Friends, it has been a tough week in Mariners fandom. The Canó news, the atrocity of the game broadcast on Facebook, rain delays and doubleheaders and the road trip from hell, Cruz missing games with injury, and today is just a hard day, in general. The team is visibly tired, and yet has to limp through the remainder of this series before earning a precious off-day.
Tonight, though. Tonight could be a re-set. The Maple Grove will be out in force supporting Félix, there’s giveaways out the wazoo, Safeco should be packed and rocking. And there’s THIS:
+ + =— Safeco Foodie (@SafecoFieldEats) May 18, 2018
Celebrating James Paxton's No-No with us tonight? Get ready to have your mind blown—presenting the Big Maple Bar Hot Dog! For one night only, get a full-sized maple bar with a Mariner dog dropped in. Available at all Rolling Roof stands (while supplies last). pic.twitter.com/anqCt0t4lD
I will be in attendance at the game tonight, and for the good of the site, will be trying one of these. If the thread/recap does not appear, assume it is because I have descended into some sort of nitrite-induced mania.
Speaking of which, LINEUPS!
Well, okay. LINEUP. The Tigers, being a franchise put on this planet to annoy Mariners fans, have not posted theirs yet. I’ll try to update this but I gotta get to the ballpark so I get my maple-glazed cholesterol bomb before they run out.
EVERY OTHER TEAM IN BASEBALL HAS THEIR LINEUP POSTED, DETROIT.
Tonight the game is available on all the same bat times and channels, but there’s an interesting note: on the ROOT broadcast, they’re going for an all-former-player’s broadcast, with Mike Blowers, Dan Wilson, and Ryan Rowland-Smith. They did something similar for a couple of innings over Spring Training, but with Alvin Davis instead of Hyphen, and I swear I learned more during those two innings about baseball than I did in an entire season of watching broadcasts. It’s definitely an experiment worth checking out, and I’ll be listening to the broadcast over again after I get home. PLEASE, Mariners, make this a game that I won’t mind re-watching.