Ray and I hiked from the Mayflower to Seattle's Light Rail line which runs to the airport and whose downtown portion runs underground. We arrived at Safeco field and hiked to our seats where we ran into the nice Canadian couple who had sold us their tickets. The Yankees being in town made for a large crowd and a lot of Yankee gear and a lot of Yankee fan's enthusiastic support for their team. Yankee warhorse Andy Pettite pitched masterfully, allowing 3 hits, one run, walking one and striking out 6 in 7 and 2/3 innings. it was beautiful pitching and though I am chairman of the Yankee haters club it made me sad that this was the last time I would see him pitch in person because Pettite was and is a great pitcher and a guy who will be missed by fans. The game ended as all Yankee games must. Mariano Rivera came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth to protect a 3-1 lead. He of course, got the the standing ovation he so deserves after his career and pitched a very Mariano like 9th. One out single, a strikeout for the 2nd out and Mariner slugger Raul Ibanez came to the plate as the potential tying run. Mariano threw 4 very close pitches that were not strikes Raul sensibly did not swing at and Mr. Mondesi trotted down to first. A Mariner rookie second baseman with a total of 10 major league at bats strode to the plate and was disposed of by Mariano in 4 pitches in dispassionately brutal fashion for a finishing strikeout. Another day, another save. I knew for sure this would be the last time I would see Mariano pitch in person and I joined the Yankee fans in their applause. Mariano Rivera is the best closer in major league history and I got to see why once again. Seeing the best of anything is always a pleasure and seeing Mariano deliver the goods one last time was a privilege. It was a routine game in the middle of a long season but realizing it would be the last time I would see a Mariano save in person made it a little bittersweet.
After the game we said goodbye to our Canadian gift giver who was a charming companion. Her husband told me as we left "She's pretty special, isn't she." And she was. It really was a great day at the ballpark We had boon companions, a warm day and got the chance to say good-bye to an all time great. I don't like it when the Mariners lose but it just didn't seem to be so bad today.
We took the light rail back to the Mayflower, waiting for dinner with Trudy
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