Root, root, root for the home team

June 6, 2006

L and I saw the Seattle Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals 4-1 at Safeco Field last night thanks to some free 12th-row tickets from our friend Mary. The game itself was reasonably entertaining, but I was distracted even more than usual by the musical interludes, which offered a few surprises amidst the typical organ ditties and rock anthems. When Raul Ibanez stepped up to the plate, the announcer’s pronunciation of “Ra-OOOL” was echoed by the howling “Ah-OOO” chorus of Werewolves of London. When Kenji “Jo” Johjima was at bat, we heard Jimi Hendrix’s Hey Joe. (Nothing like a good wife-murder song to spice up a family outing at the ballpark!) And when Johjima foiled a steal attempt by David DeJesus, we celebrated with a few bars of Been Caught Stealing by Jane’s Addiction. Clearly, the stadium DJ has an offbeat sense of humor.

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