Mariners to take on Astros at sold-out home opener Friday

SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners are ready to welcome back fans to T-Mobile Park for their sold-out home opener Friday.

The M’s will take on the Houston Astros at 6:42 p.m.

The employees at T-Mobile Park were busy on Thursday making final preparations for the home opener. Mariners director of grounds, Tim Wilson, has been working hard to make the field look its best.

“We’re just about ready to go, It’s always exciting to get the opening day logo out there. Because that means you know it’s game time. Baseball’s back,” Wilson said.

The pregame program begins at 6 p.m.

Mariners opening day is also the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier when he played his first Major League game with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Mariners and Astros players, managers, coaches, and on-field staff will wear Robinson’s number 42 on their jerseys in his honor.

The ceremonial first run around the bases will feature Make-A-Wish child 12-year-old Uriah Holmes of Auburn. Uriah lives with sickle cell disease.

The national anthem will be performed by rising Seattle guitarist, singer, and songwriter Ayron Jones.

Ichiro Suzuki, who will be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame in August, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Ichiro will be wearing a Mariners 2001 jersey in hopes of bringing good luck to the team.

All fans will receive 2022 season magnetic schedules.

Find more about the pregame program here.

The Mariners are hoping to head into their home opener with a little momentum after winning the game 5-1 Thursday night against the Chicago White Sox.

“Offensively, home runs were the name of the game today. Salvage something out of the road trip, and we’re looking forward to going home,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said Thursday.

Thursday’s win improved the team’s record to 3-4.