Love for the Rainiers

DMZ · September 6, 2005 at 5:22 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

There will be playoff baseball in the Puget Sound. The Tacoma Rainiers are headed to the PCL playoffs (without Felix, unfortunately for them). Dates, from the site:

Pacific Conference Championship:
Wednesday, September 7 (7:05 p.m.)
Thursday, September 8 (7:05 p.m.) – Dollar Deal Day with $1 hot dogs, sodas, ice cream and beer.

Pacific Coast League Championship:
Friday, September 16 (7:05 p.m.)
Saturday, September 17 (7:05 p.m.)
Sunday, September 18 (1:35 p.m.)

Check it out.


35 Responses to “Love for the Rainiers”

  1. David J Corcoran on September 6th, 2005 5:56 pm

    Just one question. Say I am coming in on the 6:27 PM flight from Boise on the 16th (I am). What would be the fastest way to get to Cheney to miss minimum game time? The city bus gets me there at 8:30, and Shuttle Express’d get me there by 7:30, but it also costs $35. Any idea of a cheaper way?

  2. Gunga on September 6th, 2005 5:57 pm

    Thinking about getting tickets for Thursday’s game. Anyone wanna do a meet-up?

  3. Typical Idiot Fan on September 6th, 2005 5:59 pm

    5 bucks says that every single Rainier player would rather get called up for September / October then do the AAA playoffs.

  4. JMB on September 6th, 2005 6:01 pm

    OK, DJC, you’re coming in on the 6:27pm flight from Boise on the 11th.

    Ha ha ha. I’ll be here all week.

    Have somebody pick you up?


  5. David J Corcoran on September 6th, 2005 6:02 pm

    3: And sit on the bench? I don’t know. If player had been to the majors, and knows they have no future in the teams plans (Abraham Nunez, Ramon Santiago, Damian Moss), they probably would rather just play in AAA playoffs. But for guys who have a future and have never been up, yeah, they’d probably rather be up.

  6. David J Corcoran on September 6th, 2005 6:03 pm

    4: I was planning on taking the city bus. I’m staying at the Keenan House near UPS in Tacoma, but since there’s a game, I may go straight to Cheney now at a more frantic pace.

    And it’s the 6:27 on the 16th

  7. msb on September 6th, 2005 6:11 pm

    how much more expensive would a rental car be, if shuttle express is now $35 both ways? granted the bus would be cheaper, but a car might be more flexible…

  8. David J Corcoran on September 6th, 2005 6:12 pm

    Not 21 so I can’t rent a car.

  9. msb on September 6th, 2005 6:15 pm

    dang. there is that small snag. it’s been so long since I was 21 🙂

  10. Winslow on September 6th, 2005 6:25 pm

    I believe you have to be 25 to rent a car, actually.

  11. David J Corcoran on September 6th, 2005 6:27 pm

    That complicates things even further, don’t it. Suppose I could use Pap’s #1 Club Gold Account and kinda sneak out illegaly, but if they decide to check ID now, even with #1 Club Gold, I’d be screwed.

    I swear, if it weren’t for the price of gas I’d just drive.

  12. JMB on September 6th, 2005 6:29 pm

    Is the gas really more expensive than the flight? I have no idea what it costs to fly from Boise to Seattle.

  13. David J Corcoran on September 6th, 2005 6:32 pm

    $130 round trip. But figure to drive to Seattle…let’s see, I get about 200 miles/fill up (small gas tank) at $20/fill up, and 900 miles round trip to Seattle & back, including city time, so that’s about $100. BUT, because this is a college related escapade (visiting UPS, otherwise, what the hell would inspire me to vacation to Tacoma?!) my parents are paying for the flight if I fly.

  14. David J Corcoran on September 6th, 2005 6:37 pm

    Plus, it’s actually about $30 with new gas prices, making it about $140 to drive there and back.

  15. Jim Thomsen on September 6th, 2005 6:48 pm

    Why not send Ichiro down to Tacoma to help out during the playoffs? There’s no particular need for him in Seattle right now.

  16. msb on September 6th, 2005 6:56 pm

    hmm. in theory it would be about $50 for a cab– but there is that whole friday rush hour traffic thing, though, to slow the ride down…

  17. Pete Livengood on September 6th, 2005 7:29 pm

    Gunga (and others),

    I may be down for both the Wednesday and Thursday games and am always interested in meeting up with Fellow Travelers, whether that be pre-game, during game, or post-game.

    There is the Engine House No. 9 (site of the USSM gathering for Felix’s first Tacoma start last April), and I would also highly recommend either the Spar (in Old Town Tacoma) or the Swiss (in downtown Tacoma, near the UW-Tacoma), though both are further from Cheney than the E9.

    I’ll check back on this thread tomorrow when plans firm up.

  18. Deanna on September 6th, 2005 7:30 pm

    Dammit! If only the championship was this coming weekend… I won’t be in town at all during next weekend. Guess I won’t get to hang out with DJC, either.

    Is there any reasonable way to get to and from Cheney by bus from downtown Seattle? ST makes it look like the buses don’t run back after 9:30pm, either.

  19. Oly Rainiers Fan on September 6th, 2005 7:54 pm

    Sound Transit Bus 574 will take you from the airport to the Tacoma Dome station in 36 minutes. It leaves every half hour (6:20pm, 6:50pm, 7:20pm etc.). From the Tacoma Dome station you’d have to ride the Link light rail (free) or another bus that takes you to downtown Tacoma (10th & Commerce stop), and from there, catch the Pierce Transit #2 bus – which you’ll want to get off at 19th & Stevens, then you’ll have to walk to the stadium from there.

