ANAHEIM -- In addition to two series against playoff-contending teams, Mariners fans will have a couple extra things to look forward to in the upcoming homestand, including the unveiling of the Dave Niehaus sculpture on the center-field concourse at Safeco Field.
The Niehaus statue, which was constructed by sculptor Lou Cella at the Rotblatt Amrany Fine Art Studio just outside Chicago, will be installed at Safeco Field on Thursday, Sept. 15, the last remaining off-day of the season.
The sculpture will be unveiled for fans on Friday, Sept. 16, prior to the opening game of a three-game series with the Rangers.
The homestand also includes four games with the Royals this Thursday through Sunday, followed by a series with the Yankees next Monday through Wednesday.
Saturday's game against the Royals will be the annual tribute to the contributions of Latin American players. Seattle will wear jerseys that say "Marineros" across the front.
The Mariners will then join all of Major League Baseball on Sunday in paying tribute to first responders of the September 11th attacks with a National Day of Remembrance on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
About 3,000 tickets have been distributed to police, fire and emergency personnel and their families from around the greater Puget Sound area for that game. And members of the Seattle Police Department, Fire Department and EMT will be introduced on the field before the game and honored for their service to the community.
Among the tributes will be a reading by Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizzs of Jack Buck's "We Shall Overcome" poem, which Dave Niehaus recited during previous 9/11 observances at Safeco Field.