Post by Ishmeal Loves Bayley on Nov 6, 2018 20:28:56 GMT -5
What are some of your favorite live sports memories?
The top 2 I think of are both Yankees games. Game 1 of the 2003 ALCS vs. Boston. I've been to a few Boston vs. Yankees games and the atmosphere is great, but the playoff atmosphere is UNREAL, especially at the old stadium. Even though the Sox won game 1, it was awesome. Even seeing Ortiz hit an upper deck shot was a sight to behold.
The second one is the 1 year anniversary of 9/11, Yankees vs. Orioles. Again, it was the atmosphere that set the scene. The city was mourning and the game was the lift that was needed. Somehow we managed to score tickets with the bleacher creatures in right center and that was cool. Whitey Ford and Phil Rizzuto unveiled a monument to 9/11 which was moving. Then, the game was a great extra-inning affair. Robin Ventura and Joe Torre got ejected arguing a call 3rd strike in the 9th, and the place went insane. Nick Johnson hit a walk off single in the 11th sending the emotional crowd home happy. Then we got a flat tire on the NYS Thruway at 3 am to cap the night off.
Game 1 of the 2000 NLDS. I skipped school my freshman year of HS to go to this game with my brother. In the 3rd inning, rookie sensation Rick Ankiel throws 5 wild pitches and is never the same pitcher again. In the 9th inning, John Rocker comes in and the crowd went nuts with the "Roooooockeeeeeer" chant. I've never experienced anything that loud. I could actually feel the chant in my bones. It feels weird now, because it really feel like a giant group of people bullying one guy (even if Rocker was a total ass at the time). Rocker also imploded to a smaller degree than Ankiel, but in one game you saw the end of one talent and the beginning of the end of another.
Opening Day, 2005. My brother took me. White Sox winner, 1-0. (Game lasted 1 hour & 40 minutes.) This year felt...different. (After a 2004 where Jerry Reinsdorf addressed the locker room after the final game: "You guys are stealing money.")
I went to Notre Dame twice. I'm not really a fan, but appreciate history. My neighbor offered a trip. Sure, I'll go. Saw them beat Air Force. The AF Falcon made its way around my section. That was neat. Neighbor says he knows how to find tickets. Don't pick the guys on the street scalping; go to the visitors tailgate section and see if there were boosters who couldn't come. It works against teams like Air Force. Not so much when you're about to go see a #1 against #2 matchup with Ohio State. No tickets to be found, but we did get to sit at the Joyce Center (the gym) with a bunch of OSU boosters to watch on the big screen Eddie George and the Buckeyes just ram it down ND's throat.
I'll be boring people about the day I saw Messi pass a penalty for the rest of my life. I was also there to see Boris Johnson do a rugby tackle playing football. I assume I'm the only person who can say they were there for both.
All sorts of other things, promotions, championships, pitch invasions, street parties, Uri Gellar mind control experiments. The best away games stand out though, the few times my Grandad came especially.
Saw Arsenal win the league live in 98. When my dad got tickets for the game against Everton we were out of the title race and I thought it would just be cool to go to our last home game of the season. Then we just started winning every week to the point when we could win the title in that game. I was 13 at the time.
Also saw Arsenal win the FA Cup final live against Hull in a classic final where we came from 2 nil down to win in extra time.
But the best game I've ever been to is without a doubt Reading 5 Arsenal 7 from 2012. Arsenal were at one point 4 nil down.
My first subway series game in summer of 99, when tickets were very hard to come by. Crazy game with a shit ton of home runs. Piazza hit a shot out of Shea. Anyway, Mariano blows a rare one and Matt Franco a bench player hits a scratch single to walk off for the Mets 9-8.
Post by Vampiro138 on Nov 28, 2018 22:53:48 GMT -5
Going to St. Louis to see the cubs and cardinals play in the middle of the home run chase. Say what you will now about that era but damn the entire stadium was hyped, and I believe both McGwire and Sosa hit homers in the game so both fan bases were happy.
And in 2003 Sammy Sosa hitting a game tying home run in the NLCS game 1 via hitting it to the deepest part of the park, ive never heard a ballpark get that loud before.
Post by Can you afford to pay me, Gah on Nov 28, 2018 23:32:39 GMT -5
For me attending the Winter Classic between The Blues and Blackhawks at Busch Stadium. The whole event from The Alumni Game to the game itself was electric from the fans stand point and pack house for both games was something special. The fact the Blues won the games put the icing on the cake.
I remember going to Walsall's final game of the season a few years ago against Port Vale. We we're third heading into the final day with Burton in second, needing us to win and Burton to lose. Burton managed to draw 0-0 so in the end we had to settle for the play-offs but the fact we won 5-0 and it was by far the best Walsall performance id ever seen, i don't think anyone left the stadium not feeling upbeat.
Also I've been to 3 NFL games in my life. The first one seeing Dallas beat Jacksonville at Wembley which had me hooked. The second game i got to see the Jaguars beat the Colts (by which point i had gone Jaguars mad, and it was nice for my brother at the 5th attempt to see a side he was rooting for win at Wembley)and then a couple of weeks ago when i went to see the Tampa Bay Bucaneers play, it was great to go to a game in America.
Post by Mark Markson on Nov 29, 2018 20:38:43 GMT -5
I don't get to go to many Red Sox games so I was excited when my aunt gave my friend and I tickets for a game in April of 2002. Good seats to about 12 behind the Sox dugout. The Sox we're cruising to a easy win over the Devil Rays and we were having a good time. I remember in the 5th inning I went to get something to drink. I looked at the scoreboard and realized "Woah, Derek Lowe hasn't given up a hit yet."
I tried not to get too excited about it but as the no hitter extended into the 7th, then into the 8th you could feel the electricity. My friend doesn't really watch baseball and I don't think he realized what was going on and I didn't want to tell him because of that old superstition about not mentioning a no hitter. Normally I laugh at something so silly but I was taking no chances. In fact when a fan a few rows behind us was telling his young son about the no hitter I almost screamed at him not to jinx it.
Finally the 9th came and really there was no great drama. Lowe easily put away the last three hitters and went into the record books. Fenway was as loud as I ever heard it. I was calling everyone I knew telling them what happened. It was so awesome being part of history. I still have the ticket stub from that game to this day.
Post by Citizen Snips on Dec 15, 2018 7:51:50 GMT -5
-Felix Hernandez' perfect game will most likely always be my number 1.
-Penn State/Purdue in 2000. PSU sucked that year, first year they had a losing record in a long time. Drew Brees was the favorite for the Heisman. PSU pulled off the upset with Brees Hail Mary at the end not connecting. Best seats I've ever had to an event, 45 yard line about 20 rows up (just barely nudging out a box on the first base line of Yankee Stadium in 1996)
-Eagles/Dallas in 2008. Last week of the season, and due to the results of the early games it became a "Winner makes the playoffs" game and the Eagles just kicked the absolute shit out of the Cowboys.
-Seeing an "A" house show at the Spectrum in 1988 (Hogan, Warrior, Hart Foundation, Beefcake, Duggan) and Jericho "win" the WWF Title in April 2000 are my wrestling ones.
-Saw a Phillies/Braves game in the late 90's. Schilling vs Maddux, Phils won 1-0 in the bottom of the ninth. Both guys pitched complete games, took under 2 hours to play.
-Don't remember the games themselves so much, but seeing the Phillies in the NLCS and World Series in 2009 and the Flyers clinch the Eastern Conference in 1998.
SNIPS PICK: The In-Laws- Arthur Hiller, 1979
"Did we hit the little boy on Sixth Avenue?" "No, we missed him by a good foot and a half."