TOKYO, Japan - “I remember wanting to watch every game on TV, even though there's 162, my family would be like, ‘come on there's a game tomorrow,’" said Aaron Polevoi, KXLY 5 p.m. Producer.
The Mariners were Aaron's first love; something not immediately understood by his mother, Lori.
"She was a very casual fan. She knew the stars who you would see on the cover of the paper, you know Felix, Griffey when he came back, and Ichiro through all the years."
But Lori's fandom changed in 2015 when she was diagnosed with cancer. During her extensive treatments, the Mariners became part of her daily routine.
"For her, relaxing was turning on a Mariners game and she almost turned into me, watching a game almost every night."
So when Aaron returned home last May, the two watched one more Mariners game together. The game: James Paxton's no-hitter.
"If you would have told me that day that she would pass away five hours after the game was over I would have believed you. It's really a special moment that I will always be able to share no only the last game we watched together they win, a no hitter."
Aaron inherited a little bit of money from his mom and wanted to use it to go on a vacation. And what better way to honor her, then making his first trip overseas to see their team play in Japan.
"She would be so happy that I'm doing this and so encouraging and the fact that I can go over there and watch them in her memory with her with me, I'd like to think if she was still here she would be making this trip with me."
So early in the morning Aaron Polevoi will be in the stands in the Tokyo Dome watching former Gonzaga Bulldog Marco Gonzales take the mound in the season opener. And although he will only be thinking of his mom, he won't be alone.
In a special video for Aaron, Marco Gonzales told him that the whole team is behind him and is so thankful for sharing the beautiful memories of his mom with them. You can watch that video above.
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