In case you weren’t paying attention…
— PadresKnowBest (@PadresKnowBest) July 2, 2014
Books evoke a time and place, although sometimes this can be misleading. For example, when I traveled to Seattle in June for the Vedder Cup, I bought a copy of Adam Gopnik’s Paris to the Moon. It’s a fascinating read that reminds me not of France or Earth’s satellite (neither of which I’ve visited), but of Bainbridge Island, where I bought the book.
Eagle Harbor Book Co. is a good old-fashioned bookstore, the likes of which once adorned San Diego–Burgett, Safari, Wahrenbrock’s, etc.–before yielding to an immense Seattle-based international online warehouse. On this day, a dog guarded the store (or at least the “used” section, which is accessed separately from the street-level “new” section) by sleeping in the hallway that leads downstairs.
Around the corner is a place to read rich words over rich clam chowder and local beer (3-T Rye Tripel, Troll Porter), with a serene view of the coast should you need a break from words, food, or drink. Harbour Public House even has a men’s restroom with signs on the wall like “We don’t serve women here, you have to bring your own.”
Last August, I was able to tour this beautiful country with my American Fiddle Rock band Lexington Field. After almost four weeks on the road we rolled into Seattle to play one of our last shows on tour. The city, the ocean, and just the overall atmosphere made me feel like I was home again. It was one of my favorite stops on the tour and it could be a place I would want to live someday. And now…I understand the rivalry!
The dreaded rivalry Major League Baseball has forced upon us. San Diego Padres vs. Seattle Mariners. I get it. Both are harbor cities. Both have a laid back attitude. Both have killer seafood. And both baseball teams have been breaking the hearts of their fans for years! When Houston moved over to the American League this year, Interleague play all of sudden became interesting. We don’t just have to wait for a few weeks in May and June, we get it all season long. They also established a rivalry week where a team is matched up with their “rival” for 4 games (2 home & away). From May 27 to May 30, the interleague rivals will battle it out. We will be fighting for the Vedder Cup (explained by many Padres blogs of the past). You need consistency to establish tradition. Making the leagues have the same amount of teams, adding a locked in rivalry week, and having a fair rotation of interleague contests, like the NFL, will help baseball market and strengthen these cross league rivalries. Read More…