It’s the national pastime of the national pastime. Before the first pitch of the regular season is thrown, fans predict what their team must do to win their division.
That’s what best friends Kenneth Elliott and Jack Haines were debating while sitting in their seats directly behind home plate, 18 rows back. The two Boeing employees have bought ticket packages since the 1986 season. They’re season-ticket holders now.
"I come out thinking every year that they could win the division," said Elliott, a 48-year-old Federal Way resident. "But there’s an injury here, an injury there. It’s a matter of staying healthy. But we have hope – I think they can win it."
And the two seemed to relish the atmosphere that accompanies Opening Day.
"I go a little crazy this time of year," Elliott said. "There’s March Madness and Opening Day. There’s a ton going on."