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Check out the Dave Niehaus uniform patch

Almost lost in the crush of news and interviews at yesterday’s pre-Spring Training media day, but the Mariners released an image of the Dave Niehaus patch that will be worn on the right sleeve of every Seattle player for every game of the upcoming season.

 

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The team also is working on a Niehaus statue to be placed somewhere at Safeco Field. They’re in the process of finding the right artist and finalizing all the details, but expect the statue will be in place either by the end of this season or, at the latest, the start of next year.

What do you think of the patch and where would you like to see the statue placed?

Marilyn Niehaus raises 12th Man flag atop the Needle

 
Niehaus12thMan.jpgMarilyn Niehaus is flanked by daughter Greta Niehaus Dunn and son Andy Niehaus after the three raised the Seahawks’ 12th Man flag atop the Space Needle on Friday
. (Photo courtesy of Rod Mar/Seahawks).

Since her husband’s death two months ago, Marilyn Niehaus has been understandably private and behind the scenes as her family and the community went about mourning the passing of Hall of Fame broadcaster Dave Niehaus.

But on Friday, Marilyn was front and center in a most interesting fashion, perched atop the Space Needle as she and her daughter Greta and son Andy raised the Seahawks’ 12th Man flag in celebration of this Sunday’s NFL playoff game against the Bears.

I spoke with Marilyn afterward and she was still buzzing about the experience.

“I feel like I’m still flying high,” she said. You can read my full story here on the website.

Marilyn said it was an honor to raise the flag above the Space Needle, a ceremony the team has done prior to playoff games in recent years. Dave raised the 12th Man flag at Qwest Field prior to a regular-season game in ’06 and his wife clearly was touched to get the chance to do the same Friday..

She did admit to a slight fear of heights, but said Dave wouldn’t have been surprised that she’d climb out on the roof of the 605-foot high landmark. Doing adventurous things is not new to the Niehaus’ family.

“If someone asked me to take a trip tomorrow, I’d be packing,” said Marilyn.

As you’d expect, Marilyn Niehaus is a gracious woman who has been moved by the community’s reaction to the death of the man she shared with millions of fans over the years. To have her standing atop the city on Friday seemed like the perfect tribute both to her and the Seahawks, who flew to Chicago later in the day.

“We’re so excited for the Seahawks,” Marilyn said. “They’ve brought this city alive again.”

Macklemore releases music-video tribute to Niehaus

A couple weeks ago I posted a YouTube video tribute to Dave Niehaus that was a compilation of Niehaus photos set to a song put together by Seattle artist Macklemore.

 But now Macklemore and his producer, Ryan Lewis, have finalized their own music video and it’s definitely worth watching. Macklemore grew up in Seattle and captures the raw emotion felt by the millions who listened to Niehaus and felt the connection between their city, their baseball team and their Hall of Fame announcer.

The perfect Christmas (w)rap … a Dave Niehaus tribute

Happy holidays to Mariners fans everywhere. While you’re enjoying the Christmas break, here’s a beautiful tribute to Dave Niehaus performed by Seattle musician Macklemore.

Give it a listen and enjoy this photo collage put to the music by a YouTube viewer who goes by megajboy11. Whether you’re a fan of rap or not, I think you’ll appreciate the passion and the message. Thanks for doing this Macklemore. Awesome stuff.

Makes me proud to be from Seattle.

A very moving day at Safeco Field as Niehaus honored

Lots of great moments today at Safeco Field — or Dave’s House, as some like to call it these days — as Dave Niehaus’ life was celebrated.

As you’d expect, when guys like Jay Buhner, Dan Wilson, Edgar Martinez, Rick Rizzs and Ron Fairly get up and tell stories, people listen. And when they’re talking about Hall of Fame announcer Dave Niehaus’ passing, people cry.

Including many of the speakers themselves. Rizzs choked up for a good minute or more before Buhner and company came to his rescue and joined him on the stage for some comfort. Buhner eventually wrapped Rizzs up in a big bearhug as Rizzs gathered himself.

The ceremony ended with team president Chuck Armstrong announcing there will be a statue of Niehaus erected outside Safeco Field, a fitting tribute for the man who has been there since Day 1.

You can read my full story on the day’s events here. And if you’d like to see the entire ceremony, MLB.com provides the full video here.

Wanted also to share this poem that was included on the program card given to the fans who showed up today:

Do not stand at my grave and weep;

I am not there, I do not sleep

I am an echo in home run calls.

I am the flash of white on a well-struck ball.

I am the sunlight on the outfield grass.

I am the powerful autumn home run blast.

When you jump up to a called steeerike three

I am there, yes you know me.

I am the sound of the broom after a three-game sweep

Swung on and belted; I am the tears on your cheek.

Rye bread and mustard, salami abound

I am high above, looking down.

Do not stand at my grave and cry;

I am not there. ‘My Oh My’

The scene from Safeco for Niehaus memorial

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The crowd is gathering at Safeco Field for Dave Niehaus’ ceremony. You can watch live on mariners.com starting at 12:45 p.m.

The ceremony itself begins at 1:10 p.m,, not coincidentally the starting time of all the day games Niehaus broadcast over his 34 years as the Voice of the Mariners.

The whole program will take just over an hour, with a Niehaus tribute video at 1:12 p.m., followed by a string of speakers and videos with Rick Rizzs serving as the Master of Ceremonies.

