The Boys of Summer

I love baseball. And when I say I love baseball, I mean it. Truly. I think it could be considered borderline obsession. I started watching baseball with my grandpa when I was a little girl. That was the beginning of my love for the Seattle Mariners. We went to games at the Kingdome and we saw all the greats in action. John Olerud, Dan Wilson, Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner, Randy Johnson Ken Griffey Jr and others. It started a passion in my brother to play baseball, so as we grew up, I spent every spring and summer hanging out at a baseball field watching him play…all the way up until the year he graduated high school. The team may be different now than it was when my love for the sport began, but that love has only grown! So when we had an opportunity to have an outing to a Mariners game, I jumped on it as quickly as possible.

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This last weekend, my Seattle Mariners played the Oakland A’s. While they may have lost 3-1, I still had a great time! We got there pretty early and found FREE parking. Well…it was about ½ mile away but we took it anyway. When there are two events going on simultaneously (Supercross was right next door at CenturyLink field) they jack up the price for parking, and the cheapest we found was $35 bucks. We were willing to walk! I took one of my very good friends, Crissy. It’s awesome having friends who understand puppy raising and that things take a little bit of extra time when there is a cute puppy in tow. Usually Helaine and I go out either alone, or with other PR friends simply because of that. But, Crissy has fit right into that role and has been a lot of fun to adventure with!

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We got our tickets and entered the stadium through the Right Field entrance. Helaine was very well behaved, but she was definitely charged from all the energy in the stadium. She was really focused and well behaved. We didn’t have to use a single treat that night, and she still remained focused and un-distracted. Some days she’s showing such great maturity, and other times she regresses a bit. It’s a rollercoaster ride that’s for sure!

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We meandered around the main concourse. We visited the team store, rode in a glass elevator and visited different vendors. We were getting ready to find our seats when we found the Mariner Moose! He’s a total celebrity and in the 20 years I’ve been watching the Mariners and attending games, I had NEVER met him! We took the chance to get some pictures with him. At first, Helaine thought he was a giant stuffed toy just for her. The moose was so fun, and my girl thought he was the coolest thing ever! (I did too!)

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We made our way to our seats and settled in. They were high up, but I firmly believe there isn’t a bad seat in the house. We could see everything from our section, and we even got to bask in the warmth of the setting sun. Once it went down however, it was really really cold. I had gotten a sweatshirt at the game, so I gave my jacket to Helaine who was shivering and chilled. That is true love right there!

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This was yet another bucket list item that I had to cross off the list before Helaine went back. I am so glad that we were able to go, and that I was able to spend the day with such an awesome and understanding friend!

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