Dave Niehaus mourned by Seattle Mariners players and fans
Dave Niehaus, the legendary Hall of Fame announcer for the Seattle Mariners, died Wednesday night of a heart attack at the age of 75.
He called the very first Mariners game in 1977 and, as the Seattle Times' Geoff Baker writes, "described the highs and lows in distinctive, colorful verbiage until the very end."
"It's hard to think about him being gone now," Edgar Martinez said. "He was such a big part of baseball in Seattle. He made the game fun to listen to, even when we had bad years. It's going to be different listening to the games now."
Ken Griffey Jr. said Niehaus "made the Mariners who they are," and added: "It's tough because he's like that grandfather to all of us, especially Jay [Buhner], me, Edgar and Dan [Wilson] and so many other Mariners, he was like our grandfather. He would give you a little bit of advice, and he was tough on you when he needed to be. This is a day that I was hoping would never come. It's just a sad day for all of us, not just his family, but for everybody in the great Northwest."
Move over, Jack Buck, Ernie Harwell, Harry Kalas, Bob Murphy, Joe Nuxhall, Herb Carneal ...
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