What I’ve Learned From 4 Months Of Diehard Mariners Baseball Fandom

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), 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, itโ€™s advisable that you do so.

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Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

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.

mean look at those smiles!

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).

Seats At First Base| Night At A Mariner’s Game

Weekend of July 20th was a very busy weekend not only for the Refuse to Abuse Mariner’s Care 5K, but the weekend where all baseball fans turn their attention to Cooperstown for the Baseball Hall of Fame inductees. This year the Mariner’s own Edgar Martinez was inducted into the class of 2019. For both Saturday and Sunday the Mariners celebrated this monument milestone with Funko Pop heads of Martinez, replicate plaques and a live streaming of the event to all fans in the ballpark before the afternoon game on Sunday. Oh how exciting to be a part of history-baseball history.

The game on July 20th was against the LA Angles (yep saw them in June) and this was the night to celebrate not only getting a free collectable Funko Pop of Martinez, but to celebrate all the hard work leading up to me crossing the finish line earlier in the day at the Refuse to Abuse 5K (more on it later this week). Originally I was going to go with a friend, but the friend ended up bailing on me last two weeks before show time. In the end I found someone else to go with me in the end. Hence my Dad enjoying a beer, Mariner dog and watching baseball live in action.

The Funko Pop up figuring was handed out to the first 20,000 fans entering the stadium. At one point while walking to our seats, a guy bought (yes bought) one of the Funko Pops off us for $20. I still cannot believe that happened to us! Apparently theses Funkos’ will be worth some money on the eBay market once Edgar Martinez is established in the hall of fame.

Edgar Martinez

Our seats this time were the best! I had picked them out back in May after the discount tickets were available from Refuse to Abuse 5K. The seats were along the first base line, and had a great view of the action. Throughout the game, there were so many foul balls flying into our section and at one point a person in the first row did get hit pretty hard by a foul ball. The kicker, those where my original seats before Ticketmaster timed me out for taking so long to pay! I could have ended up with a ball!!

There were a good few people who were Angles fans sitting near us. At one point there were some crazy comments going on around us over one of the players on the Angles team. Mike Trout is the name. At one point a few of the Mariner’s fans started to call him “salmon” as if something funny. There were three Angles fans with jerseys with Mike Trout’s name on them sitting in front of us.

There were a lot of crazy moments in the game, and a few moments where you could not believe you just witnessed some funny thing a player did. I have always loved baseball when it is not being serious all the time, but has some humor to it. I even got to see my favorite third baseman Kyle Seager. Man I love baseball pants!

At the beginning of the 9th inning, it was time to start making our way home before the large crowds started. At this point the game was a tie with 2-2 since 4th inning. When I got home, the score had changed to 2-6 with the Angles beating the Mariners. At least the game was good and not watching a team loose without a fight.

As you read this, by the beginning of the coming week, another Mariner player will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Maybe one day the Mariners will make it to the World Series. There is always next year!

Girls Day At The Ballpark| Mariners vs. LA Angles

What more could be perfect then spend a birthday at the ball park? After all I did spend two months hammering out a four part series about it. The birthday ballgame was the Seattle Mariners vs. LA Angles, and it was little league day. During game pauses, the camera caught many of the kids dancing to the music on the jumbo screen. This made for a very entertaining day.

Thirty two years never looked so good! And a great start to another year of anything possible when you looked at this view from the beginning of the game. Just by the view we had great seats! Even eating one ballpark brat, countless handfuls of white cheddar puffs, and a few peanuts, I just could not beat how good it felt to pig out for once (training for the 5k is hard at times). Next month I will be running around this field for 5k so I look forward to “running” the bases.

I’m so thankful for these wonderful friends who made the day fun and exciting! Even with the seats being in the sun, we all some how survive the heat and may have sunburns to prove it. Also the arrow pointing to me is in reference to the other girl on my left is my birthday twin.

The game was interesting with at least one home run by the Mariners, but alas, the Mariners lost to the Angles. Maybe at the next ball game I attend the Mainers will win! Keeping fingers crossed!