SEATTLE -- Even though there’ll be no fans at T-Mobile Park for Friday’s 6:40 p.m. PT Mariners home opener against the A’s, there’ll still be a pregame ceremony starting at 6 p.m. that will be carried live by ROOT Sports.
Players will be introduced as always by stadium public-address announcer Tom Hutyler, and there will be a special musical performance by Ben Gibbard, the lead vocalist for Death Cab for Cutie and the Postal Service.
The national anthem will be performed by Madisen Hallberg and Emmanuel Henreid, who shared a viral moment while singing the Star-Spangled Banner for Portland State University’s virtual graduation ceremony.
The traditional First Run Around the Bases was videotaped recently at the empty ballpark. It features a 6-year-old from Snohomish, Wash., named Lily, a Make-A-Wish child dealing with a rare immune disease called Langerhans cell histiocytosis.
A virtual game ball will be passed along by a chain of healthcare workers on video, with the actual ball being given to Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who will be on the mound at T-Mobile Park to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The ceremony will conclude with manager Scott Servais speaking live from the dugout, thanking Mariners fans for their continued support while watching from home.
The opening homestand will be 10 straight days, with four games against the A’s, three against the Angels (Aug. 4-6) and three against the Rockies (Aug. 7-9).