Last series, Rangers at Mariners
Three games, all with a different reason to go:
Friday, October 1st (7:35): Ichiro! shows his appreciation for the fans by attempting to break the hits record. Also, the Mariners give away prizes.
“And the Pontiac Astrowagon goes to the fan in seat 0….0….0…..1. C. Montgomery Burns!”
“And here come the pretzels!”
I’ve had an ongoing debate with a friend of mine. He argues that by attendance, the prizes on this night and elsewhere are tilted to the masses in cheap seats.
I believe that the prizes are distributed more or less at random, but within certain restrictions. I’ve been to more games than I care to remember, and I’ve never seen the kind of random clumping you’d expect from a truly random distribution. It’s always section 328… section 112. Section 203… Section 115. Rarely are two prizes (like gift cards) given away to two people on the same deck.
So my opinion is that either they’re truly random orrrr they employ some kind of psuedo-random selection method, like:
– first giveaway random
– second giveaway random from all sections but the one that won
– third random giveaway from different *level* if the first two were the same
However, this kind of thing requires a lot of work and they’re probably better off just hitting the ‘randomize’ button again to get another result if it looks like people might be unhappy.
It’d be cool if the M’s gave Edgar something on fan appreciation night. I don’t know how you’d work that.
Saturday, October 2nd (5:35): Edgar Day. Gotta come out and cheer for Edgar. Check out Edgar’s journal on MLB.com, it’s… Edgar, for sure. Also check out the funny-and-distrubing Edgar mask.
Sunday, October 3rd: Souveneir night as Park and Meche match up. Edgar’s last game. Ichiro! sets the bar, hopefully, for future aspirants to history. The merciful end to a long, often hard-to-watch season (and not in the George Bush “I see on the TV screens how hard it is” sense, but that for much of this season there wasn’t much reason to watch the team, much less hope for the future) (thank you, I’d like to give a shout out to the comments thread that inspired that).
Or, if you prefer… Drese v Villone, Rogers v Moyer (who would have thought Rogers would be having a more effective season? but that’s a topic for that day’s game thread), and Park v Meche.