The future is here again.
Twenty years ago, Ken Griffey, Jr. and the Seattle Mariners Marketing Department hosted one of the most memorable promotions in franchise history – meaning, since 1982, more fans than Gaynord Perry's 300-plus fans drew Victory two nights earlier – with Turn Ahead the clock day.
Rather than wearing retro uniforms like most Back Turn the Clock Day teams, the Mariners envisioned what things might look like in 2027. when they celebrate their 50th anniversary.
The Kingdome has been transformed into the "Biodome". A DeLorean drove actor James Doohan, who played Scotty on "Star Trek", to the hill to deliver the celebratory first pitch.
The mascot of the Mariners & # 39; Moose was replaced by Marty the Mariners Martian. Griffey was referred to by the Public Address Spokesman as "Number 24" instead of his surname.
Player positions were called quadrants. And the Mariners and their opponent that night, the Kansas City Royals, wore futuristic, non-zippable uniforms that helped Griffey, the Hall of Famer Center Fielder, design.
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"There have always been a few surprises," Griffey recently told The Athletic. "You never knew what would happen that night, it was like," Stay tuned. "
Twenty years later, the Mariners and Royals turn ahead will repeat the clock night when they turn meet on Saturday night at Safeco Field.
Royals outfielder Jorge Bonifacio certainly looks to the future
Bonifacio missed the first 80 games of the season while suspended a Major League Baseball suspension after testing positive for a performance enhancing drug in spring training  "I'm so excited to be back in the team," said Bonifacio, who beat 255 newcomers last season and completed 17 home runs.
Bonifacio beat .372 for Triple-A Omaha in 13 games before he was activated. He beat on the fifth Friday and went 0-for-3
"We are glad to have him back," said Royals manager Ned Yost. "He was swinging very well (in Omaha).
" I mean, the boy hit 17 homecomers last year. … Yes, he would hit in the middle of the order until it all came up. "
Bonifacio played in the left field to give Alex Gordon a day off, but he'll probably be in the right field on Saturday.
We'll move him, he'll play," Yost said play correctly, play something to the left. What difference does it make?
On the hill, right-handers Jason Hammel of the Royals (2-9, 5:34 ERA) and Felix Hernandez of the Mariners (7-6, 5:10) are looking for vintage appearances.
Hammel, who plays 15 games in 2016 won for the World Series champion Chicago Cubs, has lost four starts in a row – in which the Royals have scored a total of five runs.The graduate of South Kitsap High School near Port Orchard, Washington, is 3-3 with a 3, 53 ERA in eight career appearances against Seattle, including seven starts.
Hernandez, the American League 2010 Cy Young Award winner, is 6 -6 with a 3.15 ERA in 15 career starts against the Royals. 3 victory on April 10 in Kansas City, where he beat 5 2/3 innings allowing three runs and six hits.