The Seattle Mariners have hosted a Stitch and Pitch night at Safeco Field for nearly a dozen years. In fact, they were among the first Major League teams to celebrate knitters during the regular season. They even incorporated knitting into one of their hilarious team commercials. Now, every MLB team boasts its own Stitch and Pitch event, which has expanded to welcome men and women who crochet, quilt and enjoy other needlework. Maureen Atkins, the Mariners' Manager of Corporate Business, and Annette Millard, Marketing Manager for Pacific Fabrics & Crafts (which has hosted Stitch and Pitch Night since the beginning), shared how the idea came about, as well as what makes the event so much fun. Pacific Fabrics also supplied yarn and needles to the audience, and gave an impromptu knitting lesson in the New Day studio.

The Mariners' next Stitch and Pitch Night is Tuesday, July 28, when the team welcomes the Arizona Diamondbacks to Safeco Field. The game begins at 7:10pm, but arrive early to check out all of the displays and vendors. The first 3,000 fans will also receive a Pacific Fabrics Tote. Eisaku Noro, founder and yarn designer of the prestigious Noro Yarns company, is traveling from Japan to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. For more information about the game, plus a special ticket offer, CLICK HERE.