Artist Michele Rushworth puts the finishing touches
on the portrait of Seattle Mariners professional baseball
player, Edgar Martinez, to commemorate his retirement
after 18 years with the team. In order to have the painting
ready in time for the unveiling, Rushworth had only
ten days in which to complete it.
The portrait was unveiled at Seattle's Safeco Field
stadium in front of over 40,000 fans and dignitaries.
The painting can be seen approximately in the center
of this photograph, along the first base line.
"Talented Northwest artist Michele Rushworth has
created a wonderful piece that I would like now to unveil
and present to you." Seattle Mariners
CEO Howard Lincoln
"An amazing portrait brought smiles from everyone."
Rich Waltz, Sportscaster for Fox Sports Network
Edgar Martinez, who played the position of Designated
Hitter, holds many Major League Baseball records. He
is also a fan favorite because of his easygoing, warm
personality and his loyalty to Seattle, playing out
his entire professional career with the Mariners.
Also in attendance at Edgar's retirement celebration
were the Governor of Washington State, Gary Locke, the
Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Bud Selig, Edgar's
family members, along with current and former Seattle