This would be a homecoming for the Seattle native and childhood Seattle Mariners fan
Blake Snell was born in Seattle and was raised in Shoreline, which for those who are not familiar with the area borders the City of Seattle in the north. Snell was committed to play for the University of Washington (but elected to go pro after being drafted by the Rays) and still resides in Shoreline in the offseason.
He clearly still loves the Pacific Northwest but how about playing in Seattle? He has been outstanding in his career against the Seattle Mariners with a 0.81 ERA in 22.1 innings pitched and in his one start in Seattle he pitched 6 innings, letting up 2 hits and 0 earned runs.
In high school at Shorewood High School, he dominated the competition under a coach that fellow Sodo Mojo expert Ryota Nishino also played for. In his senior year, he had a 1.00 ERA, a .116 opponent BA, and 118 strikeouts in 56 innings pitched.
Snell grew up in a bedroom with Mariners’ paraphernalia as a huge fan of the team and went to Safeco Field to watch his favorite team many times as a kid. I would have to imagine that it would be like a dream for Snell to be able to come home and help his hometown win their first World Series.