R.I.P. 2015 Seattle Mariners

Baseball

Today is the last game of the season for my Seattle Mariners.  A summary of this season was like finding out the homecoming queen wanted you to ask her to the prom but you ended up taking your cousin Thelma instead…who insisted her best friend Leslie come also…who talked awkwardly loud through her nose…who got car sick on the way…but didn’t tell you till it was too late…but in the end, like today, you’re glad it’s over.  These are our seats for one of the games we were able to go to this year, in section 235, GREAT seats!  We ate like kings– Garlic Fries, BBQ Nachos, the Mt. Dew flowed like water…got all kinds of free stuff like a bobble head, sunglasses, T-shirts, a head band (yes the kind that keep sweat from running in your eyes, popular in the ’70s)–my wife got a free sun hat and we had a blast at the game!  Only 4 1/2 months until Spring Training!

Hillyard Variety Store

Hillyard Variety

We lived in Spokane for awhile a couple years ago, and there was a store in the Hillyard neighborhood called Hillyard Variety Store.  It was a landmark in the area, mainly I think because the store was painted turquoise and obviously stuck out.  This sign has been around for thousands of years.  You could find anything at the store, kind of like a flea market in one place.  I got a metal lunchbox with Ichiro and other Seattle Mariner players on it.  I ended up giving it to my daughter for her birthday.

Wiffle Ball

Wiffle Ball 001Some of my best childhood memories were with this ball and the skinny yellow  Wiffle Ball Bat that came with it. It’s a plastic ball the size of a baseball, with 8 oblong holes around one side of the ball. It basically will curve wildly whichever direction the “holes” are and is a real challenge to hit. But you just can’t resist taking that challenge!  With it, you could pitch and win World Series games, strike out the best power hitters in baseball and blast game winning home runs while tens of thousands of fans went wild…all in the stadium of my mind…

We played it until the ball would literally fall apart, we would then play with electrical tape all around it and it then became “tape ball” until we could scrounge up enough money to buy a new ball…today there are leagues, from youth to adults and special stadiums that are replicas of famous ball parks like Fenway and Wrigley. And even Wiffle Ball tournaments and Championships. My favorite research was finding out that the state of New York proclaimed that Wiffle Ball, along with kick ball, freeze tag and dodge ball were considered “unsafe” and “a significant risk of injury” and any camp or youth facility implementing 2 or more of these unsafe games would result in government regulations…( I will save you all the 22 minute rant here about the foolishness of the “wise”, and you’re welcome.)

Wiffle Ball was great especially if you didn’t have enough people to play baseball, or you didn’t have a huge place to play. Night games were awesome under the lights (street lamps) and anyone’s yard could become a major league ballpark. I’m sure there’s an app available for kids today to experience all these great times growing up on their phone or something…

 

 

Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium

 

Baseball season starts this week! I love baseball, and although I am an avid Seattle Mariners fan, I drew Yankee $tadium for one of my friends who is a Yankee’s fan. (Being a Yankee fan is easy.) This is the new stadium that cost $1.5 Billion to build!  The first one was built in 1923 and to watch Babe Ruth play you could get a ticket for $1.10  That same ticket today will run you about $52…and no Babe…and if you wanted a hot dog back in the day it was a whopping .25 cents and today a bottle of water at Yankee Stadium is $5…times have changed obviously, but it’s still a game and what a great game it is! Go Mariners!

 

Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia

The World Series is underway between the St Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox. One of my favorite players to watch is Dustin Pedroia, second baseman for the Red Sox. I like him because every time I see him, his uniform is dirty. Either from playing in the infield or running the bases. I’m sure he gets dirty playing catch…He reminds me of Pigpen from Charlie Brown.  He doesn’t seem to take anything for granted and plays like every game is his last.  You can’t help but pull for a guy who was told he was too small to play and couldn’t do this or couldn’t do that by the “experts”.  Now, the experts are watching him play in the World Series.

1 Year Anniversary!

Mariner's PicThis is my 1 year anniversary blogging my stuff.  HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who have stopped by, those who follow and all of your encouraging words! THANK YOU! I have enjoyed forcing myself with a deadline each week.

Since this is my one year anniversary as a blogger and I love baseball and this is the last day of the season for me and the other 19 Seattle Mariner’s fans out there, I am posting this for us. (only 5 months till Spring Training!…and of course, NEXT year will be OUR year…)  I got to go to another Mariner’s game last week, we lost, still had great fun and food that’s probably not good for you and way overpriced, but I am in it for the memories! Thank you all again and I’m looking forward to sharing my doodles with you for another year.

Blessings to you all!

Ichiro

Ichiro

One of my all time favorite players is Ichiro. He’s a pure baseball player. Unfortunately, he played for the Seattle Mariners, my favorite baseball team, which means he hasn’t been on a winning team in over a decade!! But last July he was traded to the New York Yankees, and I was happy that he will end his career on a team that wins a lot. I drew this before he was traded and feeling sorry for the guy being stuck on a really bad team last year.                                         (If you’re wondering what his thoughts are in Japanese, it says, “Winning championships is overrated… I’m beautiful on the inside.”)