M’s extend agreement with Everett Aquasox through 2008

DMZ · January 31, 2006 at 11:02 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Not huge news, as the old contract ran through 2006, but still nice. From the Aquasox press release:

“The Mariners are extremely pleased to extend our affiliation in Everett,” said Mariners Vice-President of Player Development and Scouting, Benny Looper. “The AquaSox management and fans make this an easy decision as our players and staff enjoy first class treatment while competing in the Northwest League.”

I love seeing games at Everett, the people are great, almost everyone on staff is kind and friendly, and it’s a nice little stadium, but their clubhouse facilities are pretty bad. I know it’s short-season so it’s not unbearable over 162 games, but it’d really be nice to see them be able to improve those facilities. Especially when Everett’s sometimes used for Mariner rehab assignments, it seems like that’d be worth the modest organizational investment.


16 Responses to “M’s extend agreement with Everett Aquasox through 2008”

  1. Jim Thomsen on January 31st, 2006 11:03 am

    Just as long as that’s the only Everett they’re extending beyond 2006.

    I’m happy about this. My mom and brother moved to Everett last year, so I’ll be up a lot, taking in much more than the usual 1-2 games a season. I hope we can plan some meetups during the season there.

  2. DMZ on January 31st, 2006 11:08 am

    That’s a good point — I’ve tweaked the post title in the hopes that no one has a heart attack thinking that Carl Everett’s going to be around for four seasons.

  3. Deanna on January 31st, 2006 11:49 am

    I only went up there once, for Jeff Clement’s bark in the park debut, but I thought it was really cool; very pretty scenery and very convenient to bus to from Seattle, unlike Cheney. Definitely worth going back to.

    Is the clubhouse bad for Single A, or bad period? I always sort of assumed that minor league clubhouses were just supposed to suck, for some reason.

  4. Mr. Egaas on January 31st, 2006 12:25 pm

    I love going to the Aquasox games. Saw Bavasi at one last summer (who was a real dick…) just a few weeks before the trade deadline, which kind of set me off. You think he’d be doing more important things.

  5. vj on January 31st, 2006 12:27 pm

    Derek, that little tweak came too late for me. Don’t worry, I’m not faint of heart.

  6. I Found My Thrill On Glenallen Hill on January 31st, 2006 12:49 pm

    One warning for those of you wanting to go to your first Aquasox game this year: it gets COLD at night. Bring a jacket or sweater.

    It’s a lot of fun to watch the kids, though.

  7. dan@jackson on January 31st, 2006 1:20 pm

    I went to an Aquasox game a few years back and it was very enjoyable. I wasn’t even aware that there was a “Clubhouse” though. The Sox manager got tossed from the game early. He watched the rest of the game unform down the left field line and that seemed fine to the Umps.

  8. msb on January 31st, 2006 1:27 pm

    #4. sure it was Bill? There are other Bavasi’s in the area, ones with strong ties to the Sox. FWIW, perhaps there was someone playing on one or the other of the teams who might have been tradebait.

    Or maybe he just likes the Aquasox, too.

  9. DMZ on January 31st, 2006 1:29 pm

    The Bavasi that’s a Seattle GM does go see the kids at Everett sometimes.

  10. msb on January 31st, 2006 1:39 pm

    hey, it’s a good time.

  11. Deanna on January 31st, 2006 1:49 pm

    Yeah, what’s wrong with going to watch the kids you drafted and get more familiar with them? I think it’s cool that we have our short A and our AAA teams both so close.

  12. Mr. Egaas on January 31st, 2006 3:42 pm

    8. Yep, I noticed his shimmering bald head from miles a way. A few of us approached him (20 years old or so), and he really wanted nothing to do with us. I can understand if he was doing business, or something, or understand even if he wasn’t, but he was just a real dick about it. We just wanted to talk with somebody who holds our dream job.

  13. MarinerMojo95 on January 31st, 2006 4:25 pm

    I recently moved to the Everett area and grew up in Tacoma, so I have been to both Cheney Stadium and Everett Memorial Stadium. I have to say that Everett is a first class facility and the people are great. It’s much better than Cheney on any given night. It’s fun to see the kids come up on the farm and actually recognizing names when they go to AAA or the bigs.

  14. JMB on January 31st, 2006 8:12 pm

    The facilities consist of the high school lockerroom, just up the hill by the football field. The stadium itself doesn’t have clubhouses.

  15. msb on January 31st, 2006 10:17 pm

    Jason! Duuuude! Nice to see you!

  16. Alan on February 2nd, 2006 2:26 pm

    This is great to hear. I love going to Aquasox games. Especially the dollar Mondays. (as the name suggests, stuff from the concessions is a dollar)

    The facilities probably should be upgraded, but I think they do a good job with what they’ve got. It really isn’t practical for the city to change anything (they own the facilities) since for most of the year its used for high school teams.

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