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#6 Fenway Park – Boston, MA

Last month marked the second time I had been lucky enough to travel to the East Coast to take in a game at Fenway Park, but it was the first time I was able to travel to watch the Mariners play on the road. It was a picturesque weekend in Boston, 75 and sunny all three days and a perfect weekend for baseball.

We left Friday the 17th, 9am Seattle time, to fly across the country to the sports + history mecca that is Boston, Massachusetts. We touched down in Boston Logan International right around 6, with about an hour until first pitch. My grandparents had pulled the miracles of all miracles and booked a hotel that was a quick two-block walk to the Gate-A Entrance at Fenway. Bad news was attempting to get to this hotel through regular Friday night commuter traffic and game traffic. We ended up making it (but missed the first inning!), and our hotel was the Residence Inn at Back Bay/Fenway. It’s pricey, but worth every penny. There were also a ton of Mariners fans at the hotel with us. This was the view from 8th floor Terrace Bar on our hotel:

Saturday was the big day. I finally got to watch the Mariners play in Fenway. Earlier in the day, my grandparents and I ventured out to Copley Square and the surrounding areas. Had lunch at a pizza place on Boylston called Uno. After lunch we walked back to our hotel, and got ready for the game.

Upon entering Fenway, the historical significance of the place almost slaps you in the face. The old red chairs, the pesky pole, the smallness of a ballpark built before any type of modern design was thought of. When it came to the variety of food/beverage options, Fenway seemed pretty limited. Outside of the park we went to Cask ‘n Flagon and Boston Beer Works, both came recommended from many people we had spoken to in the area.

Thanks to my apparent lack of knowledge about the stadium, I almost picked seats that were behind the pesky pole. We lucked out and got to sit a few rows down that did not cause that much of restricted view:

Adrian Sampson made his first and only complete start of the season in place of the injured Wade Miley a.k.a when the starting pitching wheels started to fall off and roll right down from the steepest hill in Seattle. Sampson did okay enough in this start, giving up four runs to a very offensively inclined Boston lineup. MiMo came on in relief and gave up two runs of his own, and the Mariners ended up losing 6-2. However I did see a Adam Lind home run, which is always a treat.

I also got on TV, so not all was lost.

 


Aside from Seattle, Boston might be my favorite city in America. There are a ton of similarities between the two cities, and if I had to move, I would pack my bags and head straight to beantown. I did get to see more historical things (via tours/exploring) this trip, but of course the main focus was baseball. Boston did not disappoint.

Go Mariners.

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#5 BUSCH STADIUM – ST. LOUIS, MO

My doubleheader in the Midwest concluded on September 7th, 2015 with a visit to another highly ranked stadium on my baseball bucket list: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO. My whole life I have been in awe of the St. Louis Cardinal baseball franchise. From my earliest memory they have always been as consistent as it gets in a sport of inevitable inconsistencies.
From the front office executives down to the youngest fan in the stadium that has been wearing Cardinal gear since they were born, the Cardinals franchise has always been one I have admired.

I will admit that I was maybe, just a little tiny bit biased coming into the game since I was traveling with a Cardinals fan, but the bias was completely justified. There was no way that I thought the weekend could get any better after seeing Wrigley, but here came Busch stadium in it’s red-tinted glory proving me all kinds of wrong. From the freeway driving in you could instantly see the stadium and the marker along the right field side that displayed all the years of the Cardinal’s 11 World Series victories. 11! Coming from a club that has yet to secure a world championship, 11 championships is an anomaly. The history of this club has been developing since the 1880s and there is no mistaking the kind of loyalty that the Cardinal fan base has to their team and vise-versa. There was so much love in that stadium.

