The Best Half Inning of Baseball

A year earlier I had moved from Utah to Seattle to enjoy the first full season of Major League Baseball. During the fifth and deciding game of the ALDS I found myself in a hotel room with my friend and his parents cheering on Griffey and the gang on a 20-inch TV.

That night I would lose my voice, but add a sports memory that hasn’t been surpassed in 20 years. The Seahawks winning the Super Bowl last year comes close. But this game and those leading up to it were magical.

Here’s the bottom half of the 9th inning. The Mariner’s are down a run, and facing Jack McDowell of the Yankees. Cora’s bunt and then avoiding the tag at first is one of the most athletic plays you’ll ever see.

”Griffey….is coming around….” still gives me chills.