When I was little, I was friends with a Russian girl named Anka. I only went over to her house once. It was around Easter. I remember because her mother was painting hollow eggs. They were delicately beautiful. It was a Russian thing, my mom said.
Since then, I’ve been acutely aware of the fact I didn’t have a culture. It hardly seemed fair. The Irish have their whisky and the French their wine. Italians make pasta. Asians create sweet/salty bursts of heat. Even Southern folk have mint juleps and fried chicken.
Then a few days ago, it occurred to me: my family does have a culture. We’re a peanut-from-the-shell crowd. We’re a dinner-by-first-pitch clan. We’re a heckle-the-visitors, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” singing, “Louie Louie” dancing pack. Our year begins in April. Our mourning starts in November. We are baseball fanatics. We are Mariners fans.
Even if your mood isn’t determined by wins and loses on the diamond, I believe everyone enjoys a ball game now and then. These next few Saturday Steals are dedicated to Mariners baseball. Stadium fare prices have become preposterous. So, if you’re headed to the ballpark, you won’t want to miss these budget-friendly alternatives.
Perhaps I should save the best for last, but hell. Let’s start the money saving off with a blaze at Blazing Bagels. Located WITHIN Safeco Field (yes, you read that right), Blazing Bagels sells their complete menu selection at regular prices. How does this work? They have the only retail location attached to Safeco Field, complete with a small walk-up window within the gates. Enter through the outfield entrance on the corner of 1st Avenue South and S Royal Brougham Way. Before going up the steps, walk to the far right. You’ll find a small walk-up window.
$1.96 – Bottled Pop
$1.92 – Fountain Soda
1250 1st Ave. S F04A
Seattle, WA 98134
Monday – Friday: 7am – 3pm
Game Day (open for all Mariners games and other events)
Monday – Friday: 7am to ½ hour after game ends
Weekends: 8am to ½ hour after game ends