I grew up in the South Bay Area in the middle of Silicon Valley and grew up learning about sports at Candlestick Park and Memorial Stadium in Berkeley.  When I married the love of my life and moved to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, I quickly became enamored with the lovable, and often frustrating Seattle Mariners.

how it all started

I have a vivid memory playing basketball with my father in my driving when I was a young boy. I had to be 6 or 7 years old. I remember asking my dad “What’s the greatest comeback in the history of sports?” I don’t remember what prompted my to ask that question, but the answer started me on a life long love/hate affair with California Golden Bears. He recounted for me the the day of November 20, 1982. He was sitting in the south end zone of Memorial Stadium in Berkeley and witnessed live what would come to be known in the sports world simply as “The Play”.

It was then I began to learn how exciting, fun and memorable sports could be; and how they can bring people together.

My father and I would go (and continue to go) to many Cal football games and sports keeps us in contact a lot of the time, catching up on the Mariners or the Giants, or talking about new recruits for Cal. And those conversations lead to conversations about life, love and everything in between. It’s more than stats, it’s sharing life.

FIRST SPORTS MEMORY

I have many memories from games at Candlestick and Memorial Stadium, but one of my favorite memories was in September of 2002. It was the opening game of the 2002 season, and Cal had just come off a 1-10 season. Cal’s new head coach was a former Offensive Coordinator from Oregon named Jeff Tedford. No one knew what to expect from him.

On the first play of the game, Tedford called a double-pass that went for a 70 yard touchdown.  He went on to become Cal’s all time winningest coach, and coach up players like Desean Jackson, Marshawn Lynch, and Aaron Rodgers. It was some golden years of Cal football.

In the fall of 2011, somehow, I found myself living 15 minutes east of Seattle. Amid the never-ending rainy winters and the near-perfect summers, I quickly fell in love the beauty of the evergreen trees, breathtaking mountain ranges (literally all around), and the beautiful Puget Sound. Home to the Mariners, the Seahawks, and the Sounders (RIP Sonics!) While the 49er faithful in me refuses to root for the Hawks, I quickly fell in love with the Mariners.

Growing up, I idolized Ken Griffey Jr. Even watching Barry Bonds as a child there was something about Griffey that was so… cool. He made it look so easy. He was ‘The Kid’. The purest swing that baseball has ever seen.

While the Mariners haven’t been good for a long, long time, they’re a hell of a lot of fun to watch, and the fans that have stuck with them in this town love that team. Even going on 16 years of no playoff appearances, fans have not given up on this organization.

One of these days, this franchise is not only getting back to the playoffs, they are going to get their first World Series appearance, and I will be there for Game 1.

Meet some of the other gentlemen

Ben
Bay Area

Specialties:

Warriors, Giants, 49ers

Chad
Southern California

Specialties:

Clippers, Angels, Trojans

Brent
Los Angeles/Seattle

Specialties:

Seahawks, Mariners, Lakers

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