meet up with part of the team as they make their way through
the upper level of Pike Place Market. The players are handing
out wrist bracelets and schedules to one and all. Some people
react with a Who are you? expression, but not
too many. It definitely seems like more people recognize the
Storm than not. The players talk to shoppers, kids and vendors.
Angie notices Katy surreptitiously putting schedules in the
clutches of crabs at one of the seafood. She slips away, hoping
that the vendor doesnt notice. He does, but leaves them!
Cool. She proceeds to do this at several seafood stalls.
Pike Place Fish stall (you know, the fish throwers?), Coach
Dunn gets called behind the counter and catches a fish on
the first try. Semeka tries to get a Go Storm
chant going and the black-hearted fish guy nixes it. He then
asks if anyone is here to buy fish and gets no answer. The
Simple & Sweet vendor, across the aisle from the fish guys,
is giving out samples of dried fruit to the players. When
Katy shows some interest, he gives her a big bag to share
with the team. Remember Simple
& Sweet (we will give free plugs to Storm supporters!).
of this part of the event is when Coach Dunn and Semeka get
on the pig and start singing Rocky Top, Tennessee.
Westlake Park. Once there, we meet up with the other half
of the team which had been walking down 5th avenue. The event
is held next to the fountain. It is festive with a balloon
artist, a juggler, the required Starbucks tent, and assorted
street personalities. Charmin plays hacky sack with some guys
off to the side shes not bad. The players roam
around the crowd (decent size) signing things, talking, and
dancing to the music blaring out of the sound system.
girl in a pink jumper attaches herself to Doppler and follows
him everywhere, she must think he is Barneys dopplerganger.
HA! The two of them start dancing with Simone. The little
girl stays with him during the whole event and goes up on
the platform while the players are introduced.
starts things off by introducing the final roster
for 2001. Juana Brown and Andrea Garner were waived on the
25th to get the roster down to this size. Juana was hurt and
couldnt compete for one of the spots. Who knows what
she might have been able to do. Andrea was a bit of a surprise
(at the time). She showed a lot of improvement during last
season, but the center/forward chase was very tight. Time
will tell. A man claiming to be Robin Hood keeps interrupting
until someone comes and gives him a hat.
Walker and Howard Schultz are in the crowd, along with the
rest of the Storm organization. The deputy mayor proclaims
Thursday, May 31st, the official Wear Your Storm Hat to Work
Day in Seattle, and has way too many whereas clauses
to the statement. And, wear your hat to work day? Whats
up with that? How about Coach Linn Dunn Day, or just Storm
Day (although we have way too many storm days as it is in
Seattle HA again). Anyway, it is a nice gesture.
is smiles. Free hats (for Hat Day apparently) are handed out
and there is a mini hat feeding frenzy for a few minutes.
The players mingle a bit more and then pile into minivans
and are whisked away. Yet another cool fan event.