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!
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 . . .
my photos of the game . . .