Angels at Mariners – 06/01/19

Autos, etc.

It’s June already?  Wow.

We had an unusual 4:15 start time.  It felt like a night game (usually 6:10 or 7:10) in terms of my pregame routine but of course looked like a day game.  No luck with the Mariners today, hopefully better next time. 🙂

Cody Allen from the Angels signed (a card from his days with the Indians) during BP. Thanks bro!

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That was it.  Later, I did not go line up for the Mike Trout pregame awesomeness like I usually do.  That’s because the M’s were celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the 1979 NBA Champion Seattle Supersonics!

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It was both corny and cool, they brought out several of the former players, including Jack Sikma, and Coach Lenny Wilkens.  Most of these guys were before my time, but we celebrated Sikma’s tight white guy fro throughout the 80’s lol.  I waited by the home plate tunnel but was a little too far up (by the tarp instead of past the tarp) so I did not get any autos from the champions on my recently printed team photo.  Bummer.

However, before the legends came out, I did get a nice surprise auto from one of my favorite Sonics (and a guy who I actually saw play a lot) — Gary Payton!!!!  Since I didn’t know he was going to be there, I didn’t have anything specific for him.  So I gave him a fresh baseball and he signed it, even writing “The Glove” upon request.  What a pleasant surprise!  Thank you GP!!!

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The Game

It was a glorious Saturday afternoon/ evening for baseball. By the 6th inning it felt like it was 15-0 Angels but it was actually only 3-1. Pujols has a two run homer in the first, another Angel scored in the third, and Encarnacion had a monster homer to the left field in the bottom of the 4th. He came through again in the bottom of the 6th with a two run shot to straightaway center to tie the game at three!

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However, Cole Calhoun hit a two run homer in the top of the 8th to put the Angels up 5-3.  Mike Trout launched one 427 feet to left field in the top of the 9th to make it 6-3, and that’s how it ended, folks.

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At least I’ve still got this selfie with Edwin Encarnacion. 🙂

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