There was a bit of an extra line for the Edgar Replica Statue, but it was nothing compared to the Griffey bobblehead one last week. A couple of the crazies had an extra spot for me. Thanks guys! I also got a complimentary clear Mariners tote bag, which actually came in handy later when another crazy gave me an old Ichiro bobblehead. Thanks man!
Despite an Early Gate Opening for the Season Ticket Holders, there was not much happening on the Mariners side. Chris Flexen signed a card for me at the middle of the dugout. It got smudged (probably by the usher) but it’s a nice auto and I think I can clean it up. Anyway, thanks for signing Chris!
After Mariners BP ends, auto seekers normally wander over to the visitors side. However, today we had to wait like a half hour until the general gates opened. Apparently, one of the crazies wouldn’t move when told to get off the dugout, while another hit Tom Murphy in the face with a pen. It was just weird. Eventually, a few minutes before the general gate opening, a wave of auto crazies migrated to towards the visitors side and could not be stopped. 🙂
Anyhow, when I got over to the KC side things got better! Early on, and again at the middle of the dugout, Bobby Witt Jr. signed a ball for me! It was probably the second or third ball he signed. Always nice to see a (future) star generously signing for so many people. Thanks Bobby, and thank you Universe! At the end of BP, #52 Daniel Lynch and #24 Amir Garrett signed my visiting MLB’ers ball at the gap in the netting. In addition, Garrett threw baseballs to kids in the stands and brought smiles to many faces. Thanks guys!
I started in Section 112. KC scored a run in the top of the first but the M’s scored two of their own on a JP Crawford homer to center. The M’s tacked on two more in the second and one in the third to open up a 5-1 lead.
After getting some food and drink, I settled in at Section 141. KC got 3 in the fifth to make it 5-4. Then the M’s made it 6-4 in the sixth.
However, in the top of the 7th, our guy Yohan Ramirez hit (and injured) Salvador Perez, gave up a game-tying homer to Carlos Santana, and a double to Hunter Dozier. Then, pinch hitter Edward Olivares hit a double off Anthony Misiewicz to score Dozier and give the Royals a 7-6 lead.
In the bottom of the 7th, Julio Rodríguez reached on an infield single and stole second. Jared Kelenic flew out, pinch hitter Jesse Winker walked, Adam Frazier struck out, and Ty France singled to score JRod and tie it up! JP Crawford then struck out. M’s 7, Royals 7.
I moved over to sit with some fellow crazies in Sec 119. Good vibes only, right Eugenio? You know it! 🙂
Bottom of the 8th Suarez singled, Toro walked, Walton came in as a pinch runner. Tom Murphy Tom Murphy walked to load it up for JRod. He walked to score Walton! That ended up being the go-ahead run.
Jared Kelenic struck out but Jesse Winker doubled to score Toro and Murphy! Then Ty France hit a 3 run homer to The Pen!!! M’s 13, Royals 7
Top of the 9th, Matt Koch in for the M’s. Santana flied out. Hunter Dozier popped out to JP Crawford. Bobby Witt Jr. struck out. M’s win!!!
Final Score – Mariners 13, Royals 7