Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Best baseball moments

I recently attended a game between the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago White Sox where the Chisox pitcher made a pick off move to first base with runners at first and second.  The first baseman was not holding on the runner and was in fact up near the infield grass and focusing on the batter when the ball sailed well past him, allowing both runners to score.  This is one of my favorite baseball moments I have ever witnessed in person at the dozens of games I have attended.  After this, I started thinking about the other more noteworthy moments and immediately made a list, because that is what I do.

10 - 1993 Opening Night first pitch -  I attended Opening Night in the Kingdome in both 1993 and 1994, but seeing my first one was pretty cool.

9 - back to back to back home runs - In September 2011 at Safeco Field I watched the back to back to back home runs of the Texas Rangers.  It is number 9 on the list because it is the opposition, but still noteworthy.

8 - first road game - In June of 1994 I attended my first ever MLB game not in the Kingdome between the Ms and the Angels.

7 - bleacher seats home run at Yankee Stadium - In June 2004 I watched Alfonso Soriano smack a home run on his first at bat in his return to Yankee Stadium.  Yankee fans briefly applauded and then he was the enemy.

6 - inside the park home run - The 1977 Yankees visited the Kingdome during the expansion season and Rupert Jones rounded the bases while Reggie sort of strolled after the ball.

5 - two runners score on errant pick off move - 2012, see above.

4 - final pitch of a legend - Nolan Ryan came to the Kingdome in late 1993 for what proved to be his final start as a major league pitcher, even though it wasn't supposed to be as he got injured and faced only 6 batters and failed to make his final two scheduled home starts.

3 - striking out to end the game - In 2006 Ms closer J.J. Putz stuck out Barry Bonds to end the game.  The previous sentence was awesome to type.

2 - over the fence catch in deep center - The first week of the 2000 season the Ms new center fielder Mike Cameron not only robbed a home run, he robbed a home run from Derek Jeter.

1 - walk off grand slam - 2010 Spring Training Ken Griffey, Jr. smacked a walk off home run against the Reds.  Yes, it was Spring Training, but it turned out to be the final HR by Junior.