Little League Days at Safeco Field are a Hit
The last four Sunday afternoons at Safeco Field have been Little League Days, as nearly 27,000 young players and their families came together to enjoy Mariners Baseball and parade around the field before the game. This is the 29th year of the current Little League Day program in conjunction with the Mariners.
In addition to the 92 leagues from all corners of the state of Washington, more Little Leaguers than ever from western Oregon and British Columbia (Victoria and Vancouver) converged on the ballpark, sporting the colors of their teams. The pre-game parades are the big attraction for the kids and their families, as they dream about someday playing on a Major League diamond. Thanks to the hard work of head groundskeeper Bob Christofferson and the entire grounds crew, as well as many volunteers, these parades run smoothly and the field is ready for play when it’s time for the first pitch.
It was appropriate last Sunday when the Mariners hosted the Tampa Bay Rays that both managers (Lloyd McClendon and first-year Rays’ manager Kevin Cash) played in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA.
There are many supporters of Little League Baseball and Softball that deserve to be applauded. A few of the longest-serving district administrators are:
- Bob Toigo, District 9 (Eastside area) and Board Member of Little League International
- Glen Dickason, District 3 (Centralia, Aberdeen, Olympia area)
- Mike Ray, District 4 (Vancouver, WA area)
- Gil Nilson, District 8 (North Seattle and north King County)
In addition to the annual “Days” at the home of the Mariners, each year the Little League Boys and Girls (age 11-12) State Champions are introduced at the ballpark and Little League volunteers are treated to special seating. The Mariners take part in numerous Little League jamborees in the spring around the region.
Little League Baseball and Major League Baseball – a great combination of the present and future of the game.