Sunday, February 27, 2011

Top Sports Memory: Number 2

If you have anything you want to add to my memory feel free to comment, if you want give me your top 5, I expect everyone's to be different. 
Honorable Mentions: David Tyree's Catch...Kevin Dyson comes up 1 yard short...Giants commit 11 False Starts...IMA Game of the Century
Number 5: 2001 Huskies beat the Canes in explosive Husky Stadium
Number 4: Antonio Freeman did WHAT?1?
Number 3: The BeastQuake in Seattle

Number 2

1995 Seattle Mariners: The Double:
I have said before that I can't say a single bad thing about the 95 Mariners, but I have thought of something I would change...well two if you include them being world champions. But I with I were older during the 95 season so that I would be able to remember the magic even better. But maybe because I was so young it helped form my love of sports...Either way it was a magical season and the double was just icing on the cake: The Double, courtesy of

Whenever I watch that play or hear the call I get the chills! My memory I have of watching the game may not even be a real memory, it doesn't quite fit logically, but it is still entrenched in my mind nonetheless...I remember sitting on the floor in front of the TV with just my dad and mom watching along with me. I was nervous as all get-out. Then when it happened I remember just being giddy with joy and jumping up and down.

The Mariners were going to the ALCS! My memory of it just makes me smile, but here is why I am not so sure it makes any sense...In my memory I am in the second house I ever lived in, but in 95 I don't think I lived there yet. Maybe I did, but I am pretty sure I moved there later. Either way I am going to take this and call it a top memory.

I don't remember any of the season, not that the M's were way out of it in late August, but I do remember the "refuse to lose" slogan that swept the area. It was so cool to me that the Mariners just weren't going to lose. And they didn't...well until the ALCS, but the magic had already been made. Even better to me was that I hate the Yankees, probably more than any other team in any sport, and the double crushed their hopes of winning the World Series.

One thing I know I remember is this picture in the newspaper the next day, it still is one of the best pictures I have ever seen...

As I continue through Thiel's book on how that team saved baseball The Double becomes even more important in my sports memory bank. If the M's don't come back to force a playoff, if the Mariners don't beat the Angels in the 1 game playoff, If Edgar doesn't hit that double, If Junior doesn't make it around to score...Chances are there isn't baseball in Seattle...but all of those things did happen, and while I think the Mariners organization has its problems...having baseball in Seattle is something I will never take for granted.


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