A 108-year-old woman is going to throw out the first pitch at Saturday’s Mariners game

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Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News-Tribune reports that a 108-year-old woman, Evelyn Jones, will throw out the first pitch at Saturday’s Mariners-Angels game.

When she does, Jones will become the oldest person to ever throw out a ceremonial first pitch. The previous record holder was 105-year-old Agnes McKee, who did it last July in San Diego.

Jones was born in 1907. Here’s what else happened in 1907:

  • The first Cubist art exhibition took place in Paris;
  • Oklahoma became the 46th state;
  • The Lusitania made its maiden voyage;
  • John Wayne was born. John Wayne has been dead for 36 years; and finally and most amazingly,
  • The Cubs actually won a World Seres!

How does one get to be 108-years-old? From Dutton’s story:

Jones credits her longevity to a diet of beef and lots of vegetables, exercise, and drinking alcohol only at Saturday dances.

I really hope I live to be 108 and someone asks me that question. Instead of the real answer for all super old people — good genetics and good luck — I’m going to list a series of vices and the ingestion of copious harmful substances and say that that, my friends, is how I got here!

Then I’m going to turn my attention to one of the world’s greatest mysteries.

Another young fan was struck by a foul ball, this time at Guaranteed Rate Field

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ESPN reports via the Associated Press that a young boy was struck by a line drive foul ball but was not seriously injured during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Royals. The boy and a woman were escorted by a first aid crew to the concourse area and the boy was later eating ice cream in a luxury suite.

A woman was struck in the face by a foul ball also on the first base side at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday, but she didn’t request medical assistance.

Last week, a young fan at Yankee Stadium was hit by a line drive foul ball, which motivated several teams to commit to extending protective netting at their ballparks. The Yankees, strangely, were not among them. Nor were the White Sox.

Diamondbacks clinch NL Wild Card

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Losses by the Cardinals to the Pirates and the Brewers to the Cubs on Sunday clinched an NL Wild Card berth for the Diamondbacks. Their walk-off, 3-2 win over the Marlins earned them hosting rights for the Wild Card game.

The D-Backs, now 90-66, trailed the Marlins 2-1 going into the bottom of the eighth. Daniel Descalso tied the game at two apiece with an RBI single off of Brad Ziegler. Second half hero J.D. Martinez secured the win with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth against Javy Guerra.

The Rockies beat the Padres on Sunday to increase their lead over the Brewers (+2) and Cardinals (+2.5) for the second Wild Card slot. One of these three teams will visit Arizona for the Wild Card game.

The Diamondbacks are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011, when they lost the Division Series in five games to the Brewers.