IMG_1860Dubbed the #CentralShowdown by the marketing team, I learned that Cubs/Cardinal series was always a hot ticket. That day was also Harry Caray bobble head day, and because of his involvement with both clubs it was an extra popular game (he was from St.Louis and a sportscaster for many teams including the Cardinals & Cubs). Busch was sold out. For this game we bought standing room only tickets (I sure didn’t know that was a thing, but there’s a first time for everything). Doing this we could walk around the entirety of the stadium and catch the game from at least 5 or 6 different viewpoints. Out of the choice of viewpoints my favorite was along third base line in section 162. From that side you had an awesome view of the city, which included a prime view of the St. Louis Arch.

The game itself was a blowout and the Cubs ended up winning 9-0 much to the enjoyment of the large amount of Cubs fans in attendance. Most Cardinal fans had left the game by the top of the 9th inning. Although I can talk about losing till I’m (#TrueToThe)Blue in the face, we are gonna move right along to the happy times… Get it, Mariners fan. Ha. Ha. Anyway, back to the game… When you’ve been down 9-0 since the 5th inning I can’t blame you for leaving. However, there was absolutely no way I was missing out on one moment of this beautiful ballpark.
After the game we stuck around and took pictures of the empty stadium, and then we headed to Ballpark Village next door to check out the Cardinal Hall of Fame & Museum. Usually I’ll try to do a little bit of research about a team and their stadium prior to visiting, but because I traveled back to back weekends (with work in-between) I didn’t do much research for this trip. Lucky for me, the Cardinal HOF is paid to that job, and does the organization extreme justice.


From Stan Musial to Ozzie Smith to Yadier Molina, they had it all. It was wonderfully put together presentation that showed all aspects of Cardinal baseball and their development into one of the league’s longest standing, respected teams. I could understand by watching the videos and being able to see the tangible objects of the past, why the team is so romanticized throughout the city. I loved everything about Busch Stadium, and I also loved getting the chance to speak with a few different fans about their favorite parts of the team and how they do baseball in the Midwest.

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During the game I had purchased a hat from the Cardinals team store that has a large “STL” logo on the front, and as luck would have it, on my flight back home I was seated directly next to a Cubs fan. I was still wearing the hat as I got on the plane, so naturally his first question more or less asked if I was actually a fan of the Cardinals, or if I was just wearing the hat for fun. Sarcasm was not his strong suit. Much to my own surprise, the answer was not a definite “no”. The Mariners will always be my #1, and they are after all, the reason I am writing this entire blog. However, if I ever need an NL team to root for… Cardinals, you’re it. Thank you Red Bird Nation for showing me what your community is all about and making a fan out of me. I’ll see you in Safeco next June, boys. #GoMariners

