Ichiro Hall of Fame Night! He got inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame this evening. I got there an hour before the STH gate opening, which turned out to be plenty of time. They were giving out Ichiro tshirts. I took an XL. It’s huge but probably will be able to shrink it to fit.
For the M’s, Logan Gilbert signed a chrome-stock card. I tried to rub off some of the sheen with my shirt but apparently there was still too much. Sometimes I’ve gotten good results with a blue sharpie, but it doesn’t adhere so well and skips a lot. The black sharpie seems to work better on the chrome finishes. So of course I forgot and gave him a really nice card with a blue sharpie— and it skipped. At first, I was really disappointed. However, the more I look at it the more I like it. The streakiness actually provides an interesting effect. In the future, I’d spend more time a white eraser attempting to prep the surface. Andres Munoz also signed a bunch, including my team ball. He was very polite and patient with fans. Thanks for signing Logan and Andres!
On the visitors’ side, there wasn’t much going on with Cleveland. I eavesdropped on Triston McKenzie doing an interview with a guy who I think is from MLB TV. I’d seen his baseball card but had no idea he was so well spoken. Triston talked about lots of things, including representation of Black Americans in the MLB, encouraging more kids to play the game, his favorite music and sneakers, and how he might have become a doctor if he weren’t playing baseball. Anyhow, I waited around till he finished the interviews. Then, he signed for me and several other people. Further, he was very patient when he took selfies with my buddy Akira, Akira’s mom, Akira’s mom and dad, Akira with his mom and dad, etc. lol. Thanks Triston!
Before the Ichiro Ceremony
Well I knew plenty of “dignitaries” would be there for Ichiro’s ceremony, and that they usually either come out the tunnel near the visitors’ side or from the M’s dugout. I didn’t really know where to stand, and the M’s dugout area was packed. So I waited by the tunnel. Before I was politely asked to skedaddle, Raul Ibanez (Rauuuuuuuuuuuuuul!) signed my team ball, and did so very nicely may I add. Thanks man! Other than that, most of the people coming out the tunnel were Mariners staff, former players and coaches, and other guests. The heavy hitters and most special guests, like Ichiro wife, came out of the M’s dugout. Anyway, getting Rauuuuuuuuuuul’s auto was a pleasant surprise. I forgot he was part of the first Ichiro era. Thanks again man!
Ichiro Mariners Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
The tribute to Ichiro and his induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame was great. Lots of highlights, congratulations from present and former players, speeches, etc. etc. Ichiro gave a long speech that delayed the start of the game by about 15 minutes. Anyhow, at the end he got his Mariners Hall of Fame blazer and it was all good. 🙂
PS Later in the evening, I took a picture with Ichiro’s plaque. Both corny and fun, like a lot of things at the ballpark. 🙂
I started the game in Field Level seats and later moved into the Terrace Club. I actually like watching from Field Level better, so much closer to the action. I find the Terrace Club to be like watching on tv, but it’s better if the stadium is packed and you have to like go to the bathroom or get food or something like that.
Luis Castillo was great for the M’s once again! 6 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 10 K, and 1 R on a HR to Jose Ramirez. He finished the sixth with a 2-1 lead, courtesy of homers by Eugenio Suarez and Julio Rodriguez off Guardians’ starter Zach Plesac. Castillo got a well-deserved standing ovation when he was done for the evening.
Los Bomberos! Diego Castillo took care of the top of the 7th. In the bottom of the 7th, Jake Lamb smoked a pitch deep into right center field for his first homer as an M, extending the lead to 3-1! See look, the smoke was still drifting minutes afterwards. Things were looking good.
Drama in the top of the 8th, with Andres Munoz on the mound. Unfortunately, too much drama. Steven Kwon to first, moved to second a bloop single by Amed Rosario. Jose Ramirez double to right to score Kwon and move Rosario to third. Josh Naylor hit a sharp grounder to first to score Rosario. Then Andres Jimenez hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Ramirez. Cleveland took a 4-3 lead. Bummer.
In the bottom of the 8th, James Karachak entertained us with various antics as he retired the M’s. Matt Festa took care of business for the M’s in the top of the 9th.
In the bottom of the 9th, Emmanuel Clase came in for Cleveland. JRod popped out, Dylan Moore grounded out, and Mitch Haniger… grounded out to end the game. The Guardians stole this one.
Final Score – Guardians 4, Mariners 3.