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Thank You For a Great FanFest Weekend!

Batting practice with one of the best hitters in baseball!

Batting practice with one of the best hitters in baseball!

Two days of bright blue skies, excited and engaging players and awesome attractions…and the BEST fans in baseball…made for a record-breaking FanFest weekend at Safeco Field.

Over 21,000 fans came out to Safeco Field for the two-day event to take part in the exciting event, getting autographs and photos taken with several Mariners players, riding zip lines and running around the bases.

Thank you for a great weekend, and we can’t wait for Opening Day on March 31 at the Los Angeles Angels, and the home opener April 8 vs. the Angels!

Here are some photos from FanFest weekend! Go Mariners!

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FanFest Book Club – Larry LaRue and Jim Street

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Two veteran sports scribes, both with books about their experiences in and around the press box, will be featured at the upcoming Mariners FanFest held Jan. 26-27 at Safeco Field.

Larry LaRue, who was the Mariners beat writer at the News Tribune in Tacoma for over 30 years, will read from and talk about his book Major League Encounters.

Jim Street, who covered pro sports for over 40 years, more than half as a Mariners beat writer, will do the same with his newly published book Life from the Press Box.

The FanFest Book Club will be in the Ellis Pavilion at Safeco Field starting at 12:30pm both days. The audience is open to all FanFest attendees.

LaRue’s book takes readers inside the clubhouse and behind the scenes to reveal what drives the men who play the game of baseball at the highest level. Baseball Roundtable noted in its review that readers benefit not only from LaRue’s sportswriter’s access, “but from his knowledge of the game, powers of observation, interview skills and way with words.”

In Life from the Press Box, Street reflects on 40+ years as a sportswriter covering MLB and NFL teams, professional golf and Division One college sports. He spent more than 20 years covering the Mariners for the Seattle P-I and mlb.com. His book goes behind the scores to put a face on the writers, managers, coaches and players who dedicate their lives to sports. MLB.com called the book “fascinating,” and “completely different from most of the sports memoirs to be found on shelves” today.

Tickets to Mariners FanFest are on sale now. Adults are $10. Kids 14 and younger are free. Doors open each day at 11am. Volunteers from Northwest Harvest will be at the doors collecting non-perishable food and cash donations.

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Iwakuma to Appear Sunday at Mariners FanFest

We’ve just gotten word that pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, who signed a free-agent contract with the Mariners on January 5, will be in Seattle Sunday for the 14th Annual Mariners FanFest.

Iwakuma will participate in several FanFest activities including a fan Q&A on top of the Mariners dugout (starting at 12:30pm). The Dugout Dialog sessions are streamed live on www.mariners.com.

Iwakuma is also scheduled to sign autographs in the afternoon. Fans wanting to get Iwakuma’s autograph need to enter through the Home Plate Gate and pick up one of the 500 Iwakuma autograph vouchers. Vouchers are on a first come, first served basis.

Iwakuma compiled a 107-69 record in 226 career games with Kintetsu (2001-04) and Rakuten (2005-2011) in the Japan League. He was named the 2008 Pacific League MVP and winner of the Eiji Sawamura Award (Cy Young equivalent) after going 21-4 with a 1.87 ERA (42 ER, 201.2 IP) in 28 starts. Last season Iwakuma was 6-7 with a 2.42 ERA (32 ER, 119.0 IP) with 90 strikeouts in 17 starts. He missed part of the season on the disabled list with a sore right shoulder.

More information about FanFest, including a roster of players scheduled to attend, various activities, and information on hours and tickets, is available here.

Hisashi Iwakuma will appear at FanFest Sunday. (Getty Images)

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