I was in the Kingdome that night. You are right, fuck the Mariners. And frankly all of those 1990s teams, though I saw them play a ton of games.90's Mariners for me too. I was stationed at Ft Lewis and got to see them play a bit.
But not 1995. I still remember listening to game 5 of the ALDS on the radio while in the field at Yakima. They can go fuck themselves for that. But otherwise, fun team.
I had a sweet spot for early 70s Giants, too. Mostly from strat-o-matic (in which no balls into the outfield were not caught). Bobby Bonds was going to be Willie Mays. Chris Speier was one of the first offensive SS in an era dominated by the Mark Belangers of the world. And something mysterious about seeing a west-coast team in a shitty looking dark stadium where fans wore winter coats in July (on TV from NY area). And Randy Moffitt was Billie Jean King's brother. Also, they had a a great pre-Berman nickname: John "The Count" Montefusco.1973 San Francisco Giants
1B -- Willie McCovey
2B -- Tito Fuentes
SS -- Chris Speier
3B -- Dave Kingman
OF -- Gary Matthews, Garry Maddox, Bobby Bonds
C -- Dave Rader
Starters: Bryant, Bradley, Marichal, Barr
Relievers: Willoughby, Sosa, Moffitt
Also... 1976 Philadelphia Phillies
1B -- Dick Allen
2B -- Dave Cash
SS -- Larry Bowa
3B -- Mike Schmidt
OF -- Greg Luzinski, Garry Maddox, Jay Johnstone
C -- Bob Boone
Starters: Carlton, Kaat, Lonborg, Christenson
Relievers: McGraw, Garber, Twitchell
Maybe I just really liked Garry Maddox
I also really liked the 2017 Astros before it wasn't cool to like them anymore.
Highest leverage plate appearance of all time.maybe the 1962 SF Giants
Mays, Cepeda, Marichal, McCovey the Alous, Kuenn, they were a great team and a line-drive a few ft away from a championship
He also became a bit of a cult hero that summer during the Pete Rose hit countdown because of David Letterman's "Race to 4192" Biancalana vs. Rose gag.The 1985 Royals. Sure people will say of course Brett, Wilson(who I loved and feared in equal measure when the Sox went there), White, McRae, Balboni, Saberhagen and nobody could solve the Quis...but I loved that team because of Buddy Biancalana. The man who made me say, hey you know what maybe I could do that. He was a backup most of the year to Onix Concepcion but then the playoffs rolled around (and Concepcion got dinged up) and suddenly Buddy was the starter. He played flawlessly in the field, like a vacuum on the left side of the infield while Brett was making errors all over the place. He hit .278 in the series including the single to right that brought in Sundberg in Game 5 on the road and gave the Royals the lead in the game that turned the series. That was a hell of a team and a player who played his best baseball at the biggest time.
Me too! The Mets were my team growing up, and I had kind of gotten used to the fact that they weren't ever going to win or even be good, and I loved them anyway. So when '69 came it was like waking up Christmas morning resigned to wool socks and Lincoln Logs and finding that Red Ryder under the tree. I have a hard time deciding what was more glorious for me, 1969 or 2004. I feel incredibly lucky to have experienced both.I was a big fan of the '69 Mets.
I loved watching Sanguillen with that funky catching style and Clemente catching a routine flyball was awesome.1971 Pittsburgh Pirates
As a failed Little League catcher, I loved Manny Sanguillen. But that team had everything -- Clemente, Stargell, Dock Ellis, Blass, Moose and Veale, Hebner, Cash, Al Oliver, Bruce Kison's funky delivery. Even the role players on that team read like a list of That Guys.
And they beat the f'ing Orioles