Jr in bronze . . .

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 . . .

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sweeep!!! | Rangers at Safeco

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!!!

 

 

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 🙂

#24EVER ~ the ceremony to celebrate an unbelievable career

What a night, what a career, what a celebration!

Saying the Mariners do ceremony well is a serious understatement.
So easy to get engrossed in the moments, the memories and the emotions that you can almost forget that after the celebration, there’s still a baseball game to watch 🙂

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prepping for the ceremony

The M’s pulled out all the stops, deservedly so, for Junior . . .
from the 24 in center field, on either side of home plate and even flying in the sky to baseball 24’s in person (Rickey Henderson and Tony Perez) and other famous 24’s on the video screen (Jeff Gordon and Kobe Bryant)

from fellow Seattle Hall of Famers (Steve Largent, Cortez Kennedy, Spenser Haywood and Gary Payton) to all of the current M’s wearing backwards caps and 24 jerseys during batting practice to video tributes from none other than Hank Aaron and Willie Mays and the announcement that Junior’s sweet swing will be immortalized in the form of a statue outside Safeco Field next season ❤

And, of course, Junior added an impromptu touch of his own with a call to Mr. Mays 😉

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And then, the culmination, Junior’s daughter Taryn helped unveil the ultimate 24

 

I thoroughly enjoyed it and am so thankful I got to see it in person with my Dad!

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tweets of the celebration . . . 

g38-43 | the M’s are in love w/the road…

Sailing through B’more and sweeping through Cinci . . .
and they just keep adding to their major league best road record (18-7)

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Mariners 10 | Orioles 0

Mariners 2 | Orioles 5

Mariners 7 | Orioles 2

Mariners 8 | Reds 3

Mariners 4 | Reds 0

Mariners 5 | Reds 4

 

Nice work, Mariners!

And, while you were away, Safeco Field still came out to play!

from The Piano Man . . .

 

to United Way’s All Star Softball Classic . . .

 

g1 | watching the game in OakTown from The Safe = awesome!

So the Mariners did this REALLY COOL thing….
Since there were SO many changes to our “summer home” over the winter, they decided to have an Open House on Opening Day! Free parking, free admission and the freedom to roam all over the field and check everything out prior to the home opener, while our boys were down in Oakland on Opening Day!

I'm home!!!

I’m home!!!

The field was roped off, of course but, fans could walk all around the warning track to inspect the new dimensions (and, some even sat in the dugout!)

I decided I would check out the new restaurant, Edgar’s Cantina, for several reasons: it was located where the most significant “fence movement” occurred, it had a great view of the new video board and last but not least, I was in the mood for a margarita (or two!)

Edgar's Cantina ~ new at Safeco Field for 2013

Edgar’s Cantina ~ new at Safeco Field for 2013

yum!

yum!

The bar at Edgar's Cantina

The bar at Edgar’s Cantina

The hand operated scoreboard was just above us

Of course the main attraction of the night was the new, HUGE video board! Which we were glued to all night as we watched Felix and the guys take on the A’s . . .

First pitch in Oakland

First pitch in Oakland

Fans at the Open House

Fans at the Open House

Jen talking to our "host"

Jen talking to our “host”

It was an awesome evening and the best part was, of course, the VICTORY!

Mariners Win! Mariners Win!

Mariners Win! Mariners Win!

Speaking of the game, here are the particulars . . .

Mariners 2 | Athletics 0

ON THE MOUND
A very Happy Felix Day, it was!
7.2 IP ~ THREE hits ~ ONE walk ~ ZERO earned runs ~ EIGHT strikeouts

Happy Felix Day! | Ezra Shaw, Getty Images

Felix got TWO outs in the 8th, then gave up a double and his only walk of the game.

In came Charlie, who walked the only batter he faced. Then Stephen got the last batter to ground out and then The Bartender entered, reminding us about “Closing Time” by preserving the win for Felix and recording his first save of 2013.

AT THE PLATE
Well, the offense wasn’t exactly lighting the baseball world on fire tonight . . .
They only managed FIVE hits (all singles!) but they also walked FOUR times
Thankfully, with Felix pitching, all it took was to string a couple of those hits and walks together (which they did in the 5th)

IN THE FIELD
* Brendan with a stolen base
* no DP’s 😦

Tweet of the game . . .

 

December moves ~ players and restaurants!

More physical changes coming to the Safe!
As part of the rearrangement of fences, there’ll be a bit more real estate behind them so, why not add a restaurant? (actually, just replacing/expanding the old “Flying Turtle”) and, what better namesake than Edgar?!?