Friday, June 12, 2009

Mariners for the Modern Day

Thanks to Michal, we had awesome seats for the game last weekend. We went with our friends Irwin and Dawn to the Mariners' game on Friday evening. You'd think since I saw the whole game, I could remember who the Mariners played. But instead, I had way too much fun with a new feature at Safeco Field: the Nintendo DS.

If you haven't heard (and I believe Safeco Field is the only ballpark with this feature currently), you can take your Nintendo DS to the game for tons of fun. And if you're like me, and don't own one, then as long as you're one of the first 150 people to request a loaner, they'll let you borrow one for the duration of the game.

It was the newest model, which meant nothing to me. What I did enjoy was the fact that you can order food and beverages delivered to your seat, so you never have to get up and push your way out and back in. What's more, you could watch the TV broadcast as well as listen to the announcers, see what's playing on the big screen at the ballpark on the DS, and check scores and stats around the league. And that's just the start of it.

I've never had a baseball game go by so fast. The DS TV feed ran a little behind the live game, so I could watch the action, then by looking down after the play finished, get the instant replayby watching the live TV feed. They also had a pitch monitor, which showed you where every pitch went through the strike zone, so you could agree or disagree with the home plate umpire.

Since the light rail opens in 35 days, and Michal owns his DS, I have a feeling we'll be regulars at the ballpark soon.

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