#4 WRIGLEY FIELD – CHICAGO, IL

With Wrigley’s given history, it has always been one of the stadiums at the top of my baseball bucket list. A friend and I drove in from St. Louis in the early morning of September 6th to make the journey to Wrigley. It was a hot, sunny and humid 90 degree day in Chicago; a perfect day for my first trip to the second oldest stadium in baseball. I loved EVERY bit of Chicago and I definitely recommend making the trip, baseball head or not. Wrigley is truly something worth seeing in person.
I was especially lucky with the timing of my visit to Wrigley. Early September, the Cubs are hunting October and the Cubbie fandom is in full swing. Buying tickets for this game proved to have very, very slim options for quality, affordable seats. We ended up sitting in section 404, row 5 (along the third base side) for about $50 a seat, but the seats were great. They offered a complete view of the city and allowed a comprehensive view of the field itself. Another added plus was the extensive shade that section provided (which was especially crucial during the humid day).
The game itself was extremely enjoyable. The Cubs were hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks, (a sub .500 team this season) and not being a huge follower of the National League it was hard to be invested in the lineup they put on the field that day. On the other side of the diamond, the Cubs have made a splash this year with their rookie tandem. In this instance, I was a little more aware of the players on the field for the boys in pinstripes. This game featured league wide, season long 495ft (!!!!!!!) HR by none other than the 23-year-old rookie Kris Bryant, a LARGE part of the Cubs’ push to relevancy this season. Bryant’s HR was followed up later with a grand slam by catcher Miguel Montero.
Being a Mariners fan, or really a baseball fan in general, I always like to see former players finding success with other clubs. As former contributing members of the team dear to my heart, I can’t help but get excited for a former player and their new team(s). No matter how much I wanna curse Jack Zurendzick the ghosts of front office’s past, it’s nice to see these players get a shot at the big show. Go ahead boys, we see you.
During this game I got to see recently traded players Austin Jackson (sad face) and Fernando Rodney (wooohoooo!). A-jax started in RF and made a quiet impact, but he is a professional and dammit I miss you A-Jax please come back! Fernando on the other hand… Did Fernando Rodney Experience things. I’m not sure if Cubs fans are completely aware of the FRE, but it starts off a little something like the top of the 7th inning started when Rodney was called upon to take the mound. He comes in with a 6-1 lead and my god Fernando please oh please don’t mess… Oh wait. This isn’t Safeco, he isn’t pitching for the Mariners… Phew, it’s gonna be ok. Two walks, two heart attack inducing strikeouts and a groundout to short to end the inning, two runners left on base. No runners score. Textbook 2014 FRE. In 2015, both walks score and the lead is erased with a 5 run inning… I’m not bitter, I swear. I guess Joe Madden is attempting to resurrect the 2012, arrow shooting, 48 saves, 0.60 ERA Rodney. We applaud you Joe, have at it champ.
The Cubs end up winning 6-4 and much to my delight, the ENTIRE stadium of fans starts singing a victory song in unison. Excuse me guys, you have a victory song? That was something I had never heard before, and I have been to alloooooooooot of baseball games in my life. That song was the icing on top of the cake. Games like these are the type that warm my tiny little baseball heart and make me proud to be a fan of the game. From the minute I stepped onto the corner of Addison & Clark I could feel the community that this stadium provided. Believe me when I say that, that is not something that every stadium offers. From the vine-covered outfield to the manual scoreboard in center to every bar/restaurant in the area proudly displaying Cubs memorabilia, it was all love. Thank you Wrigley, Cubbies and Co., y’all were an absolute treat to watch a ballgame with.

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TEAM/STADIUM:
1. The stadium itself was built-in 1914, but originally opened as Weeghman Park. It was Weeghman Park from 1914-1920, then later became Cubs Park from 1920-1926. They celebrated the 100 year birthday of the field throughout the 2014 season last year.
2. Wrigley Field holds a little over 41,000 seats.
3. Wrigley has hosted three all-star games in its lifetime (1947, 1962 & 1990).
4. The Cubs have only won two World Series pennants, both coming over a 100 years ago in 1907 and 1908. Their World Series drought has popularly been referred to as the “Curse of the Billy Goat” or the “Cubs Curse”.
5. Mascot: “Clark” the cub. The team’s first official mascot that debuted in 2014 to offer a more kid-friendly element to events at Wrigley.
6. Colors: Blue, White and Red

#3 O.CO COLISEUM – OAKLAND, CA

My trip to California ended with a cool Monday evening game featuring the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  The Athletics and their NFL counterpart, the Oakland Raiders, share a stadium. That being said, the stadium itself is probably one of the most run down stadiums I have ever seen.  This particular evening consisted of a touch over 12K fans, but the small crowd was enthusiastic from the start.  The notably vocal crowd was sitting below us to our right in the center field bleachers, cheering and waving three large flags dedicated to the home green and yellow. Oddly enough, it all was all a very familiar feeling.

The stadium only filled 1/3rd to capacity. The lone group of super-supporters. The all too relevant feeling of playing baseball, not for the playoffs, but to muster a little bit of hope for the offseason and a hopeful start to the next season. I found myself cheering for the Athletics because of the familiarity with their situation and if I didn’t know any better, I could have been at Safeco watching the Mariners. It’s always interesting to watch a team that is in a similar situation to your own. You become a supporter of them because you know what it feels like, you know what it’s like to hold on hope for these lofty goals put on you by your fans, the organization and even the sport itself. You also know what it’s like to lose that hope. Then at the end, you finally realize that no matter what happens, the good memories will always outweigh the bad and you will always have your team. That is what it is like to be apart of the baseball community, and dammit it is a good feeling. Goodness I love this sport.

