View from Mt Vernon.
Tuesday is the only early opening of any gates, the right field gate opens to season ticket holders on Tuesday and Saturday. I was able to make a friend at the gate willing to let me in.
Safeco Field and Century Link field view.
A pic with the Kid’s statue, Ken Griffey Jr, my favorite player all time.
At nine years old the sweet swing Griffey had coupled with his awesome fielding skills and ever present smile made him my favorite.
View of Safeco approaching from 4th avenue.
LF gate of Safeco Field
And the RF gate where STH enter 3 hours early.
The STG line was pretty long, but all of them went in for autographs, on the way in I was able to find Ball #1-2.
I noticed two Athletics pitchers throwing a side session in their bullpen and headed over hoping to get an Athletics 50th year commemorative from Lou Trivino, Ball #3.
Ichiro, who would decide after Wednesday’s game that he was done playing baseball and working in the Mariners front office threw me Ball #4 on the Safeco patio in CF territory, Ball #4. It was cool seeing him play his final two games.
While I was on the CF patio a homer landed in the Seattle bullpen. I decided to use the glove trick for this trip given the volume of baseballs that land in the visitor/home bullpen. I only had to pull the baseball in for Ball #5 close to the gate and reached over the short gate for it.
Over in the CF area I was able to score a second toss up from the generous Lou Trivino who must not have remembered me from earlier or is just extra cool, Ball #6
To finish up the stats for the day I completed a glove trick out of the Athletics bullpen for Ball #7.
Some pictures around Safeco Field.
At the top of Safeco from the highest point behind home plate.
View of LF from high up
This game started off nice, as I ran in to the CF patio past the bullpens two balls sat in hands reach for Ball #1-2, no time to take a picture. I grabbed them and continued on.
I got Dee Gordon’s attention for a toss up of Ball #3 on the CF patio.
When all the gates opened I went over to foul territory along the RF line, and was lucky to come upon this for Ball #4. An usher told me he plants them there, and didn’t seem to care that I was the finder of this one.
Ball #5 was a toss up in the same spot from an unidentified Athletics player generously throwing baseballs into the crowd.
Hanging out toward CF a security guard tossed me up Ball #6.
I came away with Ball #7-8 hanging out in the same area off the track and into the seats.
During the game I was able to get a toss up in between innings from Mitch Haniger after he warmed up with Dee Gordon, Ball #9.
This one began with two glove tricked baseballs for Ball #1-2, I was going for a third when security came over and handed me the third for Ball #3. He also gave me a pen and pencil that I lost in the process of getting the first two. I have work to do with the glove trick.
Ball #4 was a toss up from a Mariners pitcher on the CF patio who I could not identify.
Ball #5 was a ball that went under the overhang above the bullpens and bounced around the concourse behind for a scrum.
Back over in the CF spot of LF I came away with an unidentified Athletics player toss up, two caught homers with one from Matt Olson and a final scrum for Balls #6-9.
Some cool sights along the way.
Sunset on the Seattle port.
Wheels and mechanics of the retractable Safeco Field Roof
Felix Hernandez warming up pre game
Track for the retractable roof from way up
On Deck Circles in the open area behind the CF wall
Ken Griffey Jr memorabilia in the Seattle Mariner, Safeco hall of fame hall
Ken Griffey Jr memorabilia 2
Three game total-25