I've been a die-hard Mariners fan my entire life. I remember my parents having "Mariner" parties (or at least that's what I thought they were) where they'd invite over my friends' parents, neighbors, family, and anyone else who wanted to watch that night's game. I remember exactly where I was and how I felt during the '95 season (I was 7), and you're damn right I had a copy of "My, Oh, My!" on VHS (as well as "You Gotta Love These Guys!"). In Macklemore's song "My, Oh, My"; he was right - Dave Niehaus's voice might as well have been God's to me.
Dan Wilson was my hero, Joey Cora was tiny/hilarious, my sister was going to marry Ken Griffey, JR (my mom loved Jay 'The Bone' Buhner) and Luis Soho had coolest name to say out-loud. Some kid named Alex Rodriguez was a rookie we picked up out of high-school to play short-stop, Randy 'The Big Unit' Johnson was clearly too tall to be a real human-being, and Heathcliff Slocumb was our closer. I used to think that might have been really convenient for Edgar & Tino's parents to be able to see both of their kids play on the same pro team, because they were obviously brothers right? I changed my jersey number to #1 because of how amazing Alex Diaz was when asked to fill the shoes of Griffey after his broken-wrist, and I vividly recall how bitter and disappointed I felt after the 2001 playoffs ended.
I played two years of junior-college baseball with hopes of someday making the minor-leagues, but I quickly swallowed that pride after I moved to Seattle and realized how painfully average of a ball-player I really was. I've suffered through experienced seven losing Mariners seasons as a resident of Seattle, and now I'm lucky enough to say that I get to broadcast from 'The 'Pen' before every Saturday home game. I'm not mad about not succeeding as a baseball player anymore, but no matter what: I'm always going to be a Mariners fan. And being on the field at Mariners Fan Fest is the closet I'll ever come to being a professional baseball player (unless they want me to take some hacks, I'll still do that too).