|03-26-2008, 11:09 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jun 2004
What teams/players have you seen in person?
This is a spinoff from the "who would you pay to see" thread. It got me to thinking about how many different teams I've seen play, how many Hall of Famers or potenial HOFers, and some dominant performances or special moments I've seen in person.
Teams that I've seen play in person:
St. Louis Cardinals
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco Giants
San Diego Padres
New York Mets
Chicago White Sox
Tampa Bay Rays
I've seen 20 different teams in person. This year I'll see the Diamondbacks for the first time on Opening Day and then the Red Sox in June for the first time. I'd also like to see the Brewers sometime this season.
Some of the Hall of Famers or potential HOFer's I've seen include:
Ken Griffey Jr.
Cal Ripken Jr.
I've never seen a perfect game or no-hitter but I have seen quite a few walkoff homeruns, a 12 strikeout performance, and such.
-In August of 2002 - against the Padres in old Cinergy Field, I saw the Reds score nine runs in the first inning including two Aaron Boone homeruns in the first inning. He later hit his third HR in the game in the 4th inning.
-Two games later I witnessed my first career walkoff HR as Boone launched a 2-run shot in the 12th inning.
-Another of my greatest games involves Aaron Boone. August 21st, 1999 against the Expos. The Reds were in a middle of a pennant race and were trailing this game 2-1 in the 6th. The Reds loaded the bases up for Aaron Boone. Moments later he cleared them with a grand slam, the first GS I had ever seen in person. One inning later Eddie Taubensee launched another grand slam and the Reds went on to win 9-3.
-In August of 2004 I saw Adam Dunn launch a 535 foot homerun into the Ohio River, the longest HR on record IIRC.
-On Opening Day 2005 I saw Adam Dunn launch two homeruns, the first off Pedro Martinez in the first inning. Pedro settled down after that and struckout 12 Reds hitters in six innings. In the bottom of the 9th the Mets brought in Braden Looper with a two run lead. Kearns led off with a single and a few pitches later Dunn launched his second HR of the game to tie it at six. In stepped Joe Randa...he worked the count full and then homered to left to give the Reds a 7-6 win. This was probably the greatest game I've ever seen in person.
-Wily Mo Pena bobblehead night in June 2005 was another of my favorites. Pena launched two homeruns, including a looooong walkoff HR into the bleacher seats on his own bobblehead night.
-In May of 2006 I nearly witnessed a perfect game. Jon Lieber carried a perfect game into the 7th inning before Dunn lined a two out single into center field. That's the closest I've come to seeing a no-hitter or perfect game.
-Opening Day 2007 was also a great game. Harang threw seven great innings for the win, Dunn launched two homeruns and Josh Hamilton received a standing ovation.
That's all I got.