It’s time again for the Blue Jays West Coast Home Games in Seattle, and you, East Coast friend, are missing out on the best place to enjoy a Jays game: Seattle, Washington, U-S-A! Compare this to your Rogers Centre experience:
Global warming has made retractable roofs a necessity; Seattle and Toronto get that. You know what else is a necessity? Grass. Real grass. And a full dirt infield. It looks better, it smells better and it plays better. Watch as Colby Rasmus dives for a ball and slides for a mile instead of landing with a thud. Hear Melky Cabrera’s meniscus cry for joy as he takes the field. Worry slightly less about Jose Reyes’ ankle!
All this and they have the guts to make their stadium look nothing like a toilet bowl. Bold.
Food and Drinks
You have over 50 beers to choose from when watching a ballgame at Safeco Field. Over 50. And the beer list changes with the seasons! More IPAs in the colder months, lighter beers in the warmer ones. I’m not confident Rogers knows there are more than 50 beers in this entire world.
The only thing more eclectic than their beer selection is their food menu. Along with ballpark classics you can dine on pulled pork nachos, chicken and waffle sandwiches, clam chowder (say it right), sushi, fried oysters, cheesesteaks, tacos and of course, everyone’s favourite, garlic fries. You don’t eat at Safeco because it’s your only option for 3 hours, you eat at Safeco because the food is delicious and the options are endless.
And here we have the best part of going to a Jays game in Seattle: the fans. 10,000+ Blue Jays fans take vacation time and road trip from all over B.C. Alberta and Saskatchewan for this series. Remember when you went on a Blue Jays centred road trip? How hyped you were for the game? Pre-gaming with the other random Jays fans you bumped into, starting chants with the 12 Jays fans in your section… Times that by ten thousand. Almost everyone in the park has been looking forward to these three games for months. People are excited and actually showing it. Last year I’m pretty sure I saw the extended Lawrie family giving out chest bumps and forearm bashes outside the main gate.
As I’m sure you can tell, the Mariners make the fan experience their number one priority to make sure you get your money’s worth. This includes opening the ballpark up two and half hours before the game so you can watch the BP show and yell for autographs to your heart’s content.
To my East Coast homies, here’s what I want you to take away from this: if you’re from the GTA and you take a vacation to go see the Jays play, it should be to Seattle. If you’re outside of Ontario (what up, Nova Scotia!) and you save your pennies to come to Toronto once a year to watch a Jays game, save up a little more and come to Seattle. This is the mecca for hardcore Blue Jays fans. Avoid the frat boys who come to the games just to get drunk before they go out. Avoid the carpet. Avoid the Go Leafs Go chants. Come enjoy real grass, craft beer, delicious food and your fellow kindred spirits who use their hard-earned vacation time to go watch the Blue Jays.
To my West Coast homies, don’t let this season get you down. There’s still Jose Reyes to enjoy and there’s no way they can trade Travis Snider in the middle of a game again. Let’s have fun, let’s be loud and if anyone wants to start a “HALL-OF-FAME” chant for Jose Bautista, I’m in.
Go Jays. Long live Safeco.
Image via Penalty Box Photography/Flickr.