It had been over 2 years since we had gone to any sporting event, aside from James' high school football games. Mainly because of our home team's subpar playing skills at that time. It was not always worth witnessing the heart break of losing repeatedly. However, with a new coach, and players that at the beginning of the season I was unfamiliar with (think of the movie Major League). Well... It was worth a go!
This year they are amazing (as compared to the previous years). The Kid is back in action, and proving that cheeseburgers and exercise is all one needs to hit home runs. Not steroids (Canseco). Our closing pitcher Aardsma is worth a gander as well. Not to mention that we chose this game because Randy Johnson (former Mariner and current SF Giant) was pitching in Seattle for the first time since he was on the team, and for Kirk, Randy Johnson is a nostalgic name.
He told me all about when his parents took him to see the Mariner's at the age of around ten, and Randy pitched his first "no hitter" game. He was all smiles the entire time, as was everyone else in the crowd! By around the 6th or 7th inning when he had left the pitchers mound, there were tears and screams of joy. It was amazing to witness.
For me, my nostalgic moment was being able to see Ichiro (my favorite player, along with Griffey) up close. I adore Ichiro. His stance is more like a jockey, than that of a pro baseball player, but his swing is mighty. Also, Griffey was off that night, but with the lack of runs, he was brought in to score. He almost had a homer, but it fell short, and was caught at the fence. For most of the game, the score was SF: 1 and Seattle: 0, until toward the end of the game. We finally tied it up, and went into extra innings. 12 innings total. It was exhausting, but we won he game 2-1 by a stolen base and more. It was a sweet victory!
I have to mention garlic fries! That. Is. It. I could live off of garlic fries. I would have to sacrifice my friends and social life, but still. So delicious.
Below are pictures of our amazing Safeco Field, Randy Johnson, Ichiro Suzuki, Ken Griffey Jr., and two of the happiest Huffman's! Make that three! There are some update Kiddo pictures as well! Enjoy!