The Mariners have announced a series of tributes to Rick “The Peanut Man” Kaminski that will be unveiled at Safeco Field during their three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays, beginning Friday. Kaminski, a long-time Seattle vendor renowned for his behind-the-back peanut tosses, died Tuesday night at age 67.
Here are the events announced by the Mariners, in conjunction with their concessions provider, Centerplate:
–There will be a moment of silence for Rick prior to the performance of the National Anthem on Friday — approximately 6:35 p.m. because of the Sonics reunion taking place before the game. Fans wanting to be there for both occasions are urged to arrive early.
–Following the moment of silence, there will be a ceremonial toss of peanut bags in the stands in Rick’s honor by his fellow vendors.
–Rick’s name will be in the dirt behind second base.
–There will be a special recognition of Rick on the video board at the end of the first inning.
–Beginning Friday, and throughout the rest of the season, all vendors will wear the patch pictured above on their sleeves.
In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of peanuts at Safeco Field on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County. Fans will be able to donate through a peanut bag toss ($1 per toss) on the main councourse under the left-field bleachers, with proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Clubs. The Mariners will also make a donation through Mariners Care, their non-profit foundation.
Finally, an exhibition of memorabilia from Rick’s life and career will be displayed at the Baseball Museum of the Pacific Northwest and Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame at Safeco Field for the rest of the season.