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Posted on: April 14, 2009 2:18 pm

Needle News: Opening Day for Safeco

SEATTLE, WA -- Alright, Seattleites, it's time for my post-college basketball hiatus to end and baseball season to get in full swing.

Nobody really expects the Mariners to do much this season, and that is reflected by their record of... wait, what? Five and two? With a sweep of the A's? Dang, nevermind, then.

Current record aside, though, the season is still young. The Mariners will be taking on a favorited Angels team for their home opener, which starts at 3:40 this afternoon. Don't expect any miracles.

The Mariners are currently in the bottom half of their starting rotation, which should be acknowleged as their worse half. Carlos Silva has yet to show us anything, Ryan Rowland-Smith had a horrible day against the Twins last week, and those two are you starting pitchers today and tomorrow, unless I am mistaken.

Silva could surprise us, or the bullpen could save us, but I just don't see the Mariners pitching winning this one. The key will be the bats. If the M's come out swinging, they could outdo the Angels in an offensive battle.

In other related news, Safeco Field will be bringing back my favorite ballpark service, the Nintendo Fan Network. Not only that, but last year's fees associated with this service are gone. There will be 150 DS consoles for the first people who ask for them, provided you have a credit card, and they are free as long as you return them. The software that you can download for your own DS no longer costs 5 bucks, but is freely availible to download at certain stations in the stadium. You can use the software to order food right from your seat and have it delivered to you, watch live video feeds from the nosebleed seats, and view closed-captions for the public service announcements. They can also be used as a radio if you have a pair of headphones. I'm really excited about this service, unlike most of the Mariners-related news. If you're heading out to the ballpark today, I recommend getting there early and grabbing yourself a loaner DS.

Moving on to basketball. The Oklahoma City Thunder (a name usually banned from this blog) played the Trailblazers last night. The 'Blazers dominated throughout the whole game and won, 113-83. That's a 30 point margin, folks. You don't see this everyday in professional basketball. Oh, wait, you do, because of the Thunder. That team is horrible. I'm almost glad we kicked them out before they gave us another stinker of a season.

So there's what you need to know for Tuesday. I hope you all have your tickets for today's game. I don't, since they sold out a while ago, but I'll be at the park in spirit.

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