Baseball opening ceremonies

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We went to see Seattle Mariners vs Baltimore Orioles at the Seattle Mariner’s ‘Safeco” stadium on Saturday evening.

The massive roof rolls closed to enable the games to continue in Seattle rain. Below, you can see it open in the early evening sunlight as the field is prepared for the game. Baseball games are a fabulous American ceremony.

Preparation of the field is like a dance involving

  • Mascot: Seattle Mariners use a person dressed as a ‘Moose’?! in slapstick style interactive antics.
  • Autographs: team members sign autographs at the edge of the field.
  • Overhead screens: play media clips of ‘bloopers’, games, and provide statistics.
  • Colours: Before the game starts the colours (National, State and Utility – e.g. firemen) are marched onto the field
  • Field preparation: the sand is sprayed with water, this appears like a tightly choreographed dance. The ‘lines’ are placed on the ground. Again this appears very ritualised
  • National Anthem: a guest sings the National anthem while the crowd stands.
  • Food: people walk up and down the isles calling-out the food types they are vending (popcorn, candy-floss, beer, lemonade). You catch their attention and purchase directly from them without leaving your seat. Alternatively you can walk to a huge walkway that surrounds the back of the stands and is completely bordered by food/drinks vendors.

This game included one minute of silence prior to the National Anthem to remember the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Essentially a shared experience, news system and re-inforcement of morale values.

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