I was at this game

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  1. Andy T.

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    I was at this Tiger game on August 16, 1981:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/DET/DET198108160.shtml

    Kirk Gibson hit a walk-off 3-run homer off Ron Davis to win the game (see the play-by-play log at the end of the screen). The fans went crazy and stood around cheering for what seemed like 10-15 minutes. Gibson did a curtain call. I was 11 years old. It was great. The team of destiny was in its infancy. Jack Morris started the game. Trammell, Whitaker and Parrish all started.

    Now it is your turn - go to www.baseball-reference.com and try to find box scores of memorbale games that you attended in person.
     
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    I was also at this Cub game in 1993:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHN/CHN199309050.shtml

    Glenallen Hill hit a pinch-hit, 2-run, walk-off homer off John Franco to win the game. Mark Grace started the inning with a walk and then Sammy Sosa struck-out (he was unknown at the time). The fans went nuts. The game took only 2:14 - very quick. My wife and I took a trip to Chicago over Labor Day weekend and we were able to go up and buy tickets at the gate. A beautiful day at Wrigley. My wife was 5 months pregnant with our first child.
     
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    I was at this one.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SLN/SLN198907260.shtml

    It was College/career S.S. class trip and we sat in the nosebleed section. It was the first time I'd been to Busch Stadium and I was surprised by how loud it was when the Cardinals scored. It was a 2-0 game and I think it would have been far more interesting had we not been at the top of the stadium.
     
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    Much abliged! ;)

    I have not really been to any notable games, save one:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CIN/CIN198406290.shtml

    Tim Wallach hit a shot off the left field Fair Pole that still rings in my head. But that's not why I remember it most.
    This was the record breaking game for Pete Rose for total career games played. I want to say it was 3,300-something. Maybe 3,309? Pete received a very nice ovation. It was his last series appearance at Riverfront before the deal to make him the playing manager of the Reds.

    (Quick: name the deal that made Pete a Red again.)
     
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    Tom Lawless.

    P.S. - I cheated.
     
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    I figured you'd cheat :) I know you probably visit BR more than I do :)

    Most people forget it was a trade that culminated the deal, although it was merely the mechanism that brought Pete home. And that game I attended, the first game of the series, has been bandied about as such an emotional moment for Pete that he had to come home and be in a Reds uniform to chase down Ty Cobb. Just a little arcane trivia :)
     
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    Another interesting game I was at:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CIN/CIN200006070.shtml

    This one featured homers by two future Hall of Famers - Ken Griffey Jr. and Frank Thomas. Both were to left field - right below where we were sitting (in the little Green section). Griffey's was a towering oppo, while Thomas' was a line shot. I believe this was the last season for Riverfront - the RF and CF sections were already torn out for building the new stadium.
     
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    I was not at this game, but very vividly remember watching it on TV.

    I do not think I was at any real memorable games.

    I had front row seats near the Cubs Bullpen one year for an Astros game when Randy Johnson pitched for them. The scheduled starters were to be Johnson v. Kerry Wood. I was really looking forward to that until Wood was a late scratch and some no name guy pitched. Randy Johnson was very impressive in person. It looked like he was half way to home plate when he released the ball!
     
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    Ooooh - that's kind of eerie. You were watching a game that I was at. And now here we are almost 15 years since. Our seats were down the RF line kind of behind a pole (explains why we were able to get tix at the gate). Do you remember seeing me? :laugh:
     
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    I wasn't at any of those games ;)
     
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    Oh yeah, you were that guy, that umm uhhh yeah that guy by the pole. I remember so well... :wavey:
     
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    I wasn't at the game, but I remember listening to it on the radio with my dad...As Johnny Bench was my all time favorite, and still is....
    If I remember right, he entered the ball field on a golf cart...
     
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    Yes, I think that was the case. Looking at these boxscores has helped me remember details about the games that I had long since forgotten.
     
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    I was sitting dead center field last row of Busch Stadium for Game 5 of the of the 1985 NLCS between the Cardinals and the Dodgers.


    Bottom of the 9th with one out, score is 2 - 2, Ozzie Smith is up and is batting left-handed (his weak side). Ozzie has never hit a homerun from the left side of the plate, so Tom Neidenfuer has nothing to worry about.

    Ozzie has a 1 - 2 count when he blasts the ball over the wall in right center to win the game for the Cardinals.

    From where I am sitting I can't see the ball actually go over the wall, but from everones reaction I KNOW what happened.

    http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20031006&content_id=566415&vkey=news_stl&fext=.jsp&c_id=sln

    http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1985/B10140SLN1985.htm


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    I was at this one, exactly one day after McGwire hit homer #62:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CIN/CIN199809090.shtml

    Around early June or so, when McGwire was on pace to break the record, I looked at the schedule and bought 4 tix when the Cardinals visited Cincinnati in early Sept., in hopes that I might get lucky. Missed it by one game! Actually, if McGwire was still sitting at 61, I was going to sell 2 of the tix and make a nice profit. ;) You wouldn't believe the scalpers outside the stadium trying to get rid of their "investments". McGwire only batted twice and then they took him out.