Knowing the speakers — Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Dan Wilson, Ron Fairly — there’ll be some funny stories mixed in with wonderful memories.

Here’s a link to the live broadcast.

 

Photos from the Niehaus fan memorial

If you missed the Dave Niehaus fan memorial on Saturday, Mariners photographer Ben VanHouten captured a lot of the scene at Safeco Field.

You can click here for one photo gallery of Ben’s work and here’s a second gallery.

It was an emotional afternoon and I was very impressed with the job done by the Mariners to honor Niehaus in such short order.

There’ll be a more formal memorial — or a celebration of Dave’s life — coming in a few weeks at Safeco Field. The Mariners want to get that right, so they’re taking their time to get everything lined up before announcing a date.

I have no doubt that will be an incredibly moving day. Without question, Niehaus meant a great deal to a whole lot of people. I talked to some of the fans at Saturday’s event and was blown away by the way they presented their thoughts on how much he meant.

One fan told me how his aging mom and aunt used to listen to Dave and the Mariners each night, how that was the highlight of their day, which reminded me of my own mom and how much she used to enjoy the broadcasts and build her day around them as well back in the late ’90s. I’m guessing lots of people can relate to that.

A younger fan wearing an autographed Niehaus jersey beamed as he told me how much Dave meant to him, his words really capturing what so many people felt and are absorbing now.

Everyone I spoke with had their own story to tell and you can read that story here.

While I’m thinking of it, I also wanted to alert Niehaus fans that Pat Hughes of WGN radio in Chicago has produced a series of CDs featuring some of baseball’s all-time great announcers and you can get a copy of his Niehaus compilation for $14.95 through this  baseballvoices.com website.

Mariners fans struggling to cope with loss of a legend

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They came in small groups throughout the day Thursday, a steady stream of Mariners fans wanting to pay tribute in some way to Dave Niehaus.One by one they pushed forward to view the growing pile of mementos at the front gate of Safeco Field, where loaves of rye bread, bottles of mustard, baseballs with personal messages and one very poignant picture of Niehaus’ grandkids with a note telling Grandpa how much they were going to miss him didn’t leave a lot of dry eyes.

The passing of the venerable broadcaster hit Seattle hard over the past two days. His 34-year run as the Mariners’ voice had powerfully cemented his place as the club’s most-enduring and endearing figure and, at the moment, there doesn’t seem to be a close second.

What is it about baseball broadcasters that capture a region’s hearts? And how did Niehaus take that love affair to the next level, to the point where his sudden death by a heart attack Wednesday led to both of Seattle’s all-sports radio stations providing non-stop commentary on the topic Thursday while fans searched for ways to connect, some way, somehow, to the man whose voice has been synonymous with Mariners baseball since its beginning in 1977?

Long-time Seahawks play-by-play man Pete Gross was elected into that team’s Ring of Honor just before dying of cancer in 1992 and Bob Blackburn, the original voice of the Sonics who died earlier this year at 85, had his banner hanging in the rafters at KeyArena before the team moved to Oklahoma City.

But Niehaus’ death seems to have caused the biggest reaction yet in Seattle sports history, which is a testament both to his popularity and the nature of baseball and its nightly story-telling over a six-month stretch each season.

Rick Rizzs, who worked alongside Niehaus for 25 of those years, saw up close how fans loved and reacted to his partner everywhere they went. So, no, he’s not surprised by the outpouring of support for Niehaus now in his passing.

“I’m not shocked at all by the emotion and way people feel about this guy because after 34 years you become part of their family,” Rizzs said. “When you lose a Dave Niehaus or Pete Gross or Bob Blackburn, you lose somebody who is part of your family. And that hurts. It hurts deeply.

“To have Dave’s voice come through that radio for 34 years and next spring it’s not going to be there? That’s going to be a shock for a lot of people. So I’m not surprised by the outpouring. Fans loved this guy and rightly so. And he loved them back.”

Which is why a lot of tears were shed across the Northwest the past two days by grown men and women, people who’d connected to Niehaus and considered him a friend.

Everyone knew he was getting older. Everyone knew it would end some day. But when a man does his job for 34 years and does it so well that an entire region connects emotionally to the mere sound of his voice, that’s not something that is easily lost.

Nor will it be easily replaced.

The one Mariners story I never wanted to write

This isn’t the way I wanted to start my new Mariners blog on MLB.com. I wanted to introduce myself to new readers today, tell people how excited I was about my new job and all that good stuff.

NiehausDave.jpgThen I found out Dave Niehaus had died Wednesday afternoon of a heart attack while on the deck of his home in Bellevue, Wash., and a happy day turned upside down.

The first post on my blog turned into the last thing I wanted to write.

Like all Mariners’ followers, I’ve enjoyed Dave’s gravelly voice and gifted story telling for years. I grew up in Seattle and was lucky enough to listen to him from the beginning.

But I was also one of the fortunate ones who got to know Niehaus and his gracious style and precious sense of humor during my time covering the team over the past 15 years for various publications, every one of which at some point asked me to write a story about the lovable lead broadcaster.

That’s the thing about Niehaus. He truly was the best thing going for Mariners’ baseball for many years. There’s something special about the relationship of a baseball play-by-play man and a community. The 162-game nightly relationship, the story-telling pace, the ability to go into people’s homes and hearts on a regular basis can make for a rare broadcast bