Sunday, May 01, 2005

Game #14

Continuing the countdown...

#14: April 30, 1999 at the Kingdome. Seattle 11, Toronto 9.

I have a knack for going to good games in celebration of my birthday (see #17 below). I gathered about a dozen friends and headed out on a Friday night back then and saw a fairly lousy Mariner team scrape back from a deficit. Nine home runs in the game...five by Toronto (two by Carlos Delgado, who always has monster games in my presence) and four by Seattle. After trailing 8-3 at one point, the Mariners still came back and won it with a grand slam in the eighth by Ken Griffey, Jr. Robert Person had walked the bases loaded with one out Graeme Lloyd came on in relief to face Griffey, and Griffey cracked one over the center field wall. One non-baseball-fan friend thought that the whole thing (walking the bases loaded so Griffey could hit the big homer) felt suspicious. Too perfect as theater. She honestly thought the fix was on. Even if it was, it was a helluva lot of fun.

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