Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 3/28/12
It’s baaaaaaaack! Opening day is just about here.  Unfortunately for local Seattle Mariners fans the season will start at 3AM.  That is a tough pill to swallow no matter how diehard of a fan you are.  However pulling an all-nighter to watch the M’s is a first time experience in the past 35 years. That fact alone could make it worth it to stay up late, for bragging rights of course. Here are five more things I’m looking forward to about the two games in Japan. 1.    Ecstatic Fans The Safeco faithful proved to be anything but this past season as attendance records were at an all time low in 2011.  Seattle fans have become jaded and cynical about their team and even about their beloved superstar Ichiro Suzuki.  People often criticize fans for cheering for the team at all.  It won’t be like that in Japan. Ichiro is bigger than cheeseburgers are in America, the Mariners are guilty by association, meaning we will see cheering like the 1995 playoffs.  That will be a nice change. 2.    ...
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