts ~ until my head hit the pillow, I savored every moment of the fact that: Baseball. Is. Back.

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couldn’t have asked for better weather (especially in April!)

From the record-setting regular season crowd to the Griffey Cooperstown Countdown, from the Make-a-Wish kid running the bases to the Military mom surprising her son, from Mr. Niehaus’s voice welcoming us all to Junior “Felixing” after the ceremonial first pitch, from the rare and amazing Seattle Spring weather to the Safeco Field sunset . . .
the Opening Night pomp and circumstance was super stupendous.

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And there they are, your 2016 SEATTLE MARINERS!!!

Oh, and then we got to watch this little game they call baseball . . .

Mariners 2 | Athletics 3

ON THE MOUND
Tai was a bit amped at first . . . 
(seemed like we could almost hear his breath and heart from the third deck) but, he eventually settled down, still threw a ton of pitches (in part due to two errors by his defense in the 2nd) and THREE of his K’s ended an inning . . .
SIX innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ FOUR strikeouts

The bullpen continued its roll, until the 9th . . .
} Joel and Joaquin both posted hitless frames combining for THREE K’s
} Then, as they were anointing the new closer, Steve,  complete with the audio-visual hoopla, I thought to myself . . . this isn’t a close situation and he hasn’t recorded a save yet (situation ripe for jinxing) and – BAM! Homer into the right field seats breaking the 2-2 tie  😦

AT THE PLATE
First game, in the extremely small sample size, where the M’s didn’t hit multiple homers.
Other than Dae-Ho’s solo shot,’t was the most anemic offensive performance yet . . .
~ only THREE other hits – all singles (Nori, Ketel, Robbie)
~ only TWO walks and both were stranded
~ nice to a little manufacturing (Leonys HBP after Dae-Ho’s homer, 1B to 3B on Nori’s single, scored on Ketel’s fly)

IN THE FIELD
Not their best leather but, not their worst so far . . .
* the good = TWO lovely DPs
* the bad = TWO errors in ONE inning (no damage but, a few extra pitches for Tai)

tweets of the game . . .

 

‘t would have been nice to get the win but, my theory is the M’s have issues with the first game of a series 😉

Anyway, the best part, is that I got to share it all with my Dad . . .

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The tradition continues

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almost time . . .

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awaiting the introductions . . .

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Opening Night

 

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Celebrating a legend

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Junior “Felixing” after his ceremonial first pitch

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Tai’s first pitch of 0f 2016

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Safeco Sunset

 

Hey, still atop the AL West 😉

FOUR down, ONE HUNDRED FIFTY EIGHT to go!

 

g1 | Opening Day in Arlington

Mariners 2 | Rangers 3

So, after ONE game .  . .

  • Felix gave up FIVE walks and took the loss
  • all but THREE M’s batters are hitless (Sardinas doesn’t count, since he didn’t play)
  • Iannetta is batting 1.000
  • the M’s commit TWO errors Seager and Marte (accounting for TWO unearned runs)
  • the Rangers have only ONE hit
  • the M’s have TWO homers (Seager and Cano)
  • Monty has yet to post an earned run average

Something tells me, pacing this trajectory would be serious folly (seriously crazy game)

tweets of the game . . . 

g7 | bleak blends to bright and we’re happy at home!

bleak bright

 

After a glorious Spring day yesterday (70 degrees!) we were back to drizzle  and 50 today (thank goodness for Safeco Field’s roof!). So, while it was quite soggy traveling to and fro, it was perfectly dry in-between. And, who wouldn’t take an awesome WIN over  beautiful WEATHER any day?!?

 

 

Mariners 5 | Angels 3

ONE THE MOUND
From rocky road to smooth sailing to ohhh no!
James recorded the first out on THREE pitches (a ground out) and then, before you could blink, a single and back-to-back homers (Pujols and Freese) had the Halos up 3-0 (with only ONE out). But, those would be their only hits until the 6th and their only runs for the entire game, as James pretty much “reclined” after the second homer retired FOURTEEN in-a-row! Unfortunately, after allowing a lead-off single in the 6th he left the game with (what we would hear later) a strained lat. MRI coming tomorrow ~ thoughts and prayers that it’s not serious. His final line . . .
FIVE innings ~ FOUR hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ FOUR strikeouts

The bullpen was interesting at times but, managed to combine for . . . .
FOUR innings ~ ZERO hits ~ ZERO runs ~ FOUR walks ~ FIVE strikeouts
} Yourvis entered the game with a runner on 1B in the 6th. And, while the end result of his inning was great it took
F  O   R   E   V   E    R    to get there as he took an eternity between pitches and occasionally tossed over to 1B. Eventually, he struck out Trout, walked Pujols and got Freese to hit into a (very pretty!) double play. I don’t remember him being that frustratingly slow to work last season – maybe I blocked it out.
} Danny pitched 1.2 innings allowing NO hits, ONE walk and ONE strikeout
} Tom came in for the last out of the 8th – Trout – and struck him OUT
} Fernando decided to make things a little to interesting in the 9th when he walked the first TWO batters (argh!!) but, after Lloyd (and the ENTIRE infield) paid a little visit to the mound – struck out the next TWO and recorded a fly out to end the GAME, earn the SAVE and record the WIN (and yes – “shoot the bow”)

AT THE PLATE
Only EIGHT total hits but . . .
~ TWO were doubles (Kyle and Justin)
~ TWO were homers – BOTH by Corey (good for FOUR of the FIVE RBI)
~ FIVE walks – THREE by Kyle  (he’s gotta get on base some how, some way – though I think everyone knows will come ’round soon)

 

IN THE FIELD
Solid night in the field all ’round . . .
* no circuitous routes in the OF and, in fact, MULTIPLE, nice running catches by both Dustin AND Stefen
* sweet SMOTHER by Kyle on a smash liner down the line that he then tossed to Justin for the out
* Justin just continues his (IMO) very under-rated play at 1B
* Robbie is just.so.smooth.

 

quote of the game . . .
Lloyd upon being asked what he said to Rodney when he went out to the mound in the 9th

“I can’t even tell you.”

I’m guessing it wasn’t language suitable for radio – funny thing though, Fernando went from 92 to 98 after the “language”  😉

 

tweets of the game . . .

 

my photos of the game . . .

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