The Tacoma Rainiers, a Triple A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, play at Cheney Stadium, which was originally built in 1960. In 2011 it received a major rehab, tearing down the roof, adding a complete new front that includes suites and a new broadcast area, new concession stands and restrooms, and dugout seating area. Seating is in plastic seats. When they put in the plastic seats they left an old section of wooden seats in the area around the statute of Mr. Cheney. Jim talked with Paul Michaels who did the sculpture of Mr. Cheney. His website is www.michaelsbronze.com. Check the gallery section. The Rainiers were playing the Tucson Padres and won 4-2. The box score was Padres R-2, H-4, E-2 and Rainiers R-4, H-10, E01. The field lines are RF & LF-325', RC & LC-350' to 385', and CF-a deep 425'. Michael Saunders is shown batting with Justin Smoak in the batter's box. Justin was on a rehab assignment and was then hit by a pitch in his first at bat. Tucson led 2-0 until the bottom of the ninth when the Rainier tied the game. In the bottom of the 9th Saunders hit a 2 run walk-off home run, which explains the mob scene picture. There is a grass berm and party tent down the first baseline and a four deck party area down the third baseline. The light standards are from the old San Francisco Seals stadium. Rhubarb, a reindeer, is the mascot. Army personnel from Madigan Army Hospital provided the Color Guard. Baseball friend John went to the game with us. You can see C-17 cargo aircraft in the landing pattern for McChord Field flying by. New logo in 2010.
Attractions
Tacoma Narrows Bridge - one of the largest suspension bridges in the world.

Point Defiance Park - has miles of woodland trails through old growth forest. Located in the park are Camp Six Logging Museum - a replica of an early-20th-century logging camp, donations; Fort Nisqually - the first outpost of the Hudson's Bay Co. on Puget Sound, Fee; and Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium - features animals from the Pacific rim area and a glimpse of the marine life of Puget Sound, Fee.

Washington State History Museum - offers an overview of the Evergreen State's past and present. Outstanding walk through and hands-on exhibits. Fee.

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