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Saturday, June 25, 2011

My First Mariners Game: June 18, 2011

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Last Saturday, Cary and I drove from the beach at Ocean Shores to Seattle to attend a Mariner's game.  It was my first time ever being to a Major League Baseball game, and I was so excited.  The Mariners were playing the Philadelphia Phillies, another team that I enjoy watching on t.v.  Cary ordered tickets for us on the phone.  He asked for the best available seats, which ended up to be 30 rows up behind home plate, and cost $70.00 each plus tax.  We later picked them up at the Will Call booth.  Make sure that if you get your tickets this way to bring your ID and the credit card that you ordered the tickets with, or they won't give them to you.


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Safeco Field is an amazing and beautiful stadium, and is fairly new.  Before it was finished in 1999, the Mariners played in the Kingdome.  Safeco Field has a retractable roof that slides off and on, depending upon the weather conditions.  You won't get stuck sitting in the rain at this ball field.  Here is more info on SAFECO FIELD.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

This was our view.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

When we got there, the Phillies were at batting practice.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Sometimes, I just totally love my camera.  I used the Action Sports Shooting option most of the time during the game.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

The first 10,000 people who got into the gate that night got a Felix Hernandez hat, just like the kind that he always wears.  Cary is showing us his.  I got one too.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

The Moose, the Mariner's mascot, kept everybody entertained with his antics.  He is standing on the visitors dugout roof in this picture.


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

The Peanut Man was pretty entertaining himself.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Before the game started, the little girl and her mom were selected to play a Mariners Trivia game.  The answered all the questions correctly, and won.  The Moose cheered them along.


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

The starting line-ups.


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Mariner's pitcher, Felix Hernandez is awesome.  A young guy, he has always played for the Mariners.  He is currently one of the very best pitchers in baseball.  Seriously.  He has gotten himself quite a following, and is known as "The King".

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

This season, a new development has taken root for lovers of King Felix.  Fans wear their yellow T-shirts, crowns, wigs and whatever else, and sit in the same section to root for The King.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

They sit in Kings Court.  Last night (6/24), the court was expanded to two sections.  It has doubled in size over last week.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Felix pitches to Shane Victorino of the Phillies.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Raul Ibanez is next up-to-bat.  Raul played for the Mariners for years, and he misses Seattle and his friends, and we miss him.  He got a standing ovation the night before at his first up-to-bat, as the crowd let him know that he was still loved by Mariner fans.  It is funny, because I always thought that he was short, like Dustin Pedria of the Red Sox, but he isn't.  He is 6'2" and weighs 227 lbs.


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Felix pitches to Raul.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Dustin Ackley was moved up from the minor leagues the night before.   During this game, at his fifth time ever at bat in a major league game, Dustin hit a home run.  And I have the pictures to prove it:

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


Of course, I took some pictures of Ichiro:

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Alas, the Phillies won.  The final score was 3-1.  Still, it was a great game, and it was magical to be there for the very first time.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

I took tons more photos, but these pretty much tell the story.  I enjoyed sitting next to a very nice couple from Chicago.  I would love to go to another Mariner's game at Safeco Field, but the whole thing was very expensive.  That one night almost cost more than the rest of our trip.  I want to go back and really explore Seattle someday.


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Qwest Field, where the Seahawks play, now has an new name since last week, when I took this picture.  It is now called CenturyLink, and is located right next to Safeco Field.  



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7 comments:

Reflections said...

Sounds like a night of fun! Even if it was kind of expensive.

BECKY said...

Kathy, you have an amazing camera, plus YOU'RE an amazing photographer! Awesome pictures! I can't believe this was your first Major League Baseball game...but if you haven't lived in or near a city that HAS a team, it certainly makes sense! I'm so spoiled...lived most of my life in the St. Louis area, and no matter where I lived...always a St. Louis Cardinal fan! Glad you had fun! And I guess Cary is still doing okay?

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Thanks, ladies. We certainly did have fun ... if we go again, we'll need to stay further away (the hotel was the bulk of the cost, plus we bought the hoodies).

Becky, I'm glad that I finally got to go in person! Thanks for your nice compliments ... I need to figure out about selling some of these now. Cary is coming along nicely, thanks for asking. :-)

Arkansas Patti said...

Enjoyed the pictures of the park and players. Lucky you. My boys are playing there tonight but no TV--darn.
King Felix really took it to my Marlins. They said he was the toughest pitcher they have ever faced.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Great shots! I've never had a camera good enough to get ones that good at a Rays game, though we've had some decent seats there. (Our favorites are up the first base line and fairly close to the field.) I always think the atmosphere at a baseball game is so relaxed and low-key, especially compared to the other pro sports!

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Christine H. said...

I haven't been to see a Mariners game yet, but your post really makes me want to go. I think I'll take the train rather than drive though.

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