Goodnight, Seattle: Yanks-Ms Postgame

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Anxious fans cluster to the left field gates as five o’clock approaches. Thinking that six hours at the park might be too much for the youngest of our group, we decide to skip batting practice and went to enjoy a pre-game cocktail and dinner. The crowds streaming past us and at the game were fairly even in proportion of Mariners fans to Yankees fans. I saw people that went as far as to mix their unis – NY caps with Seattle jerseys – bizarre. When I asked one about what was up with that, her answer was not surprising; she was a New York transplant who has lived on the west coast for the past 20 years. I’m guessing that by covering her bets she enjoyed the results of the game significantly more than I did.

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A Yankee fan gets a hot tip that Jesus Colome of the Nats is getting a call from Brian Cashman.

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Johnny Damon stands on second, advanced by a ground-out from Abreu, soon after singling to lead off the game.

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A young Yankee fan asks, “That’s a good sign, right? That means the Yankees are due to score some runs tonight, doesn’t it, Dad?”

“We’d like to think so, Son,” the Dad replies.

Dad’s about as wrong as he can be.

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Ichirio Suzuki is really fast. Head down, arms pumping. It’s quite a sight, but a brief one. You can’t blink…

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…because the next thing you know he is sliding safely into second with the swipe.

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In the second inning, his broken bat lying on the turf, Jorge Posada stands safely on first due to a bobble from Yuniesky Betancourt. Josh Phelps would single, but Posada wouldn’t advance past second.

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In the third inning, Derek Jeter takes a lead off of second base, having walked and then advanced on a single from Alex Rodriguez, who is leading off of first. Neither advance. The Yankees will get three more base runners in the game, but that’s the farthest any Yankee runner would reach for the rest of the night. From this point on, the most interesting thing regarding the Yankees…

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…was watching Hideki Matsui stay loose after taking his spot in left field in the middle of the innings.

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Did I mention that Ichiro is really fast? Here, he is about to rip a double to the right field corner in the bottom of the third inning.

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Ichiro and Jeter have a chat. Jose Vidro will line out to Robinson Cano, and then Raul Ibanez will single to score Ichiro. The Mariners will score two more when Kenji Johjima homers the following inning with Beltre on base, but the first run is all they will need.

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As the game heads into the later innings the sun sets into the Olympics across Puget sound. Though the game may have had a disappointing outcome from a Yankee fan’s perspective, the ballpark and Seattle itself is absolutely beautiful; I have been regularly visiting Seattle for ten years and am always overwhelmed with the visual splendor of this place.

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The fans have filed out to the streets of Seattle, and the grounds crew readies the field for the following night’s game.

9 comments… add one

  • Nice photos Gerb.

    Rob May 12, 2007, 3:14 pm
  • Bravo. Great pictures. Great story. Hoping for a better result tonite.

    YF May 12, 2007, 3:24 pm
  • What kind of camera do you use, gerbil? I’d love to get a good one

    Anonymous May 12, 2007, 4:05 pm
  • nice pictures.
    i’d be interested to know what kind of reception you and/or fellow yankee fans are getting out there. last august, i was out for the sox’ 3-game set (during the darkest of days; they got swept), and the seattle fans were astonishingly rude, and extremely resentful of the (large) contingent of red sox fans (there was a souvenir stand set up on the street by the football stadium selling just red sox paraphernalia). they took every opportunity to rub our misery in our faces, and were extremely snotty every time we tried to strike up a conversation, no matter how complimentary we were about their ballpark and city. having road-tripped to no fewer than 15 parks in the past four years and having had a good time with countless strangers in each, i’d never experienced that before.
    that said, it’s a gorgeous place and a spectacular ballpark. maybe i just caught them on a bad (3) day(s).

    rcolonna (sf) May 12, 2007, 4:16 pm
  • Man.. again. Great shots I need a camera that can take that sort of pictures for my baseball trips. I wonder if there are, like, camera rental places…
    roolonna, I’ve never been to Seattle, but I’ve been to several park (Citizzen’s Bank AND Veterans, Camden, Coors Field, New Tiger Stadium) and the only one I ever had trouble at were Parks belonging to the Phillies. Even last year when we were humiliatign the Orioles on a regular basis, Orioles fans were nice and you could chat with them. Phillies fans? Grouchy, rude and mean-spirited… even during exhibition games!

    Dionysus May 12, 2007, 6:47 pm
  • Regarding reception, there’s safety in numbers I suppose. Yankee fan are quite numerous at Ms games. You get some good-natured backtalk, and a lot of “go Yankees” from the multitude of NY well-wishers. Some fans, (usually male, early 20′s) will give you more static. But for the most part, Pacific northwesterners are a polite bunch. A Mariners game is nothing like a game back east, as far as fan vitriol.
    I went to the bullpen to watch Bruney warm up. He’s really got some pop. Anyway, there were a few Ms fans trying to heckle him, but none of the taunts were out of bounds. Mostly the generic “Yankees suck” kind of stuff. Most people just love the fact that they can get that close to the pen; there’s a thick link fence that separates the pen from the lower concourse behind the outfield, and you’re close enough to hear the wind ripping off the seams of the ball until the THWAP of the mitt. Good stuff.

    attackgerbil May 12, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Regarding the photo gear I use, I currently shoot with a Pentax K10D as my main body. It’s a mid-range digital SLR, and is priced a bit higher than the large majority of consumer digital cameras. I have a backup body, also a Pentax, model DL.
    The lenses:
    The really wide stuff was shot with a Pentax 10-17 fisheye.
    The telephotos were shot with an old Vivitar 70-210 f2.8-4.0 Series 1.
    The mid range stuff was shot with either a Pentax 18-55 standard kit zoom that comes with the camera, or with a Pentax 50mm f1.4, which is the sharpest lens in my current kit.
    Don’t think that you have to have fancier kit to get decent results though. It’s a lot more important to understand what cameras can and can’t do. I’ll go into more direct detail off site if anyone is curious about my shooting. If I get the time, I’ll write a side piece for the site with general concepts and recommendations on how to shoot baseball (actually any sports) with the goal of getting usable results.

    attackgerbil May 12, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • rcolonna: as a follow up to my follow up to your reception question, after thinking it through, I would guess that the reason SFs get an angry reception at Safeco, perhaps worse than anywhere except the Bronx, is precisely because there are so many New York regional transplants in the Pac NW. I’m serious when I say it seemed to be close to a 50/50 split between Ms/Yanks fans last night, and at most of the games I have attended in the last decade. Yanks fans vastly outnumbered Ms fans in the hotel at which we were staying. There are many Yankee fans I know in Portland that, like myself, travel to Seattle several times a year for any team that’s playing the Ms, not just when the Yanks are in town, because we’re hungry for the Big Leagues.
    Gosh, I wish Portland would get a franchise.

    attackgerbil May 12, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • wow, some great pictures there. I love the shots of Ichiro stealing. Just great stuff. And a great tale as well. Thanks, AG, for story and photos. I need to get a better camera!

    Nick-YF May 13, 2007, 2:33 am

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