Headline: The Safe has one of its biggest home opener games in all different ways
It’s that time of the year where fans like myself fight the long lines to get a classic Safeco Field delicacy, garlic fries. The red carpet is rolled out for each Mariner to make their grand entrance. The Seattle Mariners, along with a few former ones were ready to get this year’s opening day going. This year, was done a little bit bigger.
Here are five things I loved about this year’s home opener:
Ceremonial first pitch
Former Mariner, Jamie Moyer came back to The Safe to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, along with his former battery mate, Dan Wilson. By far one of the greatest battery combos in Mariner history.
One of the big ways (literally) home opener was one of the cool ones to remember. In case you missed the news, Safeco Field officially has the biggest video screen in Major League Baseball. After a popular request of the fans of changing the scoreboard style on the jumbo tron, those in charge of this project listened and met everyone’s expectations by a long shot.
While the players were working on improvements during the off season, Safeco Field was working on improving the look of their stadium.
The jumbo tron was transformed to an enormous 201 foot-wide HD video screen. Every fan that makes a trip to Safeco Field will get to experience the game with “Mariner Vision”.
Newest walk on song before the game officially starts
Seattle based band, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis created a customized version of their latest hit “Can’t Hold Us”, just for the M’s. It makes pre-game a little bit more exciting for everyone. Besides, who doesn’t love it when it’s sang by someone who’s from the home team city?
Morales feels right at home
Kendrys Morales had no problem adjusting to his new home in Seattle. Morales capped out his home debut by going 2-for-3 with two RBI’s. With the rate that he’s going, he will be a huge factor for the Mariners and will become a fan favorite, fast.
It wasn’t just a Mariners win on home opener, it was a shutout win on home opener. Starter, Joe Saunders pitched 6 1/3 innings without giving up a run during his Safeco Field debut in front of 42,000+ happy fans.
Opening day couldn’t have been better. However, the only thing I hated about home opener was the time conflict with the NCAA Championship game!
Because home opener was scheduled in the evening this year, it also overlapped with the last college basketball game of the entire season. Safeco Field showed the fans a couple of scoring updates during the game and then once the championship game was done, they showed us the final clip of this year’s champions for NCAA Men’s Basketball.
Attendants keeping track of this game had missed out on what was known to be one of, if not the greatest college basketball championship games to ever be played.
We missed out on witnessing Seattle native, Peyton Siva and the Louisville Cardinals come back from a first half double-digit deficit. Siva and the Cardinals ran away with the game in the second half and never looked back.
Louisville conquered their third championship title for the first time in over three decades. Congratulations Louisville on a well deserved victory! Too bad the extra thousands of fans missed out, but when one great sporting event closes another one opens.
Opening day for your home team can’t feel any better, especially with how this one played out.