Overall, It was a pleasant evening spent with good company, $5 blue moons and a part of the AL West I don’t normally get to see outside of Safeco. The Athletics ended up winning decisively against the Angels, 11-4. Everyone goes home happy… Except the Angels fans. They probably went home sad. Sorry guys.

A QUICK GUIDE TO O.CO AND ATHELTICS BASEBALL:

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#GoMariners #ALWest

TEAM/STADIUM:

  1. The Athletics Franchise has won 9 total World Series wins (1910, 1911, 1913, 1929, 1930, 1972, 1973, 1974 & 1989) and 15 American League Pennants (1902, 1905, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1914, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1988, 1989, 1990)  
  2. O.Co Coliseum (or Oakland-Alemdia County Coliseum) was built orignally in the mid-1960s. The first professional game was played by the Raiders in 1966, but the newly named Oakland Athletics played their first game Oakland Coliseum to begin the 1968 season baseball season.
  3. The Oakland Athletics were once named the Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) and the Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967). They have been the Oakland Athletics since 1968.
  4. Mascot: Stomper (the elephant)
  5. Colors: Green, gold

PLAYERS:

  1. The Athletics have retired 5 player’s jersey numbers: Reggie Jackson (9), Rickey Henderson (24), Catfish Hunter (27), Rollie Fingers (34), Dennis Eckersley (43) & One owner: Walter Haas (WH).
  2. Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Rickey Henderson, and Dick Williams all have gone into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as Oakland Athletics. Overall there are 36 players that are inducted into the HOF that have played at least one full season in an Athletics uniform.
  3. You might have heard of the movie Moneyball (2011). Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill… It’s a good time. It tells the story of the 2002 Oakland Athletics, and their GM Billy Beane and their quest back to relevancy after free agency had depleted their “talent”. This money does a wonderful job speaking about some of the most notable figures in Oakland this century, and sets up Oakland’s journey to their World Series victory in 2004. It’s also tells a horrifyingly true story of the ideal of money in baseball, and how hard it is to compete with big teams and their big payroll dollars.

TICKETS:

  1. O.Co Coliseum can hold upwards to 61,000 fans at its capactity.
  2. Oakland’s seating is extensive. They have many different levels, including: field level, plaza seating, value deck, club level, BBQ deck seating and suite options.
  3. Oakland’s ticketing is similar to Safeco. It changes with the market & mainly with the outside demand for tickets. On a Monday in September our tickets were only #13 and we sat in Center Field of the plaza level. From speaking to fans at the games and looking up tickets myself, I would say the range is anywhere from $10-$50, depending on your proximity to the field.

FOOD/DRINKS (*my group had gone to dinner before so this, so this section is done strictly on internet research & what looked good as I walked by):

  1. Gastropub: Craft beer and brick oven pizzas (West Side Club) – one of the newer restaurants in the ballpark. Has freshly made brick oven pizzas which are priced accordingly to the pizza places around the area, and the pizza special changes every homestand.
  2. Burrito District (Section 220): When I think California, I think good Mexican food and this is one of the better places recommended for taqueria-like eats.
  3. A’s Grill (Section 205): similar to Saag’s on the first level, has the same selection of sausages without the the intense line.
  4. Hot Dog Nation (Section 111 & 123): a twist on a baseball park staple. A variety of different, unique hot dogs for an average of $9 each. They also have regular hot dogs available and an assortment of premium and craft beers.

#2 AT&T PARK – SAN FRANCISO, CA

UPDATE: Since this entry was published I have had a chance to visit At&T park myself, and I was not disappointed. At&T is only a year younger than Safeco Field, and the similarities in the structure were not lost on me.

