One of my favorite things to do for the Herald is to cover an Everett AquaSox game.
The AquaSox are the Single-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. I’m the second string reporter for the Sox. Since our usual Sox reporter is unavailable (covering the Everett Silvertips, our Western Hockey League team that has turnedEverett into a hockey town) I got the call to cover the Sox for the next two nights.
Why do I enjoy covering the AquaSox? What’s not to like about watching baseball in a semi-nice press box!
So I thought I would blog as the game goes on…let’s start with…
7:45pm – My favorite part of the night. The free food order. I’ll be getting a chicken salad, chicken sandwich and my favorite the Nestle Toll House cookie ice cream. Yes!
7:53pm – A fan makes an outstanding catch on a foul ball. With his baby in his right hand and his glove in his left the fan stands up in his seat, times the ball just right and makes the catch. After a loud applause and attention the baby cries. The dad continues to smile.
Edgar Martinez is in the house. Edgar is a Mariners great who could become the first Mariner and first designated hitter inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame. My vote – if I had one – he’s a borderline Hall of Famer, probably will be voted in by the veterans committee. When he walked to throw out the first pitch the crowd gave him a standing ovation while the PA announcer played Edgar’s famous double down the left field line that scored Ken Griffey Jr. from first base in the 1995 ALDS versus the Yankees. The hit clinched the Mariners first American League Championship series berth and still gives me goose bumps when I hear Dave Niehaus’s call. I wanted to get an autograph something for my buddy Ian. Ian has a man-crush on Edgar (though he won’t ever admit it).
8:08pm – Food arrives!
8:36pm – Scarfed down my food in 20 minutes. What have you missed? Salem-Keizer put its second run on the board and takes a 2-0 lead.Everet tis currently battling back scoring three runs and taking a 3-2 lead. There is a pitching change going on after Tyson Gillies doubles off the left field wall driving home two runs.Everett scored four runs in the inning. They lead 4-2.
8:59pm -Everettg ets another run on Travis Howell’s home run to right. Howell tripled in his first at-bat, singled in his next and is now a double away from the cycle (single-double-triple-home run). Can he do it?
9:26pm – Salem-Keizer has cut the lead to 5-4. The reason? Because I’ve basically have my story idea and have started writing my story. Never fails! Here’s hoping the Sox continue with the lead.
9:40pm – Phew! Eddy Fernandez struck out the second out of the inning. Bases are still loaded after reliever Javier Hernandez got the Sox in trouble by a … crap! Loberg doubles to right driving in two runs. Volcanoes lead 6-5.
10:22pm – Game over. Sox lose 6-5. Crap! Now I have to interview a frustrated coach.
10:45pm – Done with my story. Not bad interview. Sometimes I wish I covered the team on a regular basis as I would have more information and background on the players rather than the bits and pieces I pick up from reading the morning paper. I’m going home.