Growing up a Mariners fan, I always had a dream to play in Seattle. When I started my professional career, I had hoped to someday play for Seattle, but I was just happy to be in the big leagues, period. Now that I'm playing for my home team, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
When I heard I had been traded to Seattle prior to the start of the season, the first thought that ran through my head was that it's going to be nice to come home. I love being able to play a game and go home to my house and family afterward.
Most of my friends and family were surprised, happily, that I got traded to Seattle. Heck, even I was surprised. But it was definitely a pleasant surprise.
I wasn't born in Washington. My grandparents moved up to Washington when I was about five years old, though, and the rest of my family soon followed. I've spent most of my life here, so I do consider it home.
I was a huge Mariners fan growing up. I remember always turning on M's games to see Ken Griffey Jr. and the rest of the guys. They were a big part of my life when I was younger, and now here I am, a Mariner myself.
I followed Griffey and Edgar Martinez a lot. Griffey and Martinez were my favorite players to follow. They were both really good hitters. Griff could play center field like no one else and he was amazing to watch out there. I can't even begin to list off all the fantastic plays I've seen him make over the years.
I made it to quite a few games at the old Kingdome. I really like the new park. It's beautiful. But I miss the Kingdome. I watched so many games there that I kind of miss it.
I can't really pick out one defining M's moment from growing up. I do remember the 1995 season when they came back to win the division from the Angels, though. That was really cool.
It's a little bit surreal looking in the mirror now and seeing myself in an M's jersey. I had always worn orange and black with the Giants so it's a bit of a change for me. But I look good in Mariner blue, so you won't hear any complaints from me.
I haven't been hit up too hard for ticket requests from my friends or family. It hasn't been a problem, but it probably will be in the future. I took the first part of the season to just settle back down here so it took a while for me to see everyone. Since then, the ticket requests have begun to increase.
Jason Ellison played parts of the past four seasons with San Francisco before being traded to Seattle on April 1, just one day before the club's season opener. He played 235 games with the Giants, including 131 in 2005 when he batted .264 with four homers and 24 RBIs.
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