Travel Log: Seattle

Sunday, 22 May 2011, 21:48 | Category : MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL, NHL
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Earlier this spring, I spent some time visiting family in the Bay Area.  While site seeing, I drove by six different arenas, stadiums, and/or fields for teams from the four major sports but didn’t stop by to see any of them.  It wasn’t until it was too late that I realized the opportunity I unthinkingly passed up.  So when my wife and I decided to make a trip to Seattle I made sure not to make the same mistake.

Getting into Seattle, we went straight to Safeco Field for a tour.  It was just my wife, me, and another couple on the tour so we got special attention.  It was an hour and a half of a really neat behind-the-scenes look of Safeco Field, and it was only  nine bucks a pop so I strongly recommend you look into a tour of a stadium sometime.  We went into the visitor’s clubhouse and locker room, on the field, into the dugout, the special restaurant and bar for the high rollers, press room, press box, and private suits.

Some of these guys have degrees in groundskeeping.

As if A-Rod doesn't get paid enough, he gets two lockers as well. I know baseball players are really superstitous so I really hope we didn't do anything to throw him off for the series in Seattle this week.

The adjacent room has a keg of beer and other goodies in it. At the union requires that players get $100 per diem. Life must be rough.

Ichiro is very particular about his bats that he has a special holder so they never touch the ground.

Looks like I showed up for the wrong press conference.

 

You might recognize the guy third from the left in the back row.

The tour was great.  I wish the Mariners would’ve been playing while we were in town.  However, the next morning we ate breakfast next to players from Kansas City SC, the MLS team in Pike Place Market.  The next best thing.

That's Quest Arena in the background where the Seahawks and Sounders play.

I made Key Arena, which housed the SuperSonics, my first stop for NBA arenas.

It’s now my goal to visit every arena and stadium from every team in the four major sports (we’ll see if my wife is on board with that).  However, it would make it much easier if teams would stop relocating.

Lakers Breakdown

Wednesday, 20 April 2011, 15:48 | Category : NBA, Soccer
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If you were surprised that the Grizz and Hornets both upset the their opponents on Sunday, you’re not the only one. Here’s a cool video that breaks down what the Hornets were doing right and what the Lakers need to improve tonight if they want a shot at winning. This video is worth the 6 minutes it’ll take to watch.

And if you’re like most of the U.S., you probably get bored during soccer. Then this clip is probably for you.

Awesome Bicycle Kick

Friday, 11 March 2011, 18:54 | Category : Soccer
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Like soccer or not, you’ve got to appreciate this play.

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