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Historic Moments That You Were Able To See In Person

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With my visit yesterday to Toledo see the Mud Hens battle the Charlotte Knights, I was fortunate enough to witness Mike Hessman tie the record for the most homeruns in International League history. What I thought was really cool was that he not only tied it on Ghostbusters jersey night, be was able to do so during my very first Mud Hens game. So that got me thinking, what historic moments have you guys been able to see in person at sporting events?

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I wasn't at the game itself, but I was at Shea the night in the Summer of '07 when the Rangers scored 30 against the Orioles. I remember it came up on the out of town scoreboard and everyone around us thinking it was either a malfunction or they'd put up the starting pitchers for part 2 of the doubleheader.

Game 7 of the '06 NLCS, but that was painful as hell.

One interesting one, whilst visiting family in England in 2001 I got taken to my first ever rugby match, and saw England beat Romania 134-0, a result which remains the highest score in the now 135 year history of the English Rugby team.

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I was at the first game in Columbus Blue Jackets history as well as the first home win and the first home playoff win.

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Last 49ers game at Candlestick Park

Barry Bonds 755th home run

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Last 49ers game at Candlestick Park

Barry Bonds 755th home run

Wow! What was the atmosphere of the stadium like after #755?

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Last 49ers game at Candlestick Park

Barry Bonds 755th home run

Wow! What was the atmosphere of the stadium like after #755?
Well, it was in San Diego, so about as dull as any other Padres game. I always get asked what the atmosphere was like during that home run, and to be totally honest with you, I have no idea. I was screaming so loud that I didn't even notice the crowd around me. It was a great moment for Giants fans, but strange to see on the road.

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Game 4 1989 world Series - A's sweep Giants (As most people know this series was historic for one BIG reason)

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Nothing major really but cool moments in time:

Sammy Sosa's 50th HR in 1998.

Albert Pujols' 3 HR Easter Sunday.

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Indiana's first win over Penn State in football in school history.

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For the Ducks, family has had season tickets since the inaugural 1993-94 season and I went to my first game as a young tot way back then. So I've been at a lot when it concerns the Ducks, but the one's that stick out in my mind (or stick out at least right now):

  • Teemu Selanne's 1000th point (vs Los Angeles)
  • Teemu Selanne's 600th goal (vs Colorado)
  • Teemu Selanne's *insert Ducks franchise record here* (I've been there for a lot, I literally can't remember them all)
  • Teemu Selanne's final regular season game (vs Colorado)
  • Teemu Selanne's final game (vs Los Angeles)
  • Corey Perry's hat trick vs San Jose to score 50 goals in his 2010-11 MVP season
  • All home games in Mighty Ducks 2003 Stanley Cup Final run
  • All but two home games in the Ducks 2007 Stanley Cup Champion run, including the clinching Game 5 vs Ottawa

For the Angels, I've been to a couple:

  • Garret Anderson's team record 10 RBI (vs Yankees)
  • Tim Salmon's team record 299th home run (vs Texas) (Also saw him hit one out to the deep warning track in one of his final games. Just couldn't get that 300.)
  • Mike Trout's first MLB game (vs Seattle)
  • Mike Trout's first home run at home (vs Baltimore)
  • I had tickets to Jered Weaver's no-hitter... and I didn't go... still kicking myself over that one

My aunt lives out in Arizona, and my grandfather decided to get Cardinals season tickets when they opened University of Phoenix Stadium. So I've been lucky enough to be at a few big games over there:

  • 2008 - Cardinals first home playoff game (vs Atlanta)
  • 2009 - Cardinals 51, Packers 45 (OT) - Largest combined point total in NFL playoff history (Crazy game that ended with the sack/fumble/touchdown)
  • 2011 - Cam Netwon's NFL debut, set rookie passing yards record at 422 yards (since broken by Andrew Luck)

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I feel like the closest I've ever gotten to witnessing legitimate history were from a few Yankees/Rays games I attended in 2010.

4/10 - C.C. Sabathia threw 7.2 no-hit innings. Kelly Shoppach ended his bid four outs shy.

