On Saturday, 9 April, I joined nieces, nephews, and their friends to watch a Mariners (M's) game at Safeco Field, the M's home field, against the Cleveland Indians. It was the second game of their first homestand series of the season. It has been and continue to be an unusually cold and wet spring in Seattle. It was too cold to watch a baseball game. But there was a good incentive to attend the game -- the first 20,000 fans inside the ballpark receive courtesy Felix Hernandez bobblehead dolls. Felix, the M's pitching ace, is the reigning American League Cy Young award winner.
It has been awhile since the last M's game that I attended -- six seasons to be exact. Since we went early to the ballpark to ensure getting the giveaway prize, I had plenty of time to walk around the stadium and see the views inside and outside. Although it was cold, as usual I was wearing short pants but still bundled up warm with a fleece jacket and a second rain jacket. We had fairly decent seats in the outfield, but the area took a brunt of the cold wind that was briskly blowing. A family who was sitting next to us didn't last through the first inning and went home because it was too cold. We were able to last longer because people in my group were enjoying a host of stadium food during the first couple of innings of the game. By the third inning, there were already a few of us that would go to the corridors of the stadium to get respite from the blustery weather. By the fifth inning, we left our seats, and congregated and socialized among ourselves under the bleachers. By the end of the sixth inning, we were all on our way out of the ballpark. It was too damn cold, and the M's were not playing well enough to generate excitement.
This coming Friday, we have a much bigger group (48 people) to watch the ball game against the Chicago White Sox. Seattle is still going through its cold spring spell; wet weather is forecasted for that evening. The retractable roof of Safeco Field, if in the cover position, may provide adequate protection from the cold wind. We will still attend the game because of the Ichiro bobblehead giveaway prize to the first 25,000 fans inside. I am just not sure how long we will stay to watch the game. If we have decent weather and a competitive game, we may stay the full course of the game.
Pictures from the April 9 game: