I didn’t fall asleep listening to music, crickets or the wind when I was a kid. I fell asleep listening to Dave Niehaus call Mariners games. From the first pitch in 1977 to the last of 2010, Niehaus was the voice of the team that I will always call mine.
From the crappy teams of the 80s, to the excitement of Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson and Alex Rodriguez in the mid-90s and the excitement of the 1995 Refuse To Lose Mariners to the 116 wins in 2001 with Ichiro, Niehaus’s voice reminds me of home, reminds me of being a kid and reminds me of loving baseball.
Niehaus passed away earlier this week at 75 years old. Coupled with Ken Griffey Jr. retiring earlier this season, it seems my childhood heroes have all moved on. Time to grow up.
Thank you, Dave Niehaus. Thank you for letting me feel a little closer to home when I heard you on MLB.TV. Thank you for making a crappy Mariners teams fun to listen to.
Here’s my favorite call from 1995. I saw it from my couch and Mariners baseball was never the same after.
Niehaus and Junior will be ever intertwined.