A few of the folks who follow this blog have asked me to post links on here whenever I write about the Mariners over on Lookout Landing. So I guess I’ll start doing that. On Monday night, I wrote the recap for the Mariners vs Mets game. When we’re assigned a recap, we’re actually put in charge of writing three separate pieces (although only one of them has a substantial amount of writing). The links are below. Enjoy!
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Miles run in 2014: 177.5
Books read in 2014: 49
I hope everyone had a lovely fourth of July!
Instead of standing/sitting/being squashed in a seething mass of Seattlites to watch fireworks set off over Lake Union, this year Stephanie and I opted to do something different. We bought tickets to go see the Aquasox (the single-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners) play up in Everett and watched their fireworks display instead. Somewhat unfortunately, despite the forecast for a 0% chance of precipitation, it actually rained on and off for most of the game. We did not dress accordingly… so we got a little soggy.
Cold, wet baseball fans.
We weren’t miserable, but it sure would’ve been nice to be dry. In any case, the stadium was cute and intimate (only seating ~3,500 people) and our seats provided an excellent view. The food/drinks inside were a little pricey, so we ended up going and getting some Quizno’s a few blocks away before the game started. (I got a turkey+bacon+guacamole sandwich – meat!)
The Cascades provided a picturesque backdrop to the baseball game.
The baseball game featured a lot of good pitching/defense, so the action moved along at a surprisingly quick pace. Despite going into extra innings (the Aquasox lost 2-1 in the 11th), the game took almost exactly 3 hours. Fireworks started promptly 15 minutes after the game ended. The display was a little on the short side, but our visibility was unobstructed and the wind was blowing favorably such that we didn’t get inundated by tons of smoke. Also, they had a ton of those crackly fireworks, which cascade down with a bunch of satisfying pops after they’re set off. Those ones are my favorite! All in all, it was a nice way to spend the Fourth of July.
The view from our seats.
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Miles run in 2014: 171.2
Books read in 2014: 44
Earlier today, Stephanie and I went to another Mariners game. The weather has been amazing in Seattle this week (75-83 °F and super sunny), and I was able to find some very cheap seats on StubHub; we figured it’d be imprudent not to buy tickets. The game started at 12:40 pm and it was actually a little roasty-toasty sitting on the aluminum bleachers which were directly in the sun. Thankfully, there was a pretty persistent breeze coming in off the water so it wasn’t uncomfortably hot.
Play ball! A sunny, breezy day at Safeco Field.
For lunch, we went to the “The Natural” concession stand where they serve a variety of vegetarian entrées. Stephanie got their veggie burger (which she rated as “meh”), and I got the veggie chilli dog. I’m not sure what kind of non-meats were used to make the hot dog, but it was nicely spiced and had a good texture. And the chilli that they dumped on top was thick and well-seasoned and had carrots and corn and chickpeas and kidney beans and lots of other veggies mixed in. On top of this, I piled a bunch of mustard and ketchup and sauerkraut. It was super messy. Unfortunately, I neglected to take a picture of my hot dog before I snarfed it down. Or maybe that’s not really so unfortunate? I suppose a chilli dog probably isn’t the most photogenic type of dog… in any case, it was delicious! And filling. I would definitely get one again.
Our view from the left field bleachers.
Unfortunately, the baseball-related performance of the Mariners was nowhere near as good as the lunchtime-related performance of my chilli dog. Seattle managed exactly two hits. They did not score any runs, losing 2-0. If it hadn’t been so nice out this would have been a fairly miserable baseball game. Oh well. There are certainly worse ways to spend an afternoon!
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Miles run in 2014: 139.1
Books read in 2014: 31
Last night we went down to Safeco Field and caught a Mariners game. It was College Night, which meant we were able to get tickets for only ten bucks (hooray for student IDs without dates on them!). They were also giving away Mariners Beard Hats to the first 20,000 fans, so we were super excited. We went down about two hours before the game started to enjoy the ballpark and the (fleeting) sunshine.
College Night meant that beers were “only” $5 until first pitch. I got Elysian’s Hombre Lager – it was tasty.
Before the game started we hung out in Edgar’s Cantina, which is a small restaurant inside the stadium. It’s just beyond the left field fence underneath the manual scoreboard. Edgar’s is a neat place to take in a game because it has such a unique view; you’re very close to the field (only ~8′ above the playing field) and there’s also a window that looks right into the visitor’s bullpen (providing an up-close view of the catcher’s backside). Every once in awhile someone will even hit a home run right into the restaurant. Also, the food is tasty and relatively reasonably priced (especially for a ballpark). Four of us split a huge serving of chips and gucamole (for $4), and the carnitas torta (meat! – #20) I got was on a big ol’ hoagie and had so much avocado and only cost $9. Waaaay better than eating a hot dog and only a couple bucks more.
Mid-chew, pre-game tortas.
After the first inning, we wandered up to the 300 level and found our seats. We were waaay up there, only three rows down from the top. Fortunately, every seat in Safeco Field has wonderful sight lines, so we still had a lovely view. As the sun set, the clouds behind the stadium were highlighted with a mix of electric pink and deep dark purple, providing a pretty dramatic backdrop for the game. While a bit windy/chilly, it was a nice night for baseball.
The view from our seats.
Seattle was playing the Texas Rangers. The Mariners have been playing terribly so far this season, and Texas was leading the division, so the likelihood of an M’s win wasn’t particularly high. True to form, the Mariners soon found themselves down by two runs, but then they battled back by scoring four runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a three run lead! Their new ($14 million) “closer” came in for what should’ve been an easy outing… and promptly gave up two hits, hit a batter, and walked in two runs. However, despite his best efforts to lose the game, the Mariners first baseman made an extraordinary diving play to snag a hard-hit line drive and execute a game ending double play. Mariners win!!!
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Miles run in 2014: 132.7
Books read in 2014: 27