(Safeco Field - Seattle, WA) - The Northwest League All-Star Game festivities kicked off on Monday night at Safeco Field just moments before the Mariners welcomed the Toronto Blue Jays for the first of three games.
Players from both the North and South Division were brought out to home plate and announced individually as the best of the Northwest in front of more than 35, 000 fans set to enjoy the Blue Jays and RHP R.A. Dickey.
Players from Boise to Spokane, Tri-City to Everett tipped their caps collectively to the loca, fanbase that was largely made up from fans north of the border coming down to get a rare glimpse of the Blue Jays on the West Coast.
When the Vancouver Canadians players were announced, by far, the loudest ovations of the night were offered up from throughout the stadium making the eight players in attendance a little overwhelmed.
"I had no idea that the Blue Jays fanbase was so strong here in the Northwest," said Canadians RHP Jeremy Gabryszwski.
"That moment was amazing".
The Everett Aquasox, Minor League Affiliate of the Seattle Mariners has worked tirelessly to make this year's NWL All-Star Game a festive and enjoyable atmosphere for both players and fans - and if Monday's introduction to the week is any indication, the Aquasox have already knocked it out of the park.
The Everett AquaSox will host the first Northwest League All-Star Game since 2004. Gates open at 2:30 PM for the All-Star Fan Fest and autograph session. There will be live music, an All-Star beer garden, games, and more. The first 1,500 fans will also receive a limited edition All-Star Game Duffel Bag, presented by Tulalip Resort Casino.
Both the North and South division All-Star players will be signing autographs during Fan Fest, and fans are invited to watch both teams take batting practice. The NWL All-Star Home Run Derby, featuring nine of the league's top sluggers, will kick off at 5:30 PM before the league's top players take the field for the NWL All-Star Game at 7:05 PM.