It was a BEAUTIFUL day in San Francisco, not a cloud in the sky and a perfect 75 degrees and sunny for the 1:15 first pitch. We started the game at Public House and it completely lived up to it’s reputation. The atmosphere was easy going, bursting with positivity and fun. There was full bar to the left as we entered and it was busy as ever. We got our drinks there, and this is the first time I learned that most stadiums allow hard alcohol past a designated bar area. Safeco only allows beer to your seats (if you are not in a premium seating location). We were in section 330, about half way in the section. I tend to always end up on the 3rd base side, but more times than none it offers a better view of everything. Our seats were excellent and I could see the whole entire bay. An added plus, a guy in a Mariners hat sat directly in front of me. Strength in numbers, people. #GoMariners

The Giants took on the Cardinals that day. Both teams are NL powerhouses, and both are well versed in championship behavior. The Cardinals having 11 World Series Championships overall and the Giants have won 3 rings over the last 5 seasons. There was a ton of pride going on in the stadium that day. In game entertainment was really interactive, and featured something different every inning. The most impressive was a bit of a fan that was asked to identify a disney character based on their outline, and the woman participating got all 10/10 correct! I don’t know about you, but I could only name about 3 without second guessing myself. A talking seal sang “We Will Rock You” during the 7th inning stretch. It was oddly very funny and who knew a talking sea animal would make me laugh so much. Overall the game was really fun, The Cardinals ended up topping the Giants 7-5 thanks to a Marlon Byrd birthday bash of 2 doubles, a triple and 4 RBIs.

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This entry is courtesy of my good friend Cameron Russo, who is based out of San Francisco. I greatly value his opinion because he has spent nearly his entire life living near the San Francisco area as a fan and a few years as an employee for the Giants. My own trip to this ballpark is scheduled for August 31st, and I cannot wait to hang out in the bay area for a weekend with some great friends!

A QUICK GUIDE TO AT&T PARK AND GIANTS BASEBALL:

QUICK FACTS:

  1. AT&T Park opened on April 11, 2000. Previously named Pac-Bell Park and SBC Park. The Giants had played at Candlestick Park from 1960-1999.
  2. AT&T is home to the 2010, 2012, and 2014 World Series Champion Giants. The Giants clinched the National League West Division Title in its inaugural season at the new stadium and earned a World Series birth in 2002.
  3. The Giants franchise has the most Hall of Famers (23) and franchise wins in MLB history (New York and San Francisco)
    Set National League sellout record with their 258th consecutive sellout at AT&T Park (every game since Oct. 1, 2010)
  4. Mascot: Lou Seal

PLAYERS:

  1. Buster Posey (Catcher #28)- A hall of famer in the making he has already won 3 World Series championships, a 2012 National League MVP, and a batting title. He is hitting .332 with 16 HR and 75 RBI in 2015 on pace to arguably another MVP.
  2. Tim Lincecum (Pitcher #55) – Won 2 Cy Young awards in his first three season in the majors. A four-time-all-star and known as “The Freak”. Ace of the 2010 World Series Championship team. He’s also a former University of Washington Husky (go dawgs!).
  3. Barry Bonds (Outfield #25)- The greatest player in San Francisco history, arguably the greatest to play the game. He is also one of the poster boys for the steroid era. His career numbers include: 762 home runs (1st in MLB for most homeruns ever hit), 2558 walks, 73 home runs in 2001, 12x Silver Slugger, 7x National League MVP, 14x All-star, 2925 hits, 541 stolen bases.
  4. Will Clark (Infield/1B #22) or “Will the Thrill”- Made five all-star appearances for San Francisco. He had three seasons of 100+ RBI and finished second in MVP voting in 1989. First major league at bat he homered off of Nolan Ryan.
  5. Robb Nen (Pitcher #31)-The all time Giants save leader is in the top 20 saves leaders of all time and had a 2.43 ERA over 365 appearances for San Francisco. He had a 10.8 SO per 9 innings ratio.

