Oct. 8, 1995. It was the bottom of the 11th in game five of five in the Mariners' first ever post-season appearance. The Yankees were up by one. Joey Cora sat at third with Ken Griffey, Jr. on first. Edgar Martinez walked to the plate.
Martinez took a strike, but on the next pitch, he swung, belting the ball down the left field line. Griffey burst into a sprint, and... well, I'll let Dave Niehaus take it from here:
Here comes Joey! Here is Junior to third base! They're going to wave him in! The throw to the plate will... be... LATE! The Mariners are going to play for the American League Championship! I don't believe it! It just continues! My Oh My!
For a brief moment, liberal Seattle Democrats and tea party-types from Ephrata all jumped up as one, screaming at their televisions in unmitigated joy. Do I tear up a little watching the video replay? You bet I do.
Not even the crappy start to this season can taint my early memories of Griffey's career with the Mariners so let's have a little lovefest for the guy. Give us your favorite moment from The Kid in the comments.