No, no, no, YES!: Connollys have seen all three pitching gems at Safeco Field this season
I wrote a column for Friday's paper that included what a simple act of kidness from Felix Hernandez two days before his perfect game meant to a father and son. It inspired another father, Steve Connolly, to share an even more incredible father-son tale.
Get this: Steve and his 5-year-old son, Jameson, have been to seven Mariners games this season. And out of those seven, they've seen the two most significant events at Safeco Field this season -- both perfect games. And the father was in attendance on June 8 for the Mariners' six-pitcher combined no-hitter.
Here's Steve in his own words about this amazing luck:
I just read your article in the Times "Perfect Time" and I enjoyed the back story of the father and son who got the baseball from the King on Monday. Too bad the father didn't stick around on Wednesday! It inspired me to write you about the great luck my son and I have had this year with Mariners games.
My son, Jameson, is five years old and will be entering kindergarten next fall. He is a big baseball fan. I coached his T ball team this spring, and his Coach-pitch team for the YMCA this summer. The kid can't get enough baseball.
I started taking him to games a few years ago. Last year, he and I attended about ten Mariners games. He has seen seven this year. What may be remarkable is that he and I went to the April 21 Humber perfect game at Safeco, AND we were there on Wednesday afternoon when King Felix blessed the Emerald City with the first Mariners perfecto. If that wasn't enough (and trust me, that was plenty!), I was also at Safeco on June 8 when Millwood plus five no-hit my Dodgers. My son went to the second and third games of that series and actually cried after the Sunday thrashing (the Dodgers beat the M's 8-2 that day).
I am sure there are many of us who were in attendance at both perfectos, but I can't imagine that there were too many 5-year-olds at both games. In fact, I am guessing that my son may be the only 5-year-old EVER to witness two perfect games in one year.
While his knowledge of the game far exceeds his peers, I am sure that he doesn't REALLY understand how lucky he has been this year, but someday he will. I intend to frame our stubs with photos of us from the games. In a few years, I hope he will really appreciate what a great year we had in 2012.
By the way, we are going to see the M's play the Twins on Saturday night, so if you are a no-no chaser, you should be sure to tune in to the game. Based on this year's odds, there is a good chance for a no-hitter!
Incredible, huh? I mean, what are the odds? It's not like they're season ticket-holders who go to every game. The Mariners have played 58 games at Safeco this season. They've been to seven. They sure do pick 'em well.
Father and son at Felix Hernandez's perfect game on Wednesday.
Steve at the combined no-hitter.