SEATS & FOOD/DRINK:

  1. AT&T seats about 41,000 people.
  2. Best cheap seats (approx. $30) are the Center Field Bleachers with easy access to the center field concession stands (Orlando’s BBQ, Say Hey! Willie Mays Sausages, Crazy Crab’z) and both the field and promenade levels.
  3. Fan food favorites: Gilroy Garlic Fries, Ghirardelli Hot Fudge Sundaes, Orlando’s Cha-Cha Bowl, and Crazy Crab’z Fresh Dungeness crab Sourdough sandwich.
  4. MIJITA: Mexican restaurant that serves tamales, tacos and margaritas located in Willie Mays plaza (next door to Public House
  5. PUBLIC HOUSE: The parks best beer selection (20 craft beers on tap local & national. Get wristband for access in and out of the park and it is the cheapest way to drink at the stadium.) Also located in Willie Mays Plaza.
  6. THE YARD AT MISSION ROCK: New beer garden and food truck court made from used shipping containers. Located in Parking lot A directly across from McCovey Cove at AT&T Park. Cheap foo and drink before the game.

UNIQUE FEATURES:

  1. Coca-Cola Fan Lot: Coke Bottle (80 ft. long slide) located in left field bleachers along with a mini ballpark (50-by-50ft. replica of AT&T) for base running and whiffle ball.
  2. Nine-foot-high statue of Hall of Famer Willie Mays at the main entrance of the ballpark (3rd and King). Called Willie Mays Plaza (where before mentioned restaurants are located along with the Giants Dugout Store.
  3. Lefty O’Doul Bridge: Located behind right field where fans can watch the game through a field level fence for free. Also there is a bike rental station and fans can catch a ferry from McCovey Cove.
  4. McCovey Cove: Small cove where kayakers can be seen waiting to catch home run balls. There has only been 78 splash hit homeruns at AT&T park (according to the official count in the stadium) a majority hit by Barry Bonds.

#1 SAFECO FIELD – SEATTLE, WA

The beginning of my baseball journey started at a ripe 2 months old in 1993 at Seattle’s national treasure, the Kingdome (#RIP), and has continued into the beautiful confines of Safeco Field. This being my home stadium, I could write about it until… Well, until my favorite boys in navy, teal, silver and white secure that elusive October pennant. The Kingdome and Safeco are both close to my heart and have provided the scenery to my baseball journey. I hope it does the same job for anyone wishing to begin their own journey into one of the cornerstones of professional athletics.

A QUICK GUIDE TO SAFECO AND MARINER BASEBALL:

TEAM/STADIUM:

  1. The Mariners have been a franchise since 1977 – they have three AL West division titles (’95,’97 & ’01) and no world series berths/wins
  2. Safeco was opened on July 15th, 1999 against the San Diego Padres after the Mariners and the Seattle Seahawks vacated their original home, the Kingdome. The Kingdome was demolished in March 2000.
  3. Mascot: the Mariner Moose
  4. Colors: Navy, Silver, White
  5. Safeco field has a retractable roof. If it starts to rain during the game- it takes about 10/15 minutes to close the roof.

PLAYERS:

