On Nights Like This, I Miss the Kingdome
On nights like this, I miss the Kingdome. I purchased tickets for tonight’s Mariners game against the Texas Rangers a few weeks back for a fundraiser. Normally, on 50 degree days and colder nights, if I’m going to watch my Mariners play, it’s from the comfort of my Lazy-Boy.
The drive in across I-90 was through several downpours of rain. My wipers went from intermittent, to low to high to “where’s the road now” and back again. We found reasonable parking not too far away and waited out a rain squall in the car. I have an app on my droid called Raindar, which shows the storms over a map. We waited until we saw it lighten up and made our dash to Safeco.
Once inside, we were under the retractable roof, a compromise between the concrete lid of the Kingdome and an open air field. The roof though does not stop the wind. The Kingdome was a comfortable 70 degrees year round. I attended numerous events there in the winter, mostly Seahawk games and it was not uncommon that you dressed warm for the walk there, but were overdressed once inside. Safeco was in the mid 40’s when we arrived. Hail was falling all around the Northwest. My Facebook was suddenly full of pictures that looked like winter as friends posted their suddenly white surroundings.
The only thing white we saw inside were a few baseballs hit our way during batting practice. Standing in dead centerfield while the teams warmed up, it was fun to track the balls and imagine catching one in my bare hands.
The game eventually started and we sat near the clouds, ok the roof since the clouds were technically outside. One row higher and we would have been as high as the stadium gets. I didn’t pick our seats; they were bought as a fundraiser for a friend’s son. The game itself was typical Mariner baseball. Get an early lead, leave a lot of runners on base and lose late in the game.
Don’t misunderstand, I love baseball. Safeco is as good a stadium as any in the league, a combination of old school style and modern convenience. Tonight was my first look at our huge video screen, the largest in baseball, it was great. I have many happy memories of my Mariners, but it’s been a while since they were competitive and I’d sure like to see some meaningful baseball being played in the fall.
I’ll be back for more as the season goes on; when it’s been warm and sunny and I can watch the sunset over the Olympic mountains out the west side of the stadium, but on nights like this, I miss the warmth of The Kingdome.
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