As avid Funko and baseball fans, it was a no-brainer for Karina Zavala and her family to treat Friday like a special occasion.
Zavala, along with her daughter, Vivian, 7, and son, Rome, 5, trekked up from their home in Kirkland to Funko headquarters in downtwon Everett for the exclusive release of the AquaSox Freddy Funko POP! figurine before lining up at the north entrance of Funko Field at Everett Memorial Stadium at noon for the limited edition Webbly Funko POP! that was handed out to fans before Friday’s home opener against Salem-Keizer.
“We love Funko and we thought it would be a great opportunity to watch some baseball,” said Karina Zavala, who added Friday was their first-ever AquaSox game.
The Zavalas were first in a line that stretched from the North gates around the locker rooms at Everett Memorial Stadium and into the parking lot.
New video board debuts
The AquaSox put the finishing touches on the new video board at Funko Field and it was up and operational for the home opener. The 20-by-40-foot video board is the largest in the Northwest League, according to a release by the AquaSox.
Perez Jr. joins AquaSox after hot start in Tacoma
Robert Perez Jr. was added to the AquaSox roster on Friday after a 19-game stint helping out Tacoma. The 18-year-old infielder posted a slash line of .250/.304/.469 for the Rainiers.
“Right now, he’s in the level he’s (supposed to be in),” AquaSox manger Jose Moreno said. “It’s been good for him, so now let’s see what he can do here in Everett. He’s really young. We have a lot of great young players here. So it’s just little by little, baby steps with him.”
Other Perez off to hot start with AquaSox
Miguel Perez was one of the standouts for Everett during the team’s seven-game road trip starting the season, with his .560 slugging percentage sixth amongst Northwest League batters and his .915 OPS 10th entering Friday.
“We have good expectations with him,” Moreno said. “He’s very young, he’s going to struggle, he’s going to fail, but in his first year in the states we’re trying to create a real good routine as a professional baseball player. Hopefully he has a really good season as possible to try to be better.”
Josh Horton covers the AquaSox for the Daily Herald. Follow him on twitter @JoshHortonEDH