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.
A Yankee fan gets a hot tip that Jesus Colome of the Nats is getting a call from Brian Cashman.
Johnny Damon stands on second, advanced by a ground-out from Abreu, soon after singling to lead off the game.
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.
Ichirio Suzuki is really fast. Head down, arms pumping. It’s quite a sight, but a brief one. You can’t blink…
…because the next thing you know he is sliding safely into second with the swipe.
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.
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…
…was watching Hideki Matsui stay loose after taking his spot in left field in the middle of the innings.
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.
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.
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.
The fans have filed out to the streets of Seattle, and the grounds crew readies the field for the following night’s game.