We've all heard the axiom about how when you go to a baseball game you're going to see something you've never seen before. When I think of this saying, 3 games I've attended immediately pop into my mind.
1. This game actually had 2 occurrences of note, one being of the somewhat rare variety and the other a once in a lifetime kind of deal. The game ended in a tie, which I didn't even remember until I looked up the box score. It's the only tie game I've ever been to, but the memorable part was that pete rose got his 4,191st hit in this game.(equaling ty cobb for the all time hit record, duh). Rose got his 4,190th in the first inning, and he tied the record in the fifth. sometime just after that there was a long (as i remember it) rain delay. I decided to leave because it was getting dark and i figured they wouldn't be able to resume the game. (for all you kids out there, wrigley field had no lights at the time). Well, they did continue that game (through 9 innings) and rose did bat one more time, but the combination of lee smith and virtually no daylight resulted in a strikeout for old Charlie Hustle.
2. This game was not memorable because of Horacio Ramirez's excellent outing.( He pitched 7 2/3 innings and had only given up one run, but in the eighth, with a man on and pujols coming up, bobby cox brought in john smoltz. The result was very similar to the result when pujols faced brad lidge in the 2005 playoffs, an absolute rocket to the very, very deep left field bleachers.) the real rarity, though, was the unassisted triple play turned by rafael furcal. It happened (obviously) really fast, and I still remember the moments of silence afterward as everyone realized what had just happened, followed by a loud ovation by the always polite st. louis fans.
3. This game, of course, is my all time favorite. I reckon some of you were also in attendance. The only disappointment was that buehrle didn't get the perfect game, but if he hadn't walked sosa I wouldn't have been able to laugh when he picked him off of first.
I think there may have been somewhat similar posts in the past of people recalling memorable games that they have been to, but I don't recall any specifically on the topic of "seeing something you've never seen before", so if anyone's got some stories(one last time here; from games you have been to), let's hear ‘em.
(and in case you didn't know, the title of this post is a nod to the late, great david foster wallace)