7/27-7/29 - ARod was sitting on 599 home runs. He didn't hit #600 until 8/2. Welp.

I've only made it out to a handful of Tampa Bay Lightning games; I haven't been to a single Buccaneers game in my life, and I did attend on Arena League playoff game in 2007 that was neither historic nor could I imagine anyone could care about. In addition, I've yet to attend any sporting event outside of Tampa/St. Petersburg, so that's all I've got.

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Not something I can claim to have witnessed myself - it happened before I was born - but my parents were present at the first ever penalty shootout that was used to decide the outcome of a professional football match.

It took place on 5th August 1970 at Boothferry Park in Hull, as Hull City took on Manchester United in the semi-final of the 'prestigious' Watney Cup. George Best was the first player to step up, Denis Law was the first to miss his spot kick. In typical Hull City fashion though we became the first team to ever be eliminated from a competition via penalties.

Remember that when England inevitably get knocked out on penalties at this summer's World Cup - we started it. :P

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I was at the last game in Expos history, the last game at Shea Stadium, the first game at Citi Field, and the Johan Santana no-hitter.

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I was at game 7 of the 2001 World Series. Where I saw Luis Gonzalez hit the single that won the Diamondbacks Championship over the Yankees. I still get goosebumps thinking about that moment.

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Not sure if these qualify as "historic" but here they are.

I was at the Browns game against the Oilers the weekend the news broke that the Browns were moving to Baltimore. (People seem to forget that the move was announced well before the season was over.) It was the only time I've ever felt in real danger at a sporting event. The mood was really ugly. I still believe that, had he been there, Art Modell would have never gotten out of that stadium in one piece.

Game 5 of the 1984 World Series in Detroit. Kirk Gibson hit two HRs and there was a nice little riot after the game. Apparently, 80's Tigers fans felt the best way to celebrate a Tigers championship was by setting cars on fire. Fun stuff.

I was at the Indians game in 2008 in which Asdrubal Cabrera became the 14th player to turn an unassisted triple play.

And I was at the 1000th game in Blue Jackets history.

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Not sure if these qualify as "historic" but here they are.

I was at the Browns game against the Oilers the weekend the news broke that the Browns were moving to Baltimore. (People seem to forget that the move was announced well before the season was over.) It was the only time I've ever felt in real danger at a sporting event. The mood was really ugly. I still believe that, had he been there, Art Modell would have never gotten out of that stadium in one piece.

Game 5 of the 1984 World Series in Detroit. Kirk Gibson hit two HRs and there was a nice little riot after the game. Apparently, 80's Tigers fans felt the best way to celebrate a Tigers championship was by setting cars on fire. Fun stuff.

I was at the Indians game in 2008 in which Asdrubal Cabrera became the 14th player to turn an unassisted triple play.

And I was at the 1000th game in Blue Jackets history.

I guarantee if the Tigers win the World Series again. There would be more cars to play with. I'm sure when the Tigers win the World Series again I'll join in on the fun here in Phoenix!

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With my visit yesterday to Toledo see the Mud Hens battle the Charlotte Knights, I was fortunate enough to witness Mike Hessman tie the record for the most homeruns in International League history. What I thought was really cool was that he not only tied it on Ghostbusters jersey night, be was able to do so during my very first Mud Hens game. So that got me thinking, what historic moments have you guys been able to see in person at sporting events?

Is that really historic though? Nobody wants to set the record for most HR in the minor leagues - all it means is that you weren't good enough to ever make the major leagues. It's kind of an embarrassing record when you think about it.

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It's Crash Davis' record and the whole point of Bull Durham was that he had no interest in setting the minor league home run record.

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Not too big of a historic moment, but I went to Game 7 of the Thunder v.s. grizzlies game in 2011. They won and advanced to the Western conference finals, which made it Oklahoma City's (Not Seattle Supersonics) first appearance to the conference championship. It was one of their first years in OKC too. My dad was working with KD on something at the time, and Kevin actually got us those tickets, so it was pretty cool.

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