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Several Bloggers Took ‘The Challenge’. Come see…

Several Bloggers Took ‘The Challenge’.  Come see…

Last week I issued a challenge to the baseball and baseball card blogging universe – ‘What are your top baseball memories’?  

The reaction and story-telling that has flowed since has been phenomenal.  Some bloggers chose to go with their in-person experiences.  Others went with the team-theme.  And others did a cross-section of both.  The commonality between all of the great stories that have been shared over the last seven days is that they are all personal and full of baseball emotion.

I have decided to link to everyone’s stories.  Here they are:

Steve @ White Sox Cards – http://whitesoxcards.blogspot.com/2010/06/top-10-mlb-games-i-have-seen.html

UnlceMoe @ Topps 08 Set – http://topps08.blogspot.com/2010/06/challenge-answered.html

John @ My Detroit Tigers Cards – http://www.mydetroittigersbaseballcards.blogspot.com

Jim @ GarveyCeyRussellLopes – http://garveyceyrusselllopes.blogspot.com/2010/06/for-30-year-cardboard-my-list-of-top-10.html

James @ Sports Locker – http://sportslocker.blogspot.com/2010/06/greatest-sporting-event-ive-watched.html

Mariner 1 @ Emerald City Diamond Gems – http://emeraldcitydiamondgems.blogspot.com/2010/06/greatest-game.html

Boronsy – http://borosny.blogspot.com/2010/06/best-games-of-each-decade.html

Ron @ Section 36 – http://section-36.blogspot.com/2010/06/blogger-challenge_06.html

Paul @ Wrigley Wax – http://wrigleywax.blogspot.com/2010/06/my-top-ten-most-memorable-games.html

John W @ Johngy’s Beat – http://johngysbeat.blogspot.com/2010/06/johngys-top-ten-baseball-moments.html

And here is mine again – https://bapple2286.wordpress.com/2010/06/06/the-top-10-baseball-memories-from-my-youth/

It’s very interesting how some of these memories overlap between all of us.  What Jim was able to see live, I witnessed on television.  What was Jame’s greatest thrill so far in baseball was what taught me about heartbreak.  It’s amazing that one event can strike such opposite emotions in us, huh??

Thanks to everyone that participated and shared their baseball memories with us.  This was quite a bit of fun, and I may try something like this again soon!!!

The Top 10 Baseball Memories From My Youth

The Top 10 Baseball Memories From My Youth

Last week I issued a challenge to all baseball and baseball card bloggers on ’30-YOC’.  The task was simple, tell us your Top 10 greatest baseball memories.  And while that sounds easy, once you start thinking about them, the numbers pile up quick and if you stick to the rule of ’10’, several miss the cut. 

So no offense to Doc Gooden or Wade Boggs or Mark Grace or Kirby Puckett or Dale Murphy or Greg Maddux or Jose Canseco or Orel Hershiser.  But you guys didn’t make the cut.  Did you impress me during my youth?  Absolutely!  But there were other moments and other players that impacted me greater.

And here is my submission.  It should be noted that the numbers used below are strictly a counter.  It would be very hard for me to rank these moments/players – each impacted me and my love for the game when I was younger.

1 – Kirk Gibson’s home run during Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.  The play still gets aired each fall, and rightfully so.  This moment is what baseball is all about.  Gibson was able to create one of the most dramatic scenes in baseball history and I remember staying up very late at night and watching this game with my cousin.  Ironically, we were both pulling for Oakland.

2 – Cal Ripken breaking Lou Gehrig’s record of consecutive games played.  Cal was the king of baseball.  Not only was he the ‘Iron-Man’ he was a class act and his lap around the ballpark shaking hands and thanking the fans for their support still gives me chills several years later.

3 – The Wizard of Oz.  I remember being in awe of Ozzie Smith and his audience-thrilling acrobatic entrance onto the baseball diamond during the 1985 World Series.  He may have done the flip a million times before, but on this stage and in front of the world, I too watched in amazement.

4 – Bo Jackson.  A truly 1-of-a-kind talent, Bo Jackson captivated 2 sports at the same time.  He is the first player that I can recall that became a pop-culture icon.  Everybody knew Bo!!!

5 – The ball that went through Buckner’s legs…  Man this was a rough one.  This moment during the 6th game of the World Series was the turning point that eventually led to the Mets beating the Red Sox to win the championship.  I was pulling for Boston and their loss in 1986 was my first taste of sport-related heartbreak.

