9-28-2011 Safeco Field

The last Seattle Mariners home game of the season. The last baseball game I’ll probably attend this season. Finally here. It was sort of depressing that the 2011 baseball season went by so fast. It felt like just the other week it was the middle of July and things were just getting started. But here we were. At Safeco Field one last time in 2011.

I seriously thought there would be way more people at the gates for this one. But I was wrong. While I waited for the gates to open I played a friendly game of catch with a kid that nearly shows up every afternoon just to play catch. He doesn’t go to the games at all. It’s rather strange if you ask me. Here I am playing catch with him…

…as you can see the kid has quite an arm…

…and as you can see I’m pretty much a stud. (Ahem) Anyway.

Once the gates opened this is what I saw:

That’s Tom Wilhelmsen way out in the distance. He was way too far out for me to call to him. So I just soaked in the empty stadium. As you can see there wasn’t going to be any batting practice. So snagging at least one baseball to keep my streak alive was going to be incredibly difficult. Especially since either team may or may not even come out to stretch. It was the last game of the season and both teams, the Mariners and the Athletics, were both way out of playoff contention.

Once the rest of the stadium opened up at 5:10pm, I walked around the entire stadium to look for an opportunity to snag at least one baseball. I wandered down to the third base area and noticed this kid…

…do you see what he’s wearing? He’s wearing a Mariners jersey and an Athletics hat. When I walked up on him he was just putting on his Athletics hat and shortly after I took this picture he took off his Mariners jersey. You’re probably saying, “so what?” Well, I’ll tell you so what. Baseball players tend to pay attention to small details like that. It’s actually no big deal to me. I just thought it was extremely bold to change baseball swag in front of the players.

After hanging around this area for about fifteen minutes I was able to snag a Rick Rodriguez overthrow. And sadly that was the only baseball I was able to snag. After I caught the overthrow the Athletics slowly packed up their gear and wandered off the field. Not another baseball player in sight until about ten minutes before the game started.

Here I am watching the game from the Athletics bullpen area:

It was a pretty sad sight to watch the 2011 baseball season go away. I would’ve cried but I decided to hold my tears in until the Mariners won the World Series.

This season has actually been a pretty awesome one. Not only did I get enough pledges and donations to raise over $200.00 bucks for my Snagging Baseball for Puppies charity for the Seattle Humane Society but I was able to meet quite a few awesome people. And on top of all of that? I snagged 135 baseballs in 53 games! Booyah!

This is Krista.

If you have a Twitter account give her a follow. Her Twitter handle is @MarinerMojo55. She’s probably one of the coolest Mariner fans I’ve ever met. This is what she has to say about baseball;

“I’ve been going to Mariners games for as long as I can remember.  It started with the Kingdome and I continued to go once Safeco Field opened. Up until the 2009 season I only went to a couple of games a season. But now I go to as many games as possible.

I would have to say this past season (2011) would my favorite even though the M’s didn’t do so well. I met SO many people this year!! It is such great feeling to know you will always have a friend at the game.  I’m sure my response will change when the Mariners win the WS in a few years!”

And this is Ryanna. Another awesome Mariners fan. She has a great sense of humor and also has a Twitter account. You can find her here. If you don’t have a Twitter account You are missing out, by the way.

And yes. That’s really her standing inside the Mariners bullpen. And yes that is John Wetteland standing beside her. This is what she has to say about baseball;

“I have only REALLY been a baseball fan for about the past 5 years. When the Sonics left, I decided to get in to baseball. I found a couple of cute Mariners pitchers and after 2 years of going to games “for the cute guys”, I actually started watching the game and really enjoying it. The guys became a bonus, not the main attraction. In 2009 I attended about half the games. I found myself watching games from the beer garden, and there I met miss Carla :):) I decided in 2010 to become a season ticket holder and stood with Carla in #GirlsCorner every game. Same in 2011. #GirlsCorner grew and we have a blast every game!! I am in love with baseball.

In 2010 I went to US Cellular Field and sadly watched the Mariners get swept by the White Sox. This past season I attended the 1 exhibition game at Dodger Stadium and then later in the season went to Angels Stadium. Of those 3, I don’t really know what one would be my favorite. None of them are Safeco and I didn’t have my spot to stand, so it just wasn’t the same. The one stadium I would like to visit and am hoping possibly to get to in 2012 is Fenway!!!”

If you’ve been going to games at Safeco Field and are somewhat oblivious to the #Girlscorner, well I will explain. It’s this group of girls, and sometimes guys, that get together and meet in the beer garden near the Mariners bullpen. They have shirts and everything. It’s actually pretty awesome. So if you’re ever at a Mariners game feel free to go say hi to these lovely ladies.

And last but not least, this is Carla. I met her on opening day of this season but I really didn’t become friends with her until about after the All-start break. I was off doing my thing, you know, ignoring everyone and snagging baseballs, so I really didn’t get to know her until much later in the season. But she is one awesome woman. I kind of view her as the leader of the #GirlsCorner too. She’s very fun to talk with and knowns a ton about a baseball. Go. Say. Hi. Next. Season. Thank you.

During the ninth inning, and since the Mariners were losing, again, I decided to sneak down to the Athletics dugout to see if I could catch some baseball bats, baseballs, batting helmets etc. Here’s my view as I’m getting ready to pounce:

The Athletics were pretty selfish with the swag. When I figured that out I managed to make my way over to an over-crowded Mariners dugout. But they were tossing all kinds of stuff into the crowd. Baseballs, batting gloves, t-shirts, bats…it was insane! Check out the mob!

And in the chaos I managed to score a Dustin Ackley batting glove!

It landed right at my feet. I even surprised myself at how fast I could move to get it! And here’s a picture of my batting glove with the baseball I snagged before the game:

I’d have to say it was a pretty awesome night even though the Mariners lost.

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Game; September 268h 2011 Oakland Athletics vs Seattle Mariners

Gameballs; One

Attendance; 20,173

Snagging Baseballs for Puppies has raised; $220.70 this season.

Snagging Baseballs for Relief in Japan has raised; $50.50 this
season

2 Comments

Hey Wayne, did you miss Brandon out there on the field? He threw a few balls to one of the catchers, couldn’t tell which one, and walked on the warning track for a bit, then came to the bullpen to throw a couple of imaginary pitches. I think I put some pix on FB.

See you next year!

Fay,

Yeah, I saw him. I even got a couple of pictures of him throwing imaginery pitches in the bullpen. It was pretty awesome!

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