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The Brilliance of the King’s Court

I am all for new experiences: visiting that one haunted-looking house at the end of the street, riding on a novel roller-coaster, or watching the Mariners win six in a row. So when I bought a King's Court ticket to watch Felix take on the Angels on a beautiful Saturday night, I was more than excited.

The experience did not disappoint. From the moment I entered the gate, I noticed that the atmosphere was a bit different than typical Mariners games. Seeing crowds of people with matching yellow King shirts, it was hard not to get pumped. My friends and I promptly retrieved our shirts and K-cards and found our seats. The shirt matched my skin color pretty well, so that was cool.

As the game started, I wasn't sure what to expect from the King's Court. I remembered seeing fans on TV waving their K-cards around, but that was about it. I soon discovered that being a part of the King's Court had a psychological effect - we were no longer just fans, we were Felix's personal fan boys. This created a seemingly "intimate" relationship where we were directly invested in the game, and not simply a spectator watching from a distance. We were a part of the team and we were going to try and make an impact on the game.

When Felix got to his first two-strike count, the King's Court rose in unison and started to chant "K!" repeatedly in an effort to will Felix into a strikeout. This was something that I did not previously hear while watching the Mariners on TV or listening on the radio. It was exciting and almost scary at the same time - it reminded me of being at a Sounders game. When you can replicate the feeling of a Sounders game, then you know you're doing something right.

My black friend, who wasn't much of a baseball fan, asked why they kept on saying "KKK." He has much to learn.

My favorite memory from the King's Court was when Jered Weaver was pulled from the game - the entire section started waving "bye bye" to him. Think Richard Sherman and the Redskins playoff game. I loved it.

The one and only downside for me was that people would hold their K-cards up really high, right in your face. This is one of the few many times that I wished I was taller than 5' 7''. However, even that couldn't ruin the experience, and at some point you just have to sit back and laugh.

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In the end, the Mariners emerged victorious and I left satisfied. I have gone to dozens of games, but this was by far my favorite experience. The King's Court was a brilliant addition by the Mariners marketing team. The cost of t-shirts and K-cards are comparable to some of the other promotions they have, but the effect it has on the fans is unrivaled. For once, I truly felt as if I was a part of the team, and it felt damn good. I recommend that if you haven't yet, please go and experience this yourself. My non-baseball-fan friend even felt that the experience was better than OK -K! -K! -K! -K!

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