MARINERS STUFF FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Christmas is just days away so if you still need to buy someone a present, perhaps you should shop for gifts at the Mariners team store, which is open at T-Mobile Park. Their products are also available on-line through the mlbshop.com.
There are many items worth getting, including Mariners jerseys with the names of Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, Felix Hernandez, Ichiro and others on the back. There are also great baseball caps, including some with the original M’s logo, plus many hoodies and t-shirts. There also are gloves, scarves, shorts, knit hats, pants, socks, towels, blankets, watches and even clothes for infants. They even have a Seattle Pilots cap.
You could also consider getting some fun bobbleheads, some of which also are available on eBay, Amazon and other sites. The bobbleheads are new and old ones, including current players like Kyle Seager, Mitch Haniger and Dee Gordon, plus former Mariner greats like Griffey, Edgar, Ichiro, King Felix, Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, Alex Rodriguez and others, including the Mariners Moose mascot. (My favorite is the Macklemore bobblehead with him wearing a Mariners jersey.)
Another possibility is books about the Mariners that are available on line (Amazon) or at local bookstores such as Elliott Bay, the U Bookstore and Third Place Books. One is the recent and very good “Edgar’’ biography by Edgar Martinez and the excellent Seattle Times columnist Larry Stone. There also is “Out of Left Field’’ which is very good and was written some years ago by the Art Thiel, a great columnist who now runs SportsPress NW.
And, of course, there is “Ball Four’’ by former pitcher Jim Bouton about the Seattle Pilots, whom he pitched with in their first and only season here 50 years ago. It is one of my favorite books ever (I have read it many times). Sadly, Bouton died this summer but the book is definitely worth reading.
You could also buy your friends some tickets for the upcoming 2020 season. The home opener is March 26 – the season starts earlier now -- against the Rangers followed by a three-game series with the Twins. The last home game is Sept. 20 against Cleveland (unless the Mariners make the playoffs for the first time in 19 years).
Another great place to shop is Ebbets Field Flannels, which is in Pioneer Square and has many caps and jerseys for all sorts of former and current teams, including the Tacoma Rainiers, the Mariners AAA team.
Or in addition to buying something for a friend or relative, perhaps you can just buy some things for yourself as well. After all, the Mariners stuff is a lot of fun.