Monday, May 02, 2005

Game #13

March 31st, 1996 at the Kingdome. Seattle 3, Chicago White Sox 2 (12 innings).

Opening night at the Dome! My first of many, many Mariners games. My brother and many friends along for the ride.

It was a good one, too. Frank Thomas hits a two-run dinger in the first, but that's all the Sox can manage against Randy Johnson and four relievers. The M's inch back. Darren Bragg (Darren Bragg???!!) hits a homer, then Edgar Martinez knocks home the tying run with a one-out double in the ninth. Second and third, one out...but the M's squander it. We go to extras. Finally, in the 12th, the M's get things going with an error and a double. The Sox intentionally walk Dan Wilson to get to Alex Rodriguez. You read right...but remember, this is a 20-year-old Alex Rodriguez starting the first game of his first full season...batting ninth, starting the game 0-for-5. He singles in the winning run. I've often wondered if A-Rod's career trajectory would be different if he hit into a double play then instead. As it is, he hit .358 with 36 homers that season.

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