Friday, June 17, 2011
My favorite memory of his birthday: In 1994, when the Marlins played the Mets at home on June 17. Our parents split season tickets with two other families from 1993 to 1995. Needless to say whenever the Marlins had a home game on Ted's birthday (or Dad's or Mom's), we selected that game in the annual ticket draft (it was always the first pick made after opening day was off the board). So on that Friday night, we trucked up to Joe Robbie (which was actually called Joe Robbie at the time), and took in a game.
I don't remember the game at all, but I do remember watching OJ Simpson evade LA police in his Ford Bronco on the stadium's jumbotron. It was by far Ted's strangest birthday.
Plus, the Marlins won that night. Greg Colbrunn and Kurt Abbot hit home runs that night. Robb Nen pitched a five-out save, the term "Alfonseca-save" wasn't even an abstraction, and Leo Nunez was a child. It was a simpler time, then.