Pure shock and deep sadness. I’ve been trying to take it in since late this afternoon when I first saw the breaking news alert. Marinerland is reeling right now, trying, without success, to imagine our baseball lives without him.
Dave Niehaus is gone.
Spring and summer evenings will never be the same…
He was the one, true “forever Mariner” – the only person on earth who can say he’s been with the team since the first pitch in Mariners history … back in 1977. He was a true gentleman and an awesome story teller. Over the past few seasons, it was becoming evident that his eyes and ears were failing him a bit (e.g., “swung on and belted” ended up a sac fly to the warning track) but his passion for the game was ever present.
His voice and signature lines are forever etched in my mind….
“My oh my!”
“Swung on and belted!”
“Get out the rye bread and mustard, Grandma. It’s grand salami time!”
“Fly, fly away!”
And, of course, I can recite, word-for-word, his call of Gar’s double down the leftfield line on that magical October evening in 1995.
When I listened to that speech live…
I cried tears of pride and joy that such a great man was the announcer for my favorite baseball team and that he had finally made it to the pinnacle of his career.
When I listened to the replay of that speech tonight…
I cried tears of sadness and disbelief that the one and only voice of the M’s has been forever silenced.
Something that speaks volumes to the man he was, not just the broadcaster…
Junior was on 710ESPN sharing his memories of Dave – it’s the first time he’s spoken publicly (that I’m aware of) since his retirement.
Your voice elevated our joy in the good times and helped us cope in the all too common not-so-good times. Not sure how we are going to do this without you. You will be missed – exponentially.
|JOHN LOK / THE SEATTLE TIMES|
“He meant everything to Mariners baseball. Everything. He was not only the voice of the Mariners, he was the Mariners. —Rick Rizzs
Some of the stories and memories being shared….