If you follow me on Twitter, or just happen to have noticed one of the widgets on the right hand column of this blog, you are probably aware that I am a big professional baseball fan. Specifically, a fan of my hometown team, the Seattle Mariners.
However, as big a fan as I am Mrs. LIAYF, Lukas, and I don't get out to the ballpark very often. In fact, before up to the point, we hadn't been attended a game all season long. That all changed on Wednesday when we, along with my parents, took in an afternoon game at Seattle's Safeco Field.
We picked the Perfect game to attend.
That's because The King, Felix Hernandez, pitched the 23rd Perfect Game in Major League History, and the first for the Mariners! It was absolutely amazing to watch. We were standing and cheering loudly the whole 8th and 9th innings, and erupted in euphoria after the final out. We were even high-fiving complete strangers, but it didn't matter since, for a franchise and city aching for good news, this was something worth celebrating.
If you want a condensed version of what we saw (minus the time in line for Pulled Pork sandwiches, beer, and lemonade of course) you can see all 27 outs back to back in this video:
As a baseball fan, this has to rank as the best moment I have ever witnessed in person, barely edging out Ken Griffey JR's 8th homerun in as many games, at the old Kingdome on July 28th, 1993. Yes, for a sports fan, this was like finding the Holy Grail.
But what made it even more memorable, was the fact that I got to share it with those I love. Especially Lukas, who at the tender age of 5 can now say that he has been witness to history.
I have no doubt that he will remember this day forever. Especially since I will be reminding him of it so often. He will probably eventually be sick of me saying "Remember that time we went to the 23rd Perfect Game in baseball history? Did you know that that was out of approximately 400,000 games played? Yeah, we were there."
Hopefully not though, since he was able to cross Attend Perfect Game off his bucket list before he even understands the concept.
How about you readers? What is the most memorable sporting moment you have witnessed with your kids?