Blue Jays at Mariners — 08/04/18


Edwin Diaz and Mike Leake signed on card. With Diaz, I was a little far back, so a kid helped me and got in there.  Thanks Andy!  With Leake, I was able to get up there.  I told him he was doing a nice job this year and that I appreciated having him on the team.  He appreciated my comment.  It’s cool when you can actually talk with these guys!

Andrew Romine (#7) signed my 2018 Mariners team ball.  Thanks man!

Jordan the Ball Boy gave me a BP ball on his way into the dugout. Thanks bro!

Blue Jays broadcaster Buck Martinez signed the Sweet spot in black Sharpie on a “random MLBers” ball (includes players, coaches, media members, etc.).  I realized I still have a lot of space on this ball.  Think I will use this ball more for the rest of the 2018 games. It greatly simplifies things to have one ball for the visitors (except the superstars lol), and it’s a little easier to toss a ball and pen to someone signing in the dugout than a card and pen.  Gotta admit I usually like the signed card better though. 🙂

At the dugout just after BP, I lent Randal Grichuk a blue Sharpie. He later signed a mini card for me. My first one! Thankfully, the usher helped out in getting the card to and fro. I think I’m going to make some kind of framed card out of it, like the Allen & Ginter framed minis.  Or just stick it on top of a standard sized card lol. Pretty cool!

Thanks for signing, guys!

The Game

I think the Jays-M’s games should be played in Vancouver, instead of having all these Canadians taking over our wonderful city of Seattle for four games each summer. Anyhow, even though these are Mariner home games, the Jays fans outnumber the Mariner fans and are much louder year after year. I usually skip the Jays series, but I got a relatively cheap ticket and couldn’t resist. 🙂

James Paxton was not that sharp but he got help from several double plays. The Jays led 3-0 after six but it could have been much worse.

Meanwhile, Marco Estrada was great for the Jays. He had a no-no through six innings. I knew the M’s weren’t getting to him but I didn’t realize he had a no-no until the loud Canadian drunk behind me mentioned it. After that, I kept mentioning it. :). Fortunately, the Canadian drunks I’ve met and bantered with at Safeco have been friendly and pretty funny.

Even though things were generally going south for the M’s this evening, at least Toronto didn’t get a no-hitter on American soil. :). Mitch Haniger broke up the no-no with a double in the bottom of the 7th. Sorry, eh?

The Canadian version of The Wave got rolling in the top of the 8th and the Jays went up 4-0.

The 9th inning saw the play of the game — a streaker! He started from a section down the right field line, ran to center field, and circled until he was caught by security and taken away. The crowd went wild lol. This is my second experience with a streaker At Safeco. It’s hilarious because at first everything just stops, then people start pointing and the noise builds as more and more people realize what’s going on. Some people find it disrespectful to the game but I think it’s hilarious.

Mariner fans needed a little comic relief. The final score was Jays 5 – M’s 1. Another tough loss. The M’s have a bad streak of their own going. Hope it goes better tomorrow!


White Sox at Mariners – 07/21/18


Well there was good news and bad news tonight. 🙂

The bad news: I was too late for Ichiro again.  Got delayed by about an hour and it was a Bobblehead night, so I thought I had no chance going in.  However, when I got there, the line wasn’t that bad so I thought wow maybe I actually have a shot!  Alas, I really was too far back in line.  By the time I got down towards the railing, he had already signed stuff and had move on to throwing practice.  I simply need to get to the front and run down to the spot, he’s been signing!  Pretty sad about it, bordering on very sad.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have him nicely sign a baseball for me in person?  That would be so cool.  While I’m sad, disappointed, jealous, frustrated, etc., I’m also optimistic, hopeful, and excited.  I mean if the other autograph crazies can get his auto (multiple times, on all kinds of stuff) then I can too!!!  I’ve heard show up an hour early, four hours early, etc.  We’ll see what I can manage.  Also hope to get on the field for another BP, maybe he will sign then!  (I’ve seen him do it.). Keep hope alive, my friends!  Pray for me lol.  Think I’ll also remind myself to consider a health perspective on all this within the context of a wonderful life (thank you Universe!).

Other bad news, not much from the White Sox.  Was late on Delmonico, missed on Moncada (maybe I should have tried the assorted MLBer ball instead of a card), didn’t run over for Luery Garcia after the anthem, and other guys did not stop by except for somebody who came over and signed for one kid.

One other thing, Felix had a bumpy road and M’s were losing 4-0 when I left in the bottom of the 7th.

The good news:  Dee Gordon Bobblehead!  As usual, the Bobblehead looks very little like the actual player.  Still, this one is pretty cool.  Plus the green flash would be a great spot for a silver or white auto.



M’s on card autos from Diaz, Haniger, Heredia, and Healy, plus a BP ball from Coach Cabrera.  The Diaz and Haniger Stadium Club cards look especially good in person. Thanks guys!