    Something that just caught my eye in the boxscore: An unknown rookie started as SS for the Cardinals - one Placido Polanco, now a key member of the much maligned (by me) Detroit Tigers. I certainly can't complain about him. Next to Ordonez, he is our MVP, and sometimes I think he is more valuable than Mags.
     
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    Not exactly a game but it counts I think

    Games of the XXIII Olympiad

    Aug. 6, 1984 LA Coliseum Track and Field - Carl Lewis wins his second Gold Medal of the Games in the Long Jump and runs in a qualifiying heat for the 200.

    Roger Kingdom takes Gold, and Greg Foster takes Silver in the 110 meter High Hurdles.

    Also saw Women's 400 meter Finals - US takes Gold and Silver
    Women's 800 meter Final - US takes Silver
    Women's 400 meter hurdles semi-finals
    Men's 400 meter semi-finals
    Men's 800 meter Final - US takes Bronze
    Men's 10000 Meter Final - best US finisher 16th place
    Men's 3000 meter Steeplechase Heats
    Women's Javelin Final - best US finisher 8th place
    Men's Pole Vault Prelims
    Men's Hammer Throw Finals - best US finisher 6th place

    August 7, 1984 - USC Olympic Swin Stadium

    Men's Springboard Diving Prelims - Greg Louganis is first comming out of this round.

    August 8, 1984 - Long Beach Arena

    Men's Vollyball semi-finals Brazil vs. Italy. Brazil defeats Italy 3 games to 1 and goes on to lose to the US in the Gold Medal match.

    August 9th, 1984 - I skipped the Olympics today and went to Disneyland.

    August 10th, 1984 - LA Coliseum Track and Field - Women's 3000 meter finals Mary Decker (USA) and Zola Budd (GB) bump several times with Zola Budd in the lead and Mary Decker in 2nd, finally Budd bumps Decker and Mary Decker goes down and is out of the race. Zola Budd ends up finishing 7th as the crowd boos her. The IAAF, the governing body for Track and Field events, later found Budd was not responsible for the collision. Best US finish in the Women's 3000 was 4th.

    Also this day: Women's 100 meter hurdles - US takes Bronze
    Women's 4 x 400 meter relay prelims
    Women's Discus prelims
    Women's High Jump - US takes Bronze
    Men's 1500 meter semi-finals
    Men's 3000 meter Steeplechase finals - US takes Bronze
    Men's 4 x 100 meter relay prelims
    Men's 4 x 400 meter relay prelims
    Men's High Jump prelims
    Men's Discus Final - US takes Silver and Bronze

    August 11, 1984 - Rose Bowl - Soccer (Football) Finals - France v. Brazil. France wins 2-0 to win Gold.

    I will never forget these five days of my life. It was the adventure of a lifetime and I hope someday I can attend the olympics again. And why can't I find my ticket stubb for the day I went to diving. :BangHead:


    Bill
     
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    Speaking of the Olympics...you know how they say seeing the Olympic Torch run by you is a once-in-a-lifetime event? Well, I've seen it five times. Twice in '84 (Cincinnati and Knoxville), twice in '96 (Louisville and Knoxville), and once in 2002. So I've lived, what, five lifetimes? :laugh:
     
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    Be careful if you have nine lives you will be a cat and then Gib will have to shoot you! :laugh:

    Bill
     
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    What a game!!! We went up to Cleveland last night and saw this game:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CLE/CLE200708140.shtml

    We stayed through the top of the 10th and then left, because we were too scared to watch Jones. It was a great game. The Tigers hardly ever come from behind like they did last night. The lame Cleveland fans kept cheering "Detroit Sucks" (I hate that word, BTW), and every time they chanted that, something good would happen for the Tigers. They were doing it when Infante tied the game; they were doing it when Granderson made his game-saving catch; and they were doing it when Sheffield hit his go ahead single. It was so funny. We were tempted to start the cheer ourselves so the Tigers would do something good!

    That catch by Granderson was incredible. He has won 2 games with his glove - last night and the game against the Red Sox the Sunday before the All-Star break when he took a home run away.

    Mags' homer was a shot. We were hoping for just a sac fly. Both games we went to this year he hit home runs.

    If the Indians would have scored in the 8th, we were going to leave. Then in the 9th when Rodney gave up a lead-off double, we almost left because we didn't want to see a walk-off win. But we didn't leave and saw Rodney strike out the side. Looks like he's back to old form. He was throwing 98 with an 84 change. There were 26 strikeouts in the game.

    I wore my "Magnum PI would be proud" t-shirt.

    Here was the other game we went to in early June, one game after the horrific Jones 4-run blow up:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CLE/CLE200706020.shtml

    Mags was 7-for-11 with 2 HR and 6 RBI in the two games we attended this year! MVP! MVP! MVP!

    O.k., I promise not to complain about the Tigers...at least for a few days. :laugh:
     
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