A View from Home Plate

I’ve been to countless Major League Baseball games in my life, beginning with Wrigley Field in 1964 to see the Cubs vs. the Cardinals.  But I’ve never seen a game in the front row behind home plate.

Until last night.

Thanks to a local friend and colleague, who heard of my plan to visit all the MLB ballparks, a group of 12 – in town for today’s launch of Partners in Preservation and a National Trust Council meeting – headed out to Seattle’s  Safeco Field last evening to see the hometown Mariners take on the Oakland A’s.  Kevin told us the seats were great.  He wasn’t kidding.

On a beautiful cool evening we saw the Mariners top the A’s 4-2.  And when I say we saw it, we took it all in from the first few rows behind home plate.  You know the seats…the ones you see every night on television when the pitcher glares in on the batter.  I started out four rows back on the first base side, only a few bat-lengths away from future Hall-of-Famer Ichiro taking his practice swings in the on-deck circle.  The controversial Milton Bradley responded to a loud-mouth detractor sitting two rows away with a bases loaded, broken bat single in the 5th to tie the game.  By that time I had shifted over to sit in the first row on the third base side and felt I was in the action.  At one point I turned to my friend Camille and said, “That ball looked a little low”  and then I added, “And that’s the first time I could say that in a baseball game with any real authority.”  She laughed and said, “Yes, because we’re looking at the back of his knees.”  Indeed.

Safeco is an intimate park and – I can attest – a great place to watch a baseball game up-close.  To top it all off, the Mariners gave a scoreboard shout-out – and a great PSA – to Partners in Preservation.  Thanks, Kevin, for a terrific evening and for helping me mark one more stadium off the list!  With the combination of the up-close and personal seats, a tightly contested game, and the PiP PSA, I have a feeling my next game is going to be a bit of a let-down.

More to come…

DJB

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