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June 26, 2011 at 12:02 PM

The loneliest Mariners fan at Safeco Field

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Meant to point this out last night. Seated amid the cluster of fans in the upper deck at last night’s game was a lone, strong-voiced supporter of Miguel Olivo who kept trying to re-create the magic of Friday night whenever the catcher came up.

Unfortunately, he was pretty much alone. You can hear him right here by clicking this link.
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The chant for Olivo, borrowed liberally from the Wizard of Oz, was a big hit Friday night when the King’s Court was doing it. Olivo responded with a two-run homer.
Last night, with literally one guy carrying the load, Olivo grounded into an inning-ending double play in the eighth and the Mariners never came close again.
Is there a connection?
Perhaps. Perhaps not.
More importantly, do the Mariners need to have a specially-assigned section for fans to spontaneously let loose? Or are those seated in the general areas of Safeco Field capable of doing this stuff all on their own?
I’m curious about what you all think because, for the past 36 hours or so, I’ve had a lot of fans write in suggesting the M’s should expand the King’s Court to include more and more of the ballpark.
But then, once it expands, do you have a section? Or would the majority of the ballpark just be allowed to do whatever comes naturally? And is this the real problem we’re dealing with? Too much regulation? Or too many fans who just want to sit quietly and watch the game content with the seclusion of their innermost thoughts?
Just wondering how you all see it.
Believe it or not, many of us up in the pressbox do attend games where we sit in the stands, even if we don’t always write about it. I’ve paid my way into countless sporting events the past several years to cheer on teams here in Seattle and from my hometown and — in the case of the NFL — my adopted team from childhood. Yes, many of us writers have favorite teams that we cheer for and do have our own experiences as fans, without the pressure of nightly deadlines staring us in the face. I’ve also had the experience of sitting in stadiums around the country as both a fan and media member and do have my opinions about Safeco Field and the atmosphere there that some who have not been as fortunate as me will not always appreciate. But I’d rather hear opinions from you, the folks who have been going to games here all of your lives.
Do the Mariners really need to spread the King’s Court all across the ballpark? Or, will the lone Olivo chanter normally prove the exception rather than the rule?

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