While watching batting practice, waiting in line for food, or spreading out the blankets to keep warm for the home opener, Mariners fans could hardly wait to see Jaime Moyer throw out the first pitch and for the real game to begin. One of them was Mark Hart, 48, of Bothell, who is as faithful as Mariner fans come.
He’s sitting behind home base for his 15th Mariners home opener. The love didn’t quite catch on to his 12-year-old son, Mark Hart Jr, though. His son is fully dressed in Boston Red Sox gear.
When asked how that happened, his son said, “I’m a rebel, I guess.”
But, tonight, he’s putting his East Coast allegiance aside and rooting for the Mariners over the Astros with his dad.
Michele and Mark Hindrup rushed to the game from Olympia right after their kids got home school to take them to their first home opener. Claire, 11, and Jayden, 8 sported their Mariners’ best at the game.
Jayden says he can’t remember a time when he wasn’t playing baseball.
“It’s awesome! I’ve played baseball every single year of my life!” said Jayden, who plays second base and pitcher in Little League.
“I’d never miss it,” says Bruce Stapleton, 50, of Monroe said of home openers. He’s been coming to these games since 1977, the first year the Mariners played in the Kingdome.
Back home he’s still got tickets for opening days at Kingdome and Safeco Field.