After breakfast with Tim & Chris at Louisa's, I walked down to Safeco through the few blocks of americana that surrounds a ballpark. Entire snack and clothing industries thrive happily in the shadow of professional sporting arenas, fed by the airport+ crowds. But I think that baseball crowds have an especially wholesome feel. Maybe it was the postcard blue skies or the Sunday afternoon components.
Even though the Mariners aren't very good, the stadium was relatively full. In a way it's nice that they aren't so popular that it's possible to get walk-up tickets in the hour before a game. I doubt that the mix of un-abandoned seats and easy ticketing will continue indefinitely if the team continues to suck. It's not as if they're the Cubs or that Safeco is Wrigley.
Anyway, as far as I'm concerned sitting in the shade, migrating to the sun, not singing "God Bless America," ignoring the animated boat race,1 and occasionally paying attention to a losing ballgame is a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Especially when it's followed by a stroll through an unusually clean Pioneer Square plus gelato?
(1) seriously. what is wrong with people? the "boats" are sponsored and they have "records."