THE SPIRIT OF OPENING DAY
Today you’ll dig in the closet for your glove and snap a ball into it while sipping your morning coffee.
Today you’ll drive to work and admonish yourself to “keep your head down” and your eye on the road.
Today your team will be in first and planning to stay there.
Today you’ll still be able to turn the double play.
Today you’ll end your contract holdout.
Today you won’t lose a business deal in the sun.
Today you’ll find yourself rotating your arm around your head to stretch the shoulder and keep it loose.
Today sunflower seeds strangely find their way into your back pocket.
Today you’ll think of wearing a black suit to match the eye black.
Today you’ll have the steal sign.
Today you slip up in a meeting and mention “our sales team vs. lefties.”
Today as the toast comes out of the toaster, you’ll still remember how to execute a perfect “pop-up” slide.
Today a hot dog and peanuts for lunch will sound about right.
Today you tell a co-worker to “get loose.”
Today the only strike you’ll know about is above the knees and below the armpits.
Today you’ll wear your jacket only on your pitching arm.
Today you’ll buy two packs of gum and stuff them in the side of your mouth to look like a player.
Today, during lunch, you’ll wonder why Coke doesn’t come in a wood can.
Today you’ll scratch yourself and spit for no apparent reason.
Today you’ll wonder why stirrup socks never caught on as a fashion rage.
Today you’ll be the rookie looking to make it big.
Today you’ll be the wily vet with just a little something left.
Today you’ll look for the AM dial on your radio.
Today mom’s watching.
Today dad’s in the backyard with his glove.
Today will be hopeful.
Today it’ll still be a kids’ game.
Today you’ll be a kid.
Today is Opening Day.
The New Year is only a few days away, and we are now 100 days (99 depending on when you read this) until the 2014 Home Opener vs. the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field (7:10 pm).
Single-game tickets go on sale in early March, but you can look at several great ticket packages by following the link to Mariners.com.
Have a safe and Happy New Year from all of us at the Mariners.
Monday is Opening Night at Safeco Field, a night of pomp and ceremony, a little fireworks, and Mariners fans’ first up-close look at the team. It’s always a great day, and in fact, we here at the Corner of Edgar & Dave wonder why it’s not a national holiday. But we digress.
If you have not already made plans to be at Safeco Field on Monday, there’s still time to get tickets. And what a night it will be.
Jamie Moyer, the winningest pitcher in Mariners history, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, which will be caught by his former battery mate, Mariners Hall of Famer Dan Wilson.
Fresh off the stages of South By Southwest, Seattle band Pickwick will perform a set of three songs including a cover of Elvis Costello’s Pump It Up, John Fogerty’s baseball classic Centerfield, and an original composition called Window Sill. You fans of KEXP know Pickwick well. For those who are new to the group, their sound is a fusion of blues, soul and R&B, with tight instrumental grooves and the powerful, soulful voice of singer Galen Disston.
One of the highlights of the pregame ceremony is the always-emotional first run around the bases by a Make-A-Wish® child. This year, it’s 11-year old Marlee Burkett of Sammamish. She did a few practice laps at Safeco Field on Friday, and she looks to be in mid-season form.
We’ll also hear the dulcet tones of our beloved Dave Niehaus as he reads a classic poem about the magic of opening day and baseball.
Opening Night is only the first of a 10-game homestand. Other highlights include a convening of the Supreme Court on Thursday, April 11, for Felix’s first Safeco Field start of the year. The first 25,000 fans will get a King Felix Supreme Court t-shirt and commemorative K card, courtesy of ROOT SPORTS®. Special ticket prices for the game are $10 for all View Level seats and $25 for select Main Level, Terrace Club and Outfield Reserved seats.
Saturday, April 13, is the annual Salute to Armed Forces Night, presented by The Boeing Company, where we pay tribute to the men and women serving our nation in the military. The evening will feature a special pre-game ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m. Current and former members of the U.S. military receive special discounts. Following the game, 15,000 fans will take home a commemorative Mariners military coin, courtesy of Boeing.
There are also two Safeco Insurance Grand Slam Family Pack Nights and a BECU Family Night during the opening homestand. Come on out to the ballpark and help usher in another season of Mariners Baseball.
