Something special is happening at Safeco Field.
I don’t know exactly what it means, or how sustainable it is, or how ridiculously excited I should allow myself to become before the pennant race squashes my hope of a wild card berth. All I know is that the Mariners have won six games in a row, and they have done so in spectacular fashion, and I’m not going to learn from their snapped seven-game winning streak, I’m just not.
Tonight, Trayvon Robinson made a slam dunk catch down the left field line. Eric Thames shot a home run to the deepest point in the park. Michael Saunders launched two homers and drove in four runs. Kevin Millwood retired eleven consecutive batters. Tom Wilhelmsen put us on pins and needles in the 9th and emerged with a double play and a win.
It was a perfect night at the ballpark. It was a perfect way to begin this series. I’m doing everything I can to rein in hopes of contending for, well, anything at this point, but I’m going to enjoy this hot streak the Mariners are riding out.
Tomorrow, the King’s Court takes over Safeco Field. The first 34,000 fans (and you can bet I’m hoping for even more than 34,000) will receive limited-edition King’s Court shirts and a K card, both of which have been specially designed to commemorate Felix’s perfecto. Perhaps, unlike me, you haven’t imagined Safeco Field rocking with the cheers of a sold-out crowd, chanting Felix’s name and waving K cards in each other’s faces. Maybe that’s just a fantasy of mine.
Take a moment and picture it now.
Now go buy your ticket.
Next game: vs. Indians | August 21 | 7:10pm