6 – Rickey Henderson’s steal to become the all-time stolen base king.  Rickey was great.  Rickey knew he was great.  Rickey had no problem telling you that he was great.  But he was right.  The greatest lead-off hitter and base runner of all-time was an absolute joy to watch.  He earned the confidence that he had – nobody will ever come close to breaking his record.

7 – Andre Dawson.  In 1982, and at the age of 7, I had a coach in Little League say ‘Nice throw Hawk’ to me after I rifled one in from the outfield.  A bit puzzled, I asked my dad what he meant.  And from there I did everything I could to learn about Andre Dawson.  His career has impacted my love for the sport and collecting baseball cards more than any other single player.  I love ‘The Hawk’!!!

8 – 1997 Florida Marlins World Series championship team.  We all know what happened to that roster after 1997, but during that season and through the playoffs, the Marlins were thrilling to watch.  Boasting a roster full of All-stars, the team took the sport by storm and won a championship during just their 5th season as a major league baseball team.  This victory marked the first time in my life that a team I cheered for the team that actually won the title.  What can I say, I love the losers….

9 – Pete Rose and hit #4,192.  I have vivid memories of watching this game on television with my dad.  And when Pete finally connected for hit #4,192, we both stood up and gave Pete Rose the same standing ovation that he received from 40,000+ fans in that stadium.  A moment I will never forget!!!

10 – Joe Carter’s walk-off home run.  Joe Carter realized every kid’s dream with that homer.  The walk off home run to win a championship title is what we all talked about and role-played with our friends in the neighborhood when we were young.  To watch someone accomplish that feat, and to see the joy on his face, was priceless.

And there you have it.  It took quite a bit of shuffling around but these are 10 moments/players that I will never forget.  These, along with many others, are the memories that I cherish from the sport that hooked me more than 20 years ago.

Baseball is a fabulous sport, and I find that even with the radical changes that have occurred in regards to training and technology, there is still a very strong link to the tradition and basics of the game that make it so enjoyable.

I hope you enjoyed reading through this post as much I enjoyed writing it for you!


An Open Challenge To ALL Bloggers!!!

An Open Challenge To ALL Bloggers!!!

A very fun and interesting conversation broke out during lunch while at work the other day.  In fact, it continued throughout the remainder of the afternoon through emails, text messages, and phone calls.

Simply stated, the question was asked, “What is the greatest sporting event that you have watched?”  Not necessarily live, but the one that has permanently impacted you so much that you can vividly recall specifics about where you watched it, who you were with, and your emotional state as the story unfolded before your eyes.

Since this was a very general question, the stories ranged from the Tyson/Douglas fight to Michael Jordan’s shot to win his 6th NBA title to Mark McGwire hitting home run #62 and so on….  And the stories were funny and filled with emotion.

And of course I shared some of my favorites too.

And then I started thinking about this blog.  And baseball.  And the great bloggers that I have met.  And what their favorite moments in baseball may be.

And that all led me to this – “An Open Challenge To ALL Bloggers!!!”

Share your stories.  If you had to select the Top 10 baseball stories/moments that defined the sport for you as a fan what would the be?  Did they occur during your youth or just last season?  And since the Internet is a visual media, try to find an image of that moment that captures that event how you recall it.  Sources like Ebay, Flickr, and other web-based image hosting sites should make this task not too difficult to accomplish.

What I am proposing is that we all take some time, a week sounds good, to filter through our memory banks to find our ‘Top 10 Baseball memories’ and let’s all publish them next Sunday.  Stories, images, memories – let’s share.  And if you want to try to rank them, go for it.  If not, that is fine too.

And once you’ve posted your story on your blog send me a link.  I’ll offer up a directory of sorts at “30-YOC” to have 1 central place to visit to find other bloggers and their Top 10 lists.

Are you up for the challenge?  I know that I am.  And it will be just as fun, if not more fun, to see what others selected for their lists too.

What are you waiting for?  Get going and start digging through your years and years of baseball memories to filter down to your Top 10 moments.

In an effort to build this into a nice group of blogger participation, I would appreciate it if anyone could mention this challenge on their blogs as well to help spread the word.

Thanks.  See you next Sunday!!!