Thanks to the Mariners Season Ticket Holder Memories program, I got to go on the field again for batting practice! Very nice perk. They give you a certain number of points to use during the year, and announce the opportunities once a month and you really have to jump on the ones you want right away. The on field BP’s are usually gone within a couple days, even a couple of hours in some cases. Anyhow, I’m glad I got a couple of passes for September!
Last weekend, I went for a Friday night BP versus the Yankees. Someone told me that it was the most people they had on field, and the Mariners signed the most they all year. It was pretty sweet.
Today’s BP was before a Tuesday night game versus the Padres, so not quite so crowded lol. Even though there were not many people, or maybe because of it who knows, few if any players came by. No autos for most of the session. That was the bad news.
The good news was that I was talking with some cool people, Danielle and her son Ryan. They had some nice positive energy! Then it happened.
Ichiro Suzuki stopped by where I was standing and signed!!!!!!!! The man, the myth, the legend! Usually he just waves hi and hurries off into the dugout, but today he actually stopped and turned towards us. Then I knew he was going to sign. It happened so fast, yet also happened in slow motion. He signed a card (very nicely) with a blue Sharpie, borrowed it to sign other people’s stuff. Then I took a chance and put out a baseball and he signed that too! I was walking on air for the rest of the evening, and still am as I write about it. A dream come true!
Bench Coach Manny Acta also signed. Further, he told me what happened to “The Swelmet” which he would post on Twitter with the player of the game after each win. I was wondering because it recently disappeared from The Twittersphere. Apparently the guys just weren’t into it any more so it was done. Anyway, thanks man. 🙂
Stuck around for as much of the Padres BP as I could. Waved or called out to several of the players and they gave nice acknowledgements. They seemed to be relatively fan friendly. Eric Hosmer signed a card, thanks man! Later, just before the game, Wil Myers and Luis Urias signed cards, thanks guys!
I’m finishing up this post a couple of weeks after the fact. Don’t remember much except the M’s lost and we made a lot of mistakes. It was one of those games where you really felt like the the season was over. Also poor Luis Urias, he pulled a hammy or something and they’re going to keep him out the rest of the season because he’s a top prospect and he had a similar injury earlier in the year. So the game was a bummer but the autos really made my day, and all in all, I’m glad I went to the park!