September 9, 2004
Mariners vs. Indians, 9/8/2004
All-Time Seattle Mariners Home Run Leaderboard, before games of 9/8:
All-Time Major League Single-Season Hits Leaderboard, before games of 9/8:
42. (tie) Ichiro Suzuki, seven others, 227
Ads visible from seats at Safeco Field: 43*
Umpires enjoying smokeless tobacco while on the field: 1
Mariner starting first baseman: Willie Bloomquist
Elapsed time between moving from Row 2, Seat 5 to one of four empty seats at Row 1, Seat 2 and being approached by Safeco Field usher and asked for ticket: 15 seconds
Pitches by Cha Seung Baek before first Indian runner crosses plate: 14
Number of true clauses in announcement "You know him, you love him, he's the Mariner Moose": 2***
Listed height of Indians left fielder Matt Lawton: 5'10"
Edgar Martinez home run #1 (career #307): first inning, sixth pitch on a 3-2 count from Cliff Lee, two outs, none on
Edgar Martinez home run #2 (career #308): third inning, fourth pitch on a 1-2 count from Lee, one out, Ichiro scores
Plate appearances by Willie Bloomquist: 3
Batters faced by David Riske: 3
Matchups between Riske and Bloomquist: 0
Dance club version of "Cotton-Eyed Joe" played before ninth: yes
Pinch-hitter for Jose Lopez in the ninth, down 9-5: Greg Dobbs
Pinch-hitter for Bloomquist, 9th: Jeremy Reed
Reed's 2004 rank on BP's Top 40: second
Plate appearances, Indians: 47
All-Time Seattle Mariners Home Run Leaderboard, after games of the 8th:
1. Ken Griffey Jr., 398
All-Time Major League Single-Season Hits Leaderboard, after games of the 8th:
1. George Sisler, 257
Projected season hit total for Ichiro after games of the 8th: 269
*Does not count ads displayed on electronic scoreboards. Rotating scoreboards are counted as one space. Mariner insignia and the Safeco name are not counted. Concourse advertisements visible from seats are not counted. Advertisements above broadcasting booths may vary: on the eighth there were four, which is the highest number a fan should see during a regular-season game. Advertisements and logos in the dugouts visible from seats, such as the New Era logo at the back of the dugout, were not counted.
**Counts any product placement during between-inning promotions (for instance, the Hydro races feature three corporate sponsors and the race is sponsored, for a total of four plugs). Simultaneous video screen and PA plugging of one product was only counted once. Ads for the Mariners, tickets to upcoming home games and the Mariner team store were not counted, except when sponsoring a computer-generated graphic representation of a Hydro. Bizarre non-ads, like showing the Ameriquest logo (a bell) and playing a bell sound at the end of every inning the Mariners score, once for each run, is counted per video cue and not per audio cue.
***Value may be as low as one depending on perception of the listener's relationship with the Moose and interpretation of the term "know". Does "know" mean "to know of"? Then almost every fan would reply that they did. Does know mean "understand deeply, to feel empathy for and kinship with"? Every fan would likely answer in the negative. Does "know" mean "know" in the biblical sense? In that situation...but no, we don't want to know. In this case, to be entirely clear, I am aware of the existence of a team mascot called the Mariner Moose, do not love the Moose, and "he" is indeed the team mascot known as the Mariner Moose.