Get Thee To Safeco

Dave · September 29, 2009 at 12:44 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Tonight, the M’s open their final home stand of the season. The last six games don’t mean a whole heck of a lot, but even still, let me encourage you to make it to Safeco Field this week. The reasons are numerous.

1. Felix is pitching tonight and Sunday. As much as we don’t want to talk about it, there is a non-zero chance that the M’s could trade him this winter. This might be your last chance to watch Felix pitch as a Mariner in person.

2. Adrian Beltre is probably not coming back next year. He’s been unfairly maligned his entire career here, but he’s been a tremendous player for the M’s for the last five years. He deserves a proper send off. Standing ovations, loud “Thank You” chants, all of it. You know Red will be there with his massive head-on-a-stick. Let’s make sure there’s not just one crazy Beltre fan at Safeco this week. He deserves to know that what he’s done here has been appreciated.

3. This has been the most fun year to be a Mariner fan in a long, long time. The organization worked extremely hard to make this a team worth rooting for again, and they succeeded in less than a year. As much as we can, let’s pack the place this weekend as a reward for their hard work.

4. In all likelihood, this is Junior’s swan song. Sunday’s game is going to be one that you’ll remember how you felt for the rest of your life. Go.


15 Responses to “Get Thee To Safeco”

  1. hidalgo on September 29th, 2009 1:00 pm

    Why does the WSJ only give the Mariners a 36% chance of winning tonight? I don’t know about that rag. Or is there some logic?

  2. Dave on September 29th, 2009 1:09 pm

    The probabilities in the WSJ are based on Accuscore simulations. We’re not doing our own calculations there. No idea how Accuscore comes up with those numbers.

  3. TheBird on September 29th, 2009 1:10 pm

    Got my tickets for Sunday a few days back, for nearly all the reasons stated, though I’m still in denial about the possibility of Felix leaving.

    I went for the lower outfield to show love for that Gutichiro! dynamic duo. Plus, I fully expect Jr. to drop his final long ball in my lap. Make it so, Blowers!

  4. msb on September 29th, 2009 1:13 pm

    Shannon also suggests giving Eddie Guardado a career-end salute this weekend, pretty much for being a good guy

  5. Jim_H on September 29th, 2009 1:59 pm

    I love Shannon’s writing. Always gives me a warm fuzzy! =)

  6. Ron Stevens on September 29th, 2009 2:07 pm

    hidalgo asked:Why does the WSJ only give the Mariners a 36% chance of winning tonight?
    I think that it was a typo (reversed); a credible online sportsbook had the M’s -210 on the money line.

  7. Ron Stevens on September 29th, 2009 2:08 pm

    If there was confusion, Mariners -210.

  8. PositivePaul on September 29th, 2009 2:27 pm

    I’ve erased the calendar and got tix to Sunday!

  9. cdowley on September 29th, 2009 2:44 pm

    I’d love to be there Sunday, but sadly don’t have the cash to buy tix or the extra gas I’d need to get there and back. If only there was one more week so I could get to my next payday, I’d be there!

    Enjoy to all of you who can go! I’ll be listening to the game on the radio and feeling extremely envious 🙂

  10. BillyJive on September 29th, 2009 2:49 pm

    I’ll be there Saturday and Sunday…my only games this season…pop by and say hi!!!

  11. lailaihei on September 29th, 2009 3:21 pm

    Already got tickets for Sunday and I’m going to the game tonight.

    Why does the WSJ only give the Mariners a 36% chance of winning tonight? I don’t know about that rag. Or is there some logic?

    That’s backwards, the books have the Mariners at about 65%.

  12. Chris_From_Bothell on September 29th, 2009 4:26 pm

    Going for the Oktoberfest thingy, and then for last game of the year.

    I suspect I will be spending a fair amount of Sunday afternoon with a lump in my throat, insisting that I just have a little something in my eye, and that I’m fine, really.

    Anyone want to take odds on the most prevalent signage at the Sunday game? Will there be more “Pay Felix” or more “Ken Again in 2010″…?

  13. joser on September 29th, 2009 4:59 pm

    I guess I should go Sunday. Griffey has hit a home run in each and every game I’ve attended this year (no joke — the last one was the Sunday game vs the Yankees) so he needs me to make sure his last game, if indeed it is*, gets the highlight it deserves.

    * If you listened to Drayer on 710 today, it sounds like there’s a significantly non-zero chance that this won’t be his last day in baseball, or even his last day in an M’s uniform.

  14. jld on September 30th, 2009 11:25 am

    I hope TheBird caught Griffey’s bomb last night.

  15. leon0112 on September 30th, 2009 12:40 pm

    Everyone should go to Safeco with signs supporting Beltre, Guti and Ichiro for Gold Gloves.

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