Happy Opening Felix Day

Dave · April 2, 2007 at 7:13 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Well, it’s finally here. This time it counts, or do we have to wait until July to say that?

In about eight and a half hours, Felix Hernandez will throw a first pitch fastball to open the 2007 season, and what is likely the most pivotal season in the franchises history will begin. We’ve written our fair share of analysis and opinions about how the offseason went and what we expect this year to look like, but as of today, only the results on the field matter.

Today, we have hope. King Felix takes the hill for the last time before he turns 21 and makes the first of what is hopefully a decade or two of opening day starts at Safeco Field. Win today and the team will take possession of first place.

Huzzah for opening day. Go M’s.

Comments

23 Responses to “Happy Opening Felix Day”

  1. fore on April 2nd, 2007 7:23 am

    It feels good. BASEBALL IS BACK!

  2. pumpkinhead on April 2nd, 2007 7:25 am

    Counting down as we speak! I’ve resumed my cable TV just for this– Goooo M’s.

    Dan’s got nothing on King F.

  3. Nat Irons on April 2nd, 2007 7:30 am

    I was just barely awake at the time, but did I really hear KUOW’s promo for Derek’s 10AM Weekday appearance describe him as a local bookie?

  4. IP on April 2nd, 2007 7:35 am

    I’m gonna leave work early and go home and watch it in HD. w000t!

  5. Beniitec on April 2nd, 2007 7:40 am

    Ahh…finally. Green grass, dirt, wood, and best of all, baseball. Hey, I’m not a big stats person. But I will contribute this on opening day. For those of you that are Mac users, and use the Adiumx chat client, I’ve posted two Mariners dock icon sets on the Adiumextras website and anyone can download and have it as their dock icons for their Adium chat client! Here are the two links: Home Away

    That’s how much fever I’ve had. For those of you that are Mac users, enjoy! GO MARINERS!

  6. Beniitec on April 2nd, 2007 7:42 am

    Oops, I messed up on the links. Here are the correct links: Home Away

  7. Beniitec on April 2nd, 2007 7:43 am

    Ok, for those of us who don’t know, where can we get it on HD? Thanks.

  8. Bender on April 2nd, 2007 7:45 am

    I’ve got tickets, am taking a half day at work and am ready to go watch some damned baseball! It’s about time!

  9. PositivePaul on April 2nd, 2007 8:12 am

    On my work calendar, I was at least honest — “Subject: Day Off; Location: Safeco Field”. Of course, no one at work should need to look at my calendar to know that. They already know I’m the craziest M’s fan there.

    The third battery for my camera is topping off; the memory cards are clear. I’m takin’ a day and makin’ it fun. It’ll be good to see ‘new’ Felix. Just about to leave the house to head up to Seattle & hang out up there.

  10. bigred on April 2nd, 2007 8:24 am

    How ’bout Loaiza on the DL? That’s gotta help us a bit early in the year.

  11. patl on April 2nd, 2007 8:29 am

    I woke up at 4:30 to catch the bus and get to work at 6am so I could meet up with my buddies for the game and still work a full day. I can’t wait for the game to start :-)

  12. Mariner Fan in CO Exile on April 2nd, 2007 8:33 am

    I watched the Eagle Hardware and Garden (where I used to work, actually) video about the 1995 Season -”My Oh My” last night. It got me excited about this year. There were some serious power hitters on that team and Randy Johnson, of course, but there were also some role-player scrubs, guys past their primes, and some guys who simply played up to their potential at a good time that year. There were ups and downs – Griffey out for a long time, a big stretch of losing – but the division wasn’t spectacular, and the M’s started to play well together in the bandbox venu that was the kingdome.

    I know there aren’t a ton of similarities, but Spring hope springs eternal (for at least another several hours), and all the memories of ’95 are actually getting me excited about this year. Sure it’s been 3 rather than 19 years, but I do really think that this year’s team has a shot at being pretty good “if a whole lot of things go right.”

    By the way, I had another happy moment remembering the Yankees series in ’95. One of my friends from college is a HUGE Yankees fan – one of the most annoying there is. He still can’t get over the ’95 series. I am serious. It still eats away at him, and I look at it as the beginning (more or less) of a winning tradition taking hold in Seattle (tradition with a small “t”). I am getting off work early today to watch the game. Go M’s! Opening Day is a great day to be a fan.

  13. ventti on April 2nd, 2007 8:38 am

    Hello there, folks. A long time fan of the M’s and USSM from far away Finland here. First time commenting.

    10 hours ahead of you guys and the game isn’t on until 1.35 AM, so i’m thinking of taking at least half a day off tomorrow…the first half.

  14. msb on April 2nd, 2007 8:48 am

    How ’bout Loaiza on the DL? That’s gotta help us a bit early in the year.

    not if it means we see Blanton instead….

  15. manzell on April 2nd, 2007 9:31 am

    I don’t see how the argument that 2007 is the “most pivotal season” in team history. It’s not like the team is threatening to move (like 1995), and it’s not like teams have a ‘groundhogs day’ which will signify success or failure for the next decade.

    Let’s face it, this is just another season. The more wins the better. But does any result between 70 and 90 wins say ANYTHING about how the team will be in 2008?

  16. David J. Corcoran I on April 2nd, 2007 9:34 am

    I have very rarely been more excited for anything. YES!

  17. Daniel Carroll on April 2nd, 2007 9:45 am

    I may just go out and celebrate Opening Day by buying Derek’s book!

  18. patl on April 2nd, 2007 10:03 am

    Daniel, it’s more in the spirit of the book if you just shoplift it instead.

  19. yofarbs on April 2nd, 2007 10:14 am

    My copy of The Cheater’s Guide just arrived from Amazon. Perfect timing!

  20. Beniitec on April 2nd, 2007 10:58 am

    Well I noticed that some of my friends were unable to download the adium dock icons that I created so I’ve posted them elsewhere. Download: Home
    Away

  21. klosetfann on April 2nd, 2007 12:08 pm

    Hey all you great M’s fans, there is a good peice on King Felix on ESPN.com. Its under the MLB part. Check it out.

  22. msb on April 2nd, 2007 12:19 pm

    does Dave Mahler even listen to what comes out of his mouth? …

    ‘we know Japanese players can hit, but none of the pitchers have had much success’

  23. NODO Dweller on April 2nd, 2007 12:28 pm

    Here’s the ESPN link in case anyone else gets bit by the fact their site navigation doesn’t seem to be working today…

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