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THE BLUEST SKIES

On one of our broadcasts in Seattle, Bob made a reference to a song Perry Como performed many years ago, “The Bluest Skies You’ve Ever Seen Are In Seattle.”
Hard to argue.  In four days there, we had a couple of brilliantly clear days…and the retractable roof was open for three of the four games.  Sure beats last year.

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Safeco Field is celebrating its 10th anniversary as one of the most beautiful of the retro ballparks built since Camden Yards opened.  Sure beats the dear, departed Kingdome.Safeco Booth.jpg

 

Joining Bob, Don Free and me was Royals fan Kevin Koopman (lower left).  He made the three and a half hour flight from Anchorage to see the Royals.  He saw Zack’s one-hitter.  Kevin grew up in Freemont, Nebraska and is a lifelong Royals fan.

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Looking back at part of downtown Seattle from the pier.  Breathtaking.  Of course the flip side are the dreary winter days (and spring…and fall…and occasionally summer).  But when it’s not cloudy, not many places in America are more beautiful.Seattle Market.jpg

 

 

 

At the bottom of the hill near Pier 66…is Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market. It’s more than 100 years old.Market Inside.jpg

 

 

 

It’s always crowded inside the market.  On rainy days it helps that it’s covered!Pike Place Fish Stand.jpg

 

This is the famous Pike Place Fish stand…where the employees throw fish.  Just my luck, no throwing fish while I was standing there.  You know what they say…people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw fish….not sure who “they” are…but seriously…View from Pier in Seattle.jpg

 

 

 

One more shot of the water from the pier.  Water, mountains, blue skies.  Nice place to visit…especially with weather like this!

 

Siberian Express

As the West Coast trip started for the Royals, things changed.  Time zone, city, division, etc.  One thing that didn’t change….WEATHER!  45-ish degrees for both games at Safeco Field in Seattle.  Beautiful city, beautiful ballpark, freezing weather.  So the Siberian Express (aka the Royals’ season so far) went from Milwaukee to Detroit, to Minneapolis (where it really wasn’t THAT cold), to KC and on to Seattle. 

It’s a pretty park, but with raw, cold, rainy weather, the roof had to be closed.  It’s an open-air park, so the good news is you don’t have rain delays.  The bad news is you can be very cold.  The Royals split the two games, winning Monday, losing Tuesday.  The only stop in Seattle all year, unfortunately…because it’s a great place.  So in my limited, chilled day-and-a-half in Seattle, here are a few images:

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Down the street from our hotel…Puget Sound…

 

 

 

 

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Just to prove the sun was shining very briefly in our all-too-brief stay in Seattle…

 

 

 

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Starbucks…..What a shock!  A Starbucks!  We had one right across the street from the hotel….that’s true at every hotel here, by the way.

 

 

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Roof closing…..Hey…that roof saves a lot of games.  Here it was closing prior to Tuesday afternoon’s series finale…

 

 

 

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Ballpark shot….Looking forward to seeing a sunny open-roof day here next season….but nice to know you’ll always start on-time.  Beautiful park.

 

 

 

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April 15th was the 61st anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut.  They etched his number on the infield dirt.  Trey Hillman, Luis Silverio, Jose Guillen and Joey Gathright all donned the number “42″ in Jackie’s honor.

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