RIP Tony Gwynn: A Surreal Night at Safeco Field

tony-gwynnOn June 16th, I woke up to the unfortunate passing of one of the greatest baseball players to ever live.  Tony Gwynn was gone too soon at the age of  54 due to cancer.  I’ve penned many baseball blogs and the impact it has played on my life.  When cancer then sneaks into that conversation, it stings me even more; I hate that disease.

Tony Gwynn was a class act.  He played the game the right way.  The baseball world lost a true icon and a member of baseball royalty.  “Mr. Padre” as he was known to many, will never be forgotten.  Greatest hitter during my lifetime.

The Padres just arrived to Seattle for a very brief two game series.  I was a last minute fill-in to work statistics for the Padres broadcast and I knew it would be unlike any game I had ever worked.  I wanted to pay tribute to Tony Gwynn and I knew exactly what I was going to do.


I moved into my new house about three weeks ago and I had unearthed my baseball card collection that I had boxed up and put into storage.  I went into my garage, found an old binder and took out two sleeves of Tony’s cards.  I displayed them next to my “desk area” once I arrived at the stadium. Continue reading

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1984 Mariners Flashback: Motor City Kitties Fear Kingdome

Mariners 1984Last night the Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros had a “Turn Back the Clock” Night in Seattle.  I’ve always been a fan of these types of games as they pay homage to the rich history of baseball. Unfortunately the Mariners played like they did in 1979 (67-95 record) and lost to the worst team in the league. But hey, that’s baseball. Continue reading

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Pac-12 Mariners

003 I’ve often wondered how many Pac-12 guys have come through the Emerald City?  Well, I finally sat down and did some research.

Now I’m sure the Mariners have had their fair share of Pac-12 draft picks due to proximity, familiarity, a whim, and of course, overall talent. I haven’t mustered the time or energy just yet to find out how many TOTAL Pac-12 players the Mariners have “selected” in drafts, but I did do some research on how many Pac-12 players have actually played for the team during its history. Continue reading

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30 Years of Life with The Mariners

ImageJune 24, 2013 marks my 30th birthday.  For all intense and purposes, I have been a fan of the Mariners my entire life.  (My parents would probably tell you I had baby clothes with the old pitchfork logo on them.)  It’s a big birthday and I’ve been wondering lately how historic June 24th might actually be.

To my surprise, it’s Continue reading

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The Pursuit of Tecmo Super Bowl Perfection

Real Talk: I dedicate this blog post to my brother Rob. Due to complications to his eyes from diabetes, he will never be able to play this game the way he once could. He made this game fun and enjoyable and I can’t thank him enough on the impact he had on my life in regards to the world of video games and much more.

I grew up in Seattle, Washington and playing video games is one of my fondest memories. Not just playing any game, but sharing a Nintendo with my brother. If not for sports, I’d say the love of video games is what we could relate to the most while growing up. We had a lot of games combined and therefore we played A LOT. We had Nintendo Power magazine; we were hooked. But I know for a fact there is one game, and one game only, that brought out our sibling rivalry like none other.

Tecmo Super Bowl

This is a game we spent countless hours

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8/29/91 – A Day That Changed My Life

Today is a celebration of life. That’s the case for me every year on this particular date.  I’ve had this one marked on my calendar for a long time.  The day of August 29th is a day of remembrance, a day of reality and a day I’ll never forget.

If you only read one thing that I ever write, please let it be this “real life” post.  It’s from my heart and something that means so much to me that I truly cannot pen all of my emotions. This is my story of a serious, life-altering, scary, unique portion of my life in 1991.

“Through Baseball Comes Survival”


Many things in life we feel we have control over. We can prepare, practice, and do repetitive things over and over in anticipation. But for some things, to use a sports analogy, the ball is taken from you on the mound and the remaining innings are out of your control. Life has an interesting even flow to it. Some people get dealt a great hand and some have what seems like never-ending bad luck. But it’s when adversity strikes and you bounce back with a resounding effort to turn the tables in your direction, when you can really appreciate something for what it is.

I will always remember the date of August 29th for one main reason: Survival. Continue reading

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Felix Hernandez: Simply Perfect


Wow!  Felix Hernandez was already an elite pitcher in professional baseball when he woke up today… but today, I’ve never seen better.  It was unbelievable!!!  He is a big-game pitcher with amazing stuff and he continued to baffle the Rays from the words “play ball!” Continue reading

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Forever A Winner: John Leroy

I love the game of baseball; I always will. I also love where I grewup and naturally relate to those things and people around me that are also from my hometown/region. I remember hearing about this next story I’m about to share back when it happened… but I never got around to doing much “research” about John Leroy. After I did, my heart sank.

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Seattle Will Support Their Team


A conversation with a co-worker this morning sparked my interest to see how much the Mariners home game attendance has dropped off since the amazing-never-to-be-duplicated-once-in-a-franchise season of 2001.  Not shocking at all, they’ve declined.  2001 was the last time the Mariners reached the postseason.

How does a franchise remedy this?  Simply put, put a winning product out on the field.  The Mariners fans that are out there… will show.  They have proved it before.  *IF* the Mariners have a chance for success, they will get behind this team once more. This town will never be like Miami; a franchise that has had great success with an almost non-existent fan base since their inception.

If the Mariners can consistently win more, “The Safe” will be rockin’ again.  But like with many sports franchises, if the product on the field is lacking, the casual fan will tune out.  When the winning ways return, you’ll see the slew of fans (some say ‘bandwagoners’).  It’s hard to breakdown and analyze what a “true fan” is without ruffling some feathers… but the long and the short of this post… just win, baby!


Mariners Home Attendance (2001 – May 23rd, 2012)


17 games = 338,577 total attendance (19,916 AVG)

— 20-25 overall (8-9 home record)


81 games – 1,896,321 total attendance (23,411AVG)

— 67-95 overall (39-45 home record)


81 games – 2,085,488 total attendance (25,746 AVG) Continue reading

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A Day of Perfection: Philip Humber


The Seattle Mariners and Chicago White Sox played a semi-rare day game on Saturday April 21, 2012.  The game was televised by what we call “big FOX” in the world of sports television.  (Simply put it was on the local FOX affiliate – channel 13 in Western Washington).  In other words, I had the day off from work.

So what did I do on this beautiful sun kissed day?  I went to the game… as a fan.  It was the second time I had done this in a week.  Either my life is seriously getting one dimensional this time of year or I love the game.  I hope many of you think the latter of the two.  But this didn’t just start out as “some regular game”… it started out as the first Mariners game my girlfriend and I ever attended together.  It was special from the get-go.Image

Some of my friends have called me the biggest Mariners fan they know.  I take that as a Continue reading

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