Also a White Sox auto from Lucas Giolito, thanks dude, even if he did give me the scariest look before he signed and even if I almost cried and ran away lol.  Was it the Mariners Jersey and hat?  At least he seemed so nice to everyone else.  I think I have a Topps certified auto of his somewhere, maybe I’ll trade it since he was kind enough to sign this in person.  He was the last guy out after BP and he patiently signed for everyone as he proceeded down the line, I appreciate that from him.

Had nice seats too.


So I was sad about missing Ichiro again but overall I’m glad it was a pleasant night at the ballpark and pretty cool in terms of souvenirs!



TTM #1 – John Olerud!

I’ve heard a lot of people getting autos all kinds of players TTM (through the mail) on, so I decided to finally give it a try.  My first attempt was to former Mariner great and Washington native John Olerud.  (He was also great with the Blue Jays and Mets.). He was a fantastic hitter and also a Gold Glove first baseman.  I think his dad was a doctor or a dentist, and he seemed to carry out his work with surgical precision.   Anyhow, in early April I sent a SASE with a letter of appreciation and a request to sign a couple of cards.  After not getting anything back in April, May, or June, I pretty much gave up.  What a pleasant surprise when I got these signed cards back in mid-July, 102 days later!

Holy cow!  I mean, how often do I get mail from John Olerud???  With autos, no less.  Totally awesome.  Thanks man for your generosity, and Go M’s!

Of course then the next question is who’s next?  maybe Dan Fouts?  We’ll see. Stay tuned. 🙂




Rockies at Mariners – 07/06/18


It was almost a complete bust in terms of autos.  Got none from the Rockies (missed on a few but most of them were not signing).  Most of the M’s were in the dugout by the time the gates opened.  Ichiro was signing on the field, but I was over the dugout.  Getting closer, may need to start praying. 🙂

Anyhow, got one auto and I really like it, from “Big Maple” himself, James Paxton!


The Game

Colorado got to Felix early and often.  They were hitting it like they were still at Coors Field.  M’s didn’t get much going offensively.  Ran into the owner of the LCS, that was pretty cool!  Rockies were up 6-1 in the 7th and I left early.  I think the M’s ended up losing 7-1.


Angels at Mariners – 06/11/18

Great day at the ballpark!



I got to attend batting practice on the field!  Most of the time during Mariners BP, I had on my blue shirt and stood next to one of the autograph regulars and his cute kids, figuring the kids would be magnets for the various ball players.  Surprisingly, the kids were not very effective magnets (maybe cause they were standing next to a couple of regulars lol).  Also was close to Ichiro again, and again he didn’t sign for us.  If I get a similar opportunity with Ichiro in the future, I think I will be much more assertive, call out loudly, wave my baseball and pen, ask directly and nicely without being too annoying, etc.  I think it would work. 🙂

Anyhow, I did get a couple of nice signatures from Mike Zunino (he was about to sign upside down, but corrected himself just in time) and Ben Gamel.  Thanks guys!  Also got a BP ball. 🙂

During Angels BP, I put on my red shirt and was mainly looking for Albert Pujols.  He was out there but he wasn’t signing and I didn’t succeed this time.  Kind of the same thing as Ichiro, I think if I have another opportunity I’ll be louder and more assertive.  Also kept looking for Andrelton Simmons (my favorite Angel, even if Mike Trout is clearly the best) and didn’t see him.  Then I found out he was injured.  However, I tracked Ian Kinsler and he carefully signed a card.  Nice signature, legible, I had no idea lol.  When I got escorted off the field (would liked to have stayed out longer), I ran into Mark Gubicza in the tunnel.  He is very patient and gracious with fans, and signed a card very nicely.  We chatted a little (he was an East Coast guy growing up) and it turns out his wife is from a town close to where I grew up.  It was fun to here him recite her hometown, where they got married, and several other spots I’m familiar with.  Thanks Ian and Mark!

Based on my previous experiences with being on the field for BP, and considering how much I wanted to get autos from Ichiro and Pujols, and to see Simba again, I was disappointed with this session.  Also grateful for the many positive aspects that I already mentioned, don’t get me wrong. 🙂  Given family obligations, Simmons’ injury, the relatively large groups of people lining up for autos, and my limited success today, I decided to return my ticket to the next game.  Shortly thereafter, things got much better.

After the national anthem and before the game, I positioned myself along the wall down the 3rd base line in Section 143.  I was still wearing my red polo and was standing next to some kids with signs.  I waited patiently and with great excitement, as Mike Trout was nearby.  Then something awesome happened — he came over and signed this oversized card for me!

Totally awesome!  He proceeded to work quickly his way down the line and sign many autos for people of all ages.  Trout used to do this before every game, but recently he was going to one spot, signing a few, hopping to the next spot, signing just a few, etc.  I’m glad he went “back to normal” today.  Thanks Mike!


The Game – Mariners 5, Angels 3

It was a beautiful night for a home run derby!  Trout solo HR, Pujols solo HR, Cruz two run homer, Cruz solo HR, Healy clobbers a two run homer, Trout destroys the ball for a solo HR.  M’s win 5-3!