How vain it is to sit down to write when you haven't stood up to live?
Mariners doing it BIG in 2013. The Seattle franchise will debut Major League Baseball’s largest high def screen this spring, measuring in at 56.7’ high x 201.5’ wide. More info via KREM below:
For those who want to geek out on the specs, the Mariners write:
The new Panasonic HD video screen will combine 1080p x 3840 screen resolution and Surface Mount LED technology, which uses more pixels and therefore produces higher quality images. Paired with the latest ANC Sports VisionSOFT operating system, Safeco Field’s new video screen will have image quality that is superior to broadcast HD signals. VisionSOFT is the first 64-bit operating system in large format live event display.
“1080p live sports is an experience unavailable in ballparks or to home viewers until now. It’s like the difference between normal HD programming and a Blu-ray disc, except displayed on an enormous scale. You’ll be able to see details like blades of grass and the texture of the infield dirt. Fans will be amazed when they see it,” said Dave Curry, Seattle Mariners Vice President of Technology.
The Mariners said the video screen and other production upgrades are part of an estimated $15 million maintenance and capital improvement plan for Safeco Field. The Mariners said it has invested over $80 million in the ballpark since it opened.
The Mariners open the home schedule April 8 against their new division rival, the Houston Astros. In addition to the video board, the outfield walls are being moved in with the hopes of providing more home runs at the stadium.
In light of Ichiro’s ninja slide last night, here are a few other legendary baseball jukes:
The first three speak for themselves. Clearly. Little man deserves some props too with this shake n’ bake move Nothing spectacular, but I must applaude the effort. Kid got robbed And finally, what NOT to do:
Unbelievably awesome read on the strange trip of Dock Ellis. No footage has ever surfaced, so this is as close as you can get to reading/listening about the epic no-hitter thrown by the Pittsburgh Pirate while he was off in his own world, tripping on the psychedelic drug LSD from the airplane read to the final pitch. Unreal.
I didn’t see the hitters. All I could tell was if they was on the right side or the left side. The catcher put tape on his fingers so I could see the signals.
Crown ‘em! King Felix just threw a perfect game for the Seattle Mariners, the first in franchise history, just the 23rd EVER in MLB.
[image via Deadspin—thank you, they are always on top of their shit]
56. Paying homage to one of the greatest hitters of all-time, and the greatest streak in professional sports history. Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak ended 71 years ago (yesterday). No man will break down that wall. Only ten hitters have ever surpassed 35.