With last night’s 2-0 shutout victory over the A’s, the Mariners improved to 22-15 all-time in season openers, including a current 7-game Opening Day winning streak. Felix Hernandez tossed 7.2 scoreless innings to improve to 4-0 in his six Opening Day starts, and Franklin Gutierrez plated both runs with a 2-run single in the fifth inning. Here are some photos of last night’s victory and the Open House at Safeco Field that drew drew 15,376 fans.
Photos courtesy of Getty Images and Associated Press.
Game #1: Seattle Mariners (0-0) at Oakland Athletics (0-0) | 7:07 p.m. | Oakland Coliseum
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Felix Hernandez (13-9, 3.06 in ‘12) vs. LHP Brett Anderson (4-2, 2.57 in ‘12)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also available at Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT Sports…also available via MLB.tv (outside Mariners TV territory)
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Notes: Mariners | Athletics | Mariners-A’s History | Opening Day Record Book
Game-by-Game Results | 2013 Statistics | Spring Training Stats | Roster | 2013 Media Guide | 2013 Schedule
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On Opening Night, Friday, April 13, many Seattle Mariners fans were frustrated by long lines at concession stands throughout Safeco Field. The poor service was created by a failure of the software system that operates the cash registers and processes credit cards, resulting in a poor ballpark experience.
As both an apology and to ask for a second chance, the Mariners are offering free tickets to any game in April or May and a credit for concession stands to all fans who attended Opening Night.
“We always want our fans to have a positive experience with the Seattle Mariners and Safeco Field. What happened Friday night was unacceptable and I offer my sincere apology to all of the fans who suffered through the long lines and inconvenience. The guest experience on Opening Night was nowhere close to meeting our standards and we want to make it up to our fans,” said Chuck Armstrong, Mariners President and COO.
There are 18 home games in April and May fans can choose from. Here is how the make-good offer will work:
- The tickets will be for any Mariners home game in April or May beginning Wednesday, April 18.
- The locations will be in the same seating level as the guests’ Opening Night tickets.
- Those seated in Suites, Diamond Club, All-Star Club and Hit It Here Café will get the choice of Main or Club Level tickets.
- Each make-good ticket will come pre-loaded with a $5 TicketPlu$ credit that can be redeemed at Safeco Field concession stands.
- The Mariners have email addresses for most people who purchased tickets for Friday’s game. They will receive information by email on how to receive their free tickets.
- Fans who were at the game can claim their free tickets by showing their ticket stub or proof of purchase at any Mariners Team Store or the Safeco Field Box Office.
- Anyone who does not have a ticket stub or proof of purchase can call 206-346-4001, the Mariners Customer Service Hotline, between 8:30am-5:30pm for assistance.
- More information about the Opening Night ticket make-good offer is available at www.mariners.com/OpeningNight.
The technology provider of the system that operates point of sale transactions at Safeco Field began experiencing isolated problems soon after the gates opened to the public on Friday afternoon. As the evening continued, about half of the 400 point of sale locations were experiencing problems and many were unable to process credit cards. The system was rebooted, but wasn’t up and running until the 8th inning and by that time fans were understandably frustrated and angry with the long lines at concession stands and cash machines.
Staff from the software provider have been doing a thorough review of the system since Friday. “We promise our fans that we will get to the bottom of what caused the failure so that it doesn’t happen again. We hope our fans will give us a second chance to provide a great experience at Safeco Field,” said Armstrong.
The Mariners took 2 of 3 from the A’s in the first homestand of the 2012 season. Here is the weekend in photos!
The software system that operates cash registers and processes credit cards for concession stands at Safeco Field had a glitch Friday night. Mariners information services staff are still sorting out what happened, but a problem with the system, which started early in the game and was limited to a few stands, had spread throughout the system by the end of the 3rd inning. During the 5th inning it was decided that the best way to handle it was to shut down the system and reboot. Soon after, everything was up and running, but it took some time for the long lines at concession stands and cash machines to clear out. Everything is expected to be fine for Saturday’s game. The Mariners apologize for the inconvenience to fans during the glitch.