|The new Dave Niehaus statue|
Meanwhile, Shannon drove the family to the game and texted me the location of her parking spot. I locked up the bike on the car rack and joined the game in the early innings. Since this is our last game for the season, we decided to take the kids to the Hit it Here Cafe, a restaurant overlooking Ichiro in right field. Unfortunately, the Mariner's lost to Dr. F's Texas Rangers, 7-6.
As a bonus, we got to see the statue of longtime Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus, which was unveiled on Friday. My oh my, it's fabulous. All who knew him say it is a remarkable likeness. What I like is that his score book (in bronze) is on the table and it is open to the game where the Mariners beat the Yankees in the 1995 playoffs on Edgar Martinez's 11th inning double, scoring Ken Griffey, Jr. with the game winning run. Dave was like everyone's grandpa in Seattle, a suburb storyteller who joined the Mariners for their inaugural season and continued through 2010 until his death in November. He will be missed, but his warm and lifelike statue is a great reminder of a wonderful broadcaster.
Here are some pictures from my ride.
|As you might imagine, I got lost here|
|Ah, that's better...|
|If you're in Seattle, visit the Museum of Flight|
|Starbucks corporate HQ is right down the street from Safeco Field|
|And finally, arriving at Safeco Field, visible in the center of this picture. The structure on the upper right is the retractable roof. The Columbia Tower, where I did The Big Climb, looms in the distance.|