Baseball served a bit differently.
The other night Ken and I, along with around 25 other guests who had purchased the "opportunity" (to be named shortly!), met at MOHAI and promptly boarded a private coach to be driven to Cheney Stadium in Tacoma for the Rainiers' baseball game. Mikal Thomsen, husband of ARCS member, Lynn Thomsen, who is a major investor in the team and serves as the CEO. Mikal served a fantastic assortment of wine from his private cellar on the way to the game (including my personal favorite, a Walla Walla Cayuse 2005 Syrah). ARCS member, Nancy Mee, who co-chaired the auction this year, prepared lovely hors d'oeuvres including hand rolled cheese biscuits filled with honey mustard and Black Forest ham to stave off our hunger pangs on the way to the game. And of course, with the juxtaposition of wearing her foam reindeer antlers, Nancy passed out antique china plates rimmed with gold and antique linen napkins for us to use along with large wine glasses. Who knew bus travel could be so fabulous. Tres chic!
Cheney Stadium is a little jewel that seats around 7,500 people, though Mikal thought there were probably only around 3,500 in attendance. The Tacoma Rainiers actually won the game beating the Salt Lake City Bees 4-1. My favorite part other than the 7th inning stretch, and the rousing rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," was at the end of the game when families and children were invited out onto the field to run the bases. This is apparently something they do every Sunday night following a game. In all, I must recommend this visit to the Rainiers, it truly felt as though we visited a more innocent time in our lives. Most certainly a detour from the masses which pour inside SafeCo field, that is for sure.