#ILoveSafecoField – Fred Hutchinson

One the ends of most rows of seats at Safeco Field is an image of a Seattle baseball icon — Fred Hutchinson.

When Safeco Field was being designed, there was a conscious effort to connect the new ballpark to Seattle’s rich baseball history.

One subtle way to do that was to include a relief of the great pitcher about to deliver a fastball. The designer took a bit of artistic license by showing Hutch as he was, a right hander, on seat rows that end on the left side of the aisle, and a lefty for the rows on the other side of the aisle. The goal was to always have him throwing toward the field.

Along with Hutch is a relief of Mt. Rainier, a baseball diamond and three small baseballs in the corners.

Next time you’re at the ballpark look for the tribute to our hometown hero.

– RH

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