The Seattle Mariners get a big win in their home opener against the Los Angeles Angels by a score of 3-2. Nearly 46,000 fans welcomed back Ken Griffey Junior Tuesday afternoon at Safeco Field. Griffey went 1 for 3 in his second debut with the team that drafted him in 1987.
Mariner's fans that packed into Safeco Field talked about hope and optimism for the season, and a belief that Griffey will re-energize the local sports scene.
Both young and old sported their Griffey jerseys for the home opener Tuesday. Neal Diemert hadn't worn his number 24 jersey since the late 1990's. "Second time I've worn it, once he left I never wore it again," said Diemert.
Before the game Tuesday, fans stocked up on lots of goodies outside Safeco Field. Vendors like Randy Stevenson from Seattle Sausage are banking on Griffey helping out his business after a dismal season last year.
"Increase ticket sales everybody will be down here trying to get a ticket and hopefully get something to eat to go inside with them," said Stevenson.
Tuesday's Mariners home opener was sold out again. After a monstrous standing ovation from fans, the kid delivered with a slapped single to right field.
Fans like Walt Miller believe Griffey's return to
Willy Rogers sported a Griffey shirt that had the player's picture and the word hope underneath it. He believes the veteran player could be the catalyst to help the team have a winning season.
"He'll make everyone around
him better. I think he's the hope for the whole team because, he's going to help all
aspects of the game," said
The Mariners continue their 3 game series with the Angels Wednesday at 7:10 PM.