The Mariners will be missing someone in 2011, and we don’t necessarily mean a DH capable of belting 40 homers and driving in 100 runs. The great Dave Niehaus died this past off-season after spending every one of the Mariners' 34 seasons in the broadcast booth. But while the voice of the franchise will be missed, he will not be forgotten. Before the home opener against the Cleveland Indians (the series continues through Sun.), Seattle rapper Macklemore will perform his Niehaus ode, “My Oh My,” and the team will pay homage to the man widely regarded as one of the great announcers in baseball history. The M’s will also hold ceremonies for last season’s award winners (Gold Gloves for Franklin Gutierrez and Ichiro, and a Cy Young for Felix Hernandez) and hand out “Rally Towels” to the first 20,000 fans, presumably so people will have something to dry their eyes with when they hear the words, “Break out the rye bread and the mustard grandma!” pumped over the stadium speakers one last time. KEEGAN HAMILTON

Fri., April 8, 7:10 p.m., 2011

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