Saturday afternoon I took a trip down to Safeco Field to attend a memorial ceremony for Dave Niehaus. It was a nice ceremony and a classy move by the Mariners organization to allow fans to come and say their goodbyes. Even though I never met him, losing Dave is like losing an uncle. He was there to make you love the Mariners even when they were terrible which, sadly, has been for most of the team's history. I have to admit that I got a little choked up when they replayed the greatest moment in team history - game 5 of the 1995 ALDS. It's sad that we will never again have the opportunity to hear that enthusiasm again. Baseball just won't be the same without him.
In my opinion, the most poignant statement of the afternoon came from Rick Rizzs: he quoted Jackie Robinson who said, "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives." Rick went on to say that few people have impacted as many lives as Dave did. Thanks for the memories Dave.