Well, here it is. My maden voyage as a blogger. ( Lets hope it’s not like the Titanic’s) I have noticed that some of my posted comments seem to be growing lengthy and I thought, since I’m writing so much anyways, I might as well try getting my thoughts down and organized here.
Well, to start off, as some of you may know who have read my posts I am a self proclaimed practical or pragmatic optimist. Basically when the chips are down I acknowledge it while looking for the good or for improvement. And when things go well I go crazy happy 😉
As to the Mariners Ive been a fan since 1993 when I moved up here. (A good time I think to jump into the Mariners frey) Before that I was a fan of baseball on a whole, and spent my childhood a Dodgers fan, having been raised in L.A. and brought to games and introduced to the sport be my grandfather. The two loves grampa gave me were coin collecting, and baseball. I still remember him taking me as a kid to Dodger Stadium…the nosebleed seat, the binoculars, the Dodger Dogs…all remembered with fondness. I have been trying to instill the same love of the game in my kids now as was given to me. I bring them to as many games as I can a year and we listen to the rest on the radio. My daughter plays middle school softball (though she prefers hardball) and my second son is already switch hitting off live pitches at 7. All of my kids have been attending games at Safeco Field since before they can remember and three of four of them before there 1st birthday. My 1st son was only 4 months old when he watched the M’s win their 114th game of 2001! We have another son on the way for this July by the Allstar break and I hope to continue our traditions with him.
I still follow the Dodgers lightly, as they being in the National League I don’t feel any rivalic hatred as a now die hard Mariners fan. As I referenced before I was at Safeco the day the Mariners played their rescheduled game against Texas when they got there league tying record 114 win. I attended the Dave Niehaus celebratory day after he made Cooperstown. We drove the whole family to spring training when Griffey returned, and we were at The Safe to hear the cheers as Griffey came in late to hit one to help win the game. I was there as Sweet Lou threw his final tirade in Safeco last year, a moment I am glad my kids had the chance to see. We’ve watched Ichiro’s amazing plays and steadiness over the years as well as King Felix’s rise to greatness. And many, many more moments that we will charish. My love for coin collecting has now spilled over into memoribilia collecting. I have every Ichiro bobblehead ever given away at Safeco, as well as those of Griffey. I also have all the game day rosters from the last full home series Griffey was listed on. As well many others nicks and nacks with ties to baseball history. I love the feeling of having a piece of baseball history in the house that the kids can grow up with and feel a part of. Yeah.. I’m kinda a fanatic.
Well, thats enough about me and mine for now. I will come back later with more on the Mariners and my optimism for the future. thanks for reading!