Seattle Mariners players have picked out their "favorite things"-from movies, music, snacks and hobbies-thrown in a trove of autographed items, and are offering them for auction on Friday, August 21, during the Mariners vs. Chicago White Sox game at Safeco Field. Proceeds will benefit Mariners Care, the team's non-profit foundation.
Mariners Wives have assembled baskets, duffle bags and other containers with items personally selected by the players. The baskets will be on display during the game near Section 128 on the Main Concourse at Safeco Field. Silent bids will be accepted from the time the gates open through the end of the 6th inning.
American League Pitcher of the Week Hisashi Iwakuma's basket has a bag of his favorite organic granola (Island Vintage, from Honolulu) and a "cube pack" of premium rice from Echigo Farms in the Aga region of Japan's Niigata Prefecture. There is also a stuffed bear (Kuma means bear in Japanese), home jersey, kid-sized primary cap and Sunday alternate cap, one of Iwakuma's gloves, a pair of his cleats and a warmup jacket, all autographed.
Pitcher Felix Hernandez's has a number of autographed items including a 2015 home jersey and cap, glove, baseball, King Felix bobblehead and a bottle of Regusci Patriarch estate grown Red Bordeaux blend wine from the Stag's Leap district of Napa Valley. His basket also includes a pair of Hernandez socks, a Mariners travel mug with Starbucks card and a $100 gift card to Morton's Steakhouse.
Robinson Canó's basket includes an autographed bat, baseball, bobblehead and a bottle of Armand de Brignac champagne, also known as Ace of Spades.
Proceeds from the auction of the Favorite Things baskets will benefit Mariners Care, the team's nonprofit foundation which supports primarily youth-oriented charities throughout the Pacific Northwest. Mariners Care, in partnership with the team's corporate partners, has provided $15.8 million for regional charitable programs and causes since 2000.