Although there are endless wonderful things to do in Seattle to be a diehard fan about, one recent development is my four month (or could be more than that?) relationship with America’s pastime (does anyone see the sarcasm in this name for baseball?). Living in Seattle my whole life means automatically you are a Seattle Mariners fan. Well you like to make people think that. Still, even back in 2014 when I was dating a diehard baseball fan, I still had not embraced fully the “true to the blue” motto that I was surrounded by on a daily basis ( Yes, I have spent a Friday evening watching a single game in sweltering evening sun, but tell you that would take away from the atmosphere I am trying to get you to envision. So ignore that post).
In the four months of summer, I decided to not only punch out a four part series on baseball as the road to God (I know you are sick of me typing this out again, so this is the last time 😉 ), signing up for a 5K that let you run inside the ball park, and buying not one ticket, but a few, I dived navy blue ball cap- first into the apparent heartbreaking nightmare that is the Seattle Mariners. Yep I said that! I attended games at T-Mobile Park, streamed the games online, had the scores posted to my home-screen on my Galaxy phone, bought the ridiculously priced apparel- you know the drill right?
In fact I went so far as to venture out to some guy I knew who was a diehard fan to go to a game with me (boy did that turn out to be a three strikes out moment!). Still I found my grandma would be proud of me if she knew I went to a baseball game with a bunch of girls who liked baseball and still could sit through all nine innings. Even with trying to pray- praying hard- for the Mariners to win more than a few games, I still found the whole experience be a fabulous time (beer may have been involved) to do something old school American. Since we have reached the end of the season, I hold my steadfast commitment to “staying true to the blue.” For now.
Through the months of diehard (sorta) Mariner baseball fandom, I’ve learned quite a bit:
Those Baseball Sayings:
There are a ridiculous number of terms for various things in baseball that can be hilarious when you put them into everyday terms. Case in point;
Or is just me? When I really think about, dating is like a game of baseball and the terms above can be applied to the whole process. Take “home run” has many versions of meaning the same thing; “dinger, ” and “fat bomb” Just imagine during a baseball game, a date turns to you with a zinger of “playing hardball” with my heart. Let along the other variations of home run! Okay I will leave it right there.
Pitchers vs. Cows in Bullpens:
There is a sizable chance cattle would do a savvier job at maintaining a team’s lead than many of the pitchers paid millions to throw a ball come waltzing out of the bullpens. Mariners may no longer have ‘King” Felix anymore, but jeeze what the hell was that pitch? Same goes for batters, if someone pays you $330 million to hit a baseball, it’s advisable that you do so.
Baseball Pants and… I lost train of thought:
I have this thing for a particular third baseman on the team
Since the Mariners franchise went in and cleaned up the roster, there has been some really nice new players to watch. I realized I should have held on to that dream I had in high school of marrying someone who gets paid $450 million (or in Kyle Seager’s case $19.5 million) to play a child’s game.
Also those baseball pants don’t hurt either! I think from this day forward I rather take a guy in baseball pants then skinny jeans any days.
Baseball Hall of Fame:
…is by far better than watching any entertainment award show. Plus when the new inductees this year had a Mariners player, it got even better! Just like how Seattle celebrated the Seahawks winning the Super Bowl, so did all the fans celebrate Edgar Martinez getting the much deserve Hall of Fame status.
Always fashionable in the stands:
I don’t know, but donning a baseball cap, sunglasses, team shirt, blue jeans, and sneakers never goes out of style-ever. Well for girls is does not. No matter what body shape someone is, everyone looks good in the team jersey or shirt. Look up baseball outfits on Pinterest and you will see what I mean.
Maybe next year I can move on to being a diehard Tacoma Rainer’s fan? After all that is the Mariner’s minor league peeps are at! As every Mariners fan keeps saying “keep up the fight.” (Now I’m going to put away my Mariners shirt with my summer stuff).