  1. The Mariners have sent 6 uniformed players and one beloved broadcaster to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame (Pat Gillick, Goose Goosage, Rickey Henderson, Dick Williams, Gaylord Perry, Randy Johnson and Dave Niehaus).
    The Mariners have inducted 9 players into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame (Dave Niehaus, Alvin Davis, Jay Buhner, current hitting coach Edgar Martinez, Dan Wilson, Randy Johnson, Ken Griffey Jr., Lou Pinella and Jamie Moyer)
    In 2001 the Mariners won 116 games, eclipsing the American League record for wins and tying the record for most major league wins set by the Chicgo Cubs in 1906 (in a 152 game season)
  2. Felix Hernandez (Pictcher #34) pitched the only perfect game in Mariners history on August 15th, 2012. Six time all-star for Seattle. Won the AL Cy Young Award in 2010 with 13 wins (fewest wins by any Cy Young recipient for a full season). He is arguably the franchise player of the club and most recognizable name on the Seattle Mariners. He has the current lowest career Earned Run Average (ERA) for all Mariners staring pitchers at 3.08 and is only second in strike outs to Randy Johnson at 2,096.
  3. Nelson Cruz (Outfield/Designated Hitter #23) is producing one of the great offensive years (2015) a uniformed Seattle Mariner has put together since Edgar Martinez in ’95. He has recently tied the record for consecutive games with an extra base hit (9) held by Ken Griffey Jr., and manufactured a career best 20 game hitting streak.
  4. Edgar Martinez (Designated Hitter #11)- is a 7 time all-star with Seattle. He is the only player in MLB history to have spent his entire career with one club (with a minimum of 10 years service) with the Mariners (18 seasons). Only to return as the hitting coach in 2015. He holds the club record for most doubles (514), most RBIs (1,261) and total bases (3,718).
  5. Ken Griffey Jr. “The Kid” (Outfield #24)- 10 time all-star with Seattle. Holds the all time home run record with the Mariners (417). Was drafted in the first round of the MLB draft by Seattle in 1987, played for Seattle from 1989-1999 and 2009-2010.
  6. Ichiro Suzuki (Outfield #51)- 10 time all-star with Seattle. He holds the all time batting average record (.322) and record for hits with the club (2533).

TICKETS:

  1. Safeco seats roughly 54,000 people.
    If you’re looking to take in a game at Safeco keep in mind the dynamic pricing. Depending on the time of the week, popularity of the event, potential giveaways and their winning record, the prices will vary.
  2. A cheap but scenic route to take in a ball game – seats in Left Field bleachers. The view from these seats are in left field, still provide a view of the field and MLB’s largest center field screen.
  3. Main level seats best values are sections 118-111 and 142-150.
  4. Safeco also offers three popular “deluxe” seating options: the Terrace club, the All-Star club and the Diamond Club.
    The Terrace Club is the second level of seating in Safeco. The Terrace club offers an inside seating area to watch the game directly behind the main seating area, cushioned seats, full service bars and an option to have food served to you at your seat. Depending on the dynamic pricing and proximity to the field these can range from $45-$85.
  5. The All-Star Club is adjacently with the suite level of seating level of Safeco. The tickets are a little harder to come by and the run anywhere from $140(ish)-$200. These tickets include complimentary parking, all you can eat food, wine and beer.
  6. The Diamond Club is the area located directly behind home plate. It has all the same amenities as the All-Star club, but you pay more for the location. The least expensive seat I’ve seen offered there was about $250 per seat.
    If it is your first time at Safeco – sit on the first base side. The higher you go you get a better view of the city and the lower you get allows you a closer view behind the home team dugout.

FOOD & DRINKS:

  1. Safeco’s most recognizable spot for food and drinks is appropriately named “The Pen” – it houses a full bar, three different areas to grab a quick beer (ranging from coors to blue moon eason and regular) to manny’s). There are three different food stations to get everything from hot dogs to dirty tots. The Pen opens 2.5 hours prior to first pitch, and has a happy hour ($6 beers on tap) for the early birds to the stadium. Happy hour ends one hour prior to first pitch.
  2. There are two areas that follow the $6 beer rule throughout the game. The first behind right field, adjacent to the Hit It Here Cafe. The second area is hidden bar rail behind the variety of food options behind home plate.
  3. HIT-IT-HERE CAFE: This area is sold by bar seat/table and located on the same level of the terrace club, directly above right field. There is a possibility to eat in the cafe if all seats have not been sold by first pitch. They offer a full bar/menu and a fan favorite is the pulled pork sandwich or the sourdough bread bowl with chowder.
  4. EDGAR’S CANTINA: This bar is dedicated and named for our fearless hitting coach and future hall of famer, Edgar Martinez. It gives you an awesome view of the field, straight down the 3rd baseline and inside of the left field foul pole. My favorite there would be the carne asada tacos.

EXTRA:

  1. There is a “Kid’s Club” on Safeco’s main concourse behind section 109 if you are attending a game with children under 10.

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