A busy Saturday around Safeco Field

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WEED WEED — As I work my way north from Tucson to Seattle, I turned on the computer this morning and noticed an email that pointed out some important information regarding Saturday’s 1:10 p.m. game against the Indians at Safeco Field.

Because of the annual Seafair Torchlight Parade and Run through downtown Seattle that evening, the City of Seattle asked the Mariners to play a day game, which was done.

The Sounders schedule was announced several months after the Mariners announced the 2009 schedule. The Sounders start time was set by the MLS at noon because it is being televised by ESPN, and can’t be changed.

The Mariners asked the City of Seattle if they wanted their start time changed,  but because of the Torchlight Run and Parade, requested the 1:10 game time remain the same. What it means, of course, is that traffic and parking will be a challenge for fans coming to either event.  In addition, because of the start time, FSN Northwest is not able to televise the game because it is during the national exclusive “window” for FOX Saturday Baseball.

So there you have it.

Meanwhile, the first part of the drive — an 11 hour, 36 minutes trek from Tucson to Santa Nella, Calif. — was long and uneventful, except for the fact that the temperature gauge in my car reached 100 degrees as I neared Gila Bend, AZ and stayed in triple-digits the rest of the day and evening. It peaked at 109 degrees near Palm Springs. Even the rattlesnakes must have been thirsty.

The agenda calls for golf today at the foot of Mt. Shasta (Lake Shastina Golf Resort is a fabulous place). Played nine holes yesterday afternoon and, as usual, no birdies or eagles — but neither did my playing partner “Noodles”, my old junior college baseball roommate on road trips. He went on to become the national PE Instructor of the Year several years ago.

Well, time to rise and shine. Will check in later and let you know how many birdies (haha) I get.

A fabulous round of golf has concluded — with one birdie! — and an 89 on a 97-degree day. As you can tell by the above photo, the course and surrounding area, such at Mt. Shasta, is extremely scenic. Next stop: Dorris (pop. 1,000 or so).

— Jim Street

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