I was pulling into the parking garage as the announcer was saying "Welcome to Safeco Field, we have an exiting game today in store for you as Ichiro Suzuki will try and break George Sisler's single season hit record of 257".
Being in 4th grade at the time I didn't really know what to expect coming in to the game.
"How big was this going to be i asked myself?"
A few hours later i got an answer, big.
Ron Villone was on the mound for the Mariners, Ryan Drese of the Rangers got the call to make or break history.
The first hit was a single over third base-man Hank Blalock's head. No. 257 and the fans would not stop cheering. I was taking pictures and had no clue what the value was going to become the following years. The rally fries weren't an event yet, but if they would have been they would have been forgotten and unseen with all the Ichiro hit meter signs.
The next hit was another single to the left of short stop Michael young (Who had himself a nice year with 216 hits). That was No.258 and Ichiro tied the record! An 84 year old record was broken by Ichiro Suzuki in just his 4th season in American ball! That was what the fans, announcers and the dugout was all screaming.
Later in the night he got his 259th hit and ended the season on October 3rd with 262 hits.
My Oh My!