We interrupt the blog postings of our summer vacation trip to share the announcement that The Mariner's will be opening their 2012 season in Japan!! Yeah!! See these links for more information:
English: Official Mariner's announcement.
By the way, Toby has contacted The Mariner's Baseball Club to see if they need any assistance while in Tokyo. With his experience, both in Japan and with the club on 2001, it seems like it would be a natural fit for him and the team. Fingers crossed that he gets a call or email asking for his help. Regardless, Maiko and Toby are already planning a trip to Tokyo in late March to see Ichiro and the 2012 M's. Anybody else want to join us?
For nostalgia purposes, here are a few scanned pictures from Toby's 2001 season with The Mariner's.
From left to right: Toby & Chichiro (Ichiro's father), Adam (Toby's friend), Ichiro and Toby, Toby & Ichiro's parents.
Toby was able to assist Ichiro's family, including his older brother, Kazuhiro, quite a few times when they visited Safeco Field that season. It was both a pleasure and honor to assist them and be called on as someone they trusted. Good times!!