The Mariners have in all probability played hundreds of rainy, gray Monday night time games in opposition to the A’s. The roof looming overhead like an enormous spaceship, the crowd dedicated or foolhardy, dampness shimmering in the lights. There’s no feeling in gatekeeping fandom – no make a difference how dire the team’s fortunes get, we’re never ever really battling for lifestyle rafts to escape a sinking ship – but these grim, sloshy game titles are what legitimate Seattle baseball is to me.
At initial glance, there’s no glamour to the rain. Cold seeps into your reliable clothing, but not like the athletes in motion on the field you’re nevertheless in your seat. Any incredibly hot beverage you may purchase is of course overpriced, and transitions from undrinkably very hot to lukewarm within seconds. By the time you totter down to the workforce keep in defeat, there is no quantity of fleece blankets you can acquire that will heat you fully.
But there’s one thing special about these dismal weekday settings. Some evenings we’re blessed, and they earn the video game. Some evenings the engage in matches the weather, and we trod dejectedly property as a result of the puddles. Or you get tonight, exactly where the pleasure shines brighter than pinpricks of sun off the Columbia tower, or Mitch Haniger’s smile right after his 37th (and next of the activity) household operate.
There is an simple magic to these video games. An fundamental recent that runs by the park, humming with the opportunity for one thing special. It’s specifically true for these late-year game titles, where by the roof tucks you in and you and 11,167 of your closest close friends cozy together in pursuit of playoff rivalry. There was a intense solve to tonight’s game, from the to start with pitch Chris Flexen threw to Matt Andriese’s closing strikeout. It is a PNW defiance of the seasons a refusal to give up summer months, to acquiesce to Tumble and to soccer. There is still baseball to be experienced in this town, the Mariners roared.
There are nonetheless games left to perform.
(Information me on Twitter (@95coffeespoons) if you’re there on Friday. Initially (or 2nd, or third), drink’s on me. Thanks for driving this nutty season out with us.)