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I had the good fortune (and deep pockets -- thanks so much, ticket resellers) to attend games one and two of the ALDS at Rogers Centre. I've been to a lot of baseball in that ol' barn -- my personal record was 66 games in 2003 -- and Bauxites, nothing came close to this in terms of noise. Sure, opening day and Mr. Sub gym bag day had sold out crowds, but they were never into watching the ballgame. This was something entirely different, and amazing.

I was also fortunate to be able to take my dad to game one and my oldest son, who attended thirty or so games as an infant in 2005, to game two. We sat in the finest cheap seats in baseball, one section removed from the Cheer Club's beloved 518.

Here was our view. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

The best of luck in the ALCS, gentlemen.

Hello, Bauxites. I made you something stupid:

Your pal,


This episode of 10 Photos looks at the only good thing that happened in Safeco Field Monday night.

Jose Bautista settles into the batter's box against King Felix, aka Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, with two outs in the top of the third inning. Behind the plate for Seattle is Mike Zunino.
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The Vancouver Canadians wrapped up a three-game series in Everett Thursday night. Today's POTD looks at the rubber match between the C's and the AquaSox, an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners

Webbly, the AquaSox mascot, seems to look dejected as his club got off to a very slow start in this one.
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While our neighbours celebrate the fourth of July, today's POTD looks back at the Canada Day match-up between the Vancouver Canadians and Salem-Keizer Volcanoes at Nat Bailey Stadium Tuesday afternoon.

Tim Locastro singled, stole second base, rounded third and scored the first run of the game on a Franklin Barreto single.
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This edition of the POTD focuses on Wednesday's game between Vancouver and Salem-Keizer, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, at Nat Bailey Stadium Wednesday night.

Canadians third baseman Ryan Metzler gets under a pop fly from Volcanoes leadoff hitter Tyler Hollick in the first inning. Franklin Barreto backs up the play from short.
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Canadians owners Jake Kerr (left) and Jeff Mooney unveil the 2013 Northwest League championship banner with help from the Amherst Little League baseball club prior to the home opener against Spokane.
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The Vancouver Canadians evened the Northwest League Finals at one game apiece after beating the Boise Hawks in Game 2 at Nat Bailey Stadium Sunday afternoon.

Mitch Nay takes a lead from first base after his RBI single in the first inning scored Chaz Frank with the game's first run.

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Today's POTD looks at the regular season finale between the Canadians and the Volcanoes in 2013.

C's shortstop Dawel Lugo tries to hold the Sam Eberle close to second base in the fifth inning but Eberle would eventually score the game's first run.
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The Vancouver Canadians were looking to keep their first-half playoff hopes alive as they opened up a five-game series against the Eugene Emeralds an affiliate of the San Diego Padres Thursday night at Nat Bailey Stadium.

Jeremy Gabryszwski warms up in the bullpen. He would pitch 5 2/3 innings for the win, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts. His ERA "swelled" to 1.13 on the season.
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