    As for getting BACK to Seattle, you’re sorta screwed (because, as Deanna points out, the ST express buses don’t run later than 9:30 heading northbound), but the #2 Pierce Transit bus does run late enough to haul you back to the downtown Tacoma, and then you’d have to take a bus back to the Tacoma Dome and figure out what to do from there. (the light rail stops at like 10pm, that’s why you’d have to take the bus back).

    For Corcoran: if it all worked out, I think you’d get to Cheney by 8:20/8:30 or so, for the cost of $4.25 ($3 for the Sound transit express, $1.25 for the Pierce Transit). And I’m sure Gunga or whoever he meets there would give you a ride to wherever you may be staying in Tacoma?

    I’ll be at the game tomorrow as well as the one Thursday. (Still have some flex plan seats left, because I had faith). I was at the game Sunday when they clinched, and it was pretty cool. They were pretty excited, and god knows it’s not like I’m going to see the Mariners running onto the field hugging each other because they just clinched their division anytime soon.

    Damian Moss pitches Wed for Tacoma, and Bobby Livingston is on tap for Thursday night.

    BTW, Cruceta looked fantastic Sunday.

  20. David J Corcoran on September 6th, 2005 7:58 pm

    Can’t I get a transfer between ST 574 and whichever PT 2?
    It’s only like 30 blocks. I’d walk or take a cab back to the Keenan House.
    Already looked at the Pierce trip planner, 8:30 is right.

  21. Gunga on September 6th, 2005 8:04 pm

    I’d be happy to give a ride to Corco or whomever might need one between Olympia and Tacoma or in the general vicinity of either. Just so long as they know how to get where they’re going. I have a terrible sense of direction. 🙂

  22. Gomez on September 6th, 2005 8:06 pm

    I hate the bus service between here and Tacoma. I could never do a night game because I wouldn’t get home until 2 am! You telling me, Sound Transit, you can get me to Everett in 25 minutes, but it takes you TWO HOURS to get me to Tacoma?!

  23. David J Corcoran on September 6th, 2005 8:18 pm

    21: We’ll see. My presence at the Tacoma game is contingent on me NOT having to spend $35 for the Shuttle. I’m already booking it on the way back to the airport on the 17th and don’t want to pay it twice.

  24. Gunga on September 6th, 2005 8:30 pm

    Corco – I have a feeling that if Felix were pitching tonight, you’d already have someone offering to pick you up at the airport and take you with them to the game. As I write this, there are 23 posts up in… what inning is this again?

  25. Gunga on September 6th, 2005 8:33 pm

    Ummmm, I’m looking at the wrong thread. There are already 35 posts on the game thread. Things are hoppin’

  26. Oly Rainiers Fan on September 6th, 2005 9:16 pm

    Yes, you can get a transfer between Sound Transit and Pierce Transit. And if time’s really a big issue, you can call a cab from the Tacoma Dome and save yourself a few minutes.

    Of course, there’s no guarantee they’ll be playing on the 16th. They DO have to win this first best three out of five first.

    And yes, if you think the mass transit hours suck between Tacoma and Seattle, try living in Olympia where buses stop running to/from Tacoma around 8pm, and the ones that run before that don’t sync up with the schedules of the ones you’re trying to catch.

  27. tino on September 6th, 2005 9:28 pm

    Corco — Maybe whoever you are staying with at UPS could give you a ride for a ticket to the game? 🙂

    BTW, you should go to Willamette, not UPS. I’m a fellow Idahoan who ventured to Salem for my undergrad.

  28. Gunga on September 6th, 2005 9:40 pm


    Sorry. Mom’s alma mater.

  29. JasonAChurchill on September 7th, 2005 1:00 am

    No chance of coming in on an earlier flight eh?

  30. David J Corcoran on September 7th, 2005 6:23 am

    27: I’m staying at the Keenan House near UPS, not with anyone.

    I’m applying to both Willamette and UPS. Whichever is cheaper wins.

    29: That’s an interesting philosophy, except my tickets are non transferrable.

  31. PositivePaul on September 7th, 2005 9:21 am

    Corco —

    If the Rainiers are still playing on the 16th, your blogmate will do his darndest to plow through the Friday night traffic northbound from Olympia all the way up to SeaTac and back down to Cheney. It may take us until 8 PM to get to the game, though, with the southbound traffic. It’s usually better by 6:30-ish, but still quite heavy.

    Anyone have a weather forecast out that far? Of course, weather forecasting in Western Washington is a near impossible task, especially out 10 days…

  32. DMZ on September 7th, 2005 9:31 am

    Attempting a 10 day weather forecast would be folly.

  33. Macker on September 7th, 2005 9:39 am

    Only two kinds of people attempt to predict the weather….fools and tourists.

  34. Evan on September 7th, 2005 9:48 am

    I would expect Seattle’s weather is actually quite predictable. Environment Canada released a study about a year ago showing that Vancouver had the country’s most predictable weather, simply based on seasonal norms.

    Calgary’s weather was least predictable (bad place to play baseball).

  35. David J Corcoran on September 7th, 2005 4:12 pm

    31: I may take you up on that. We’ll see if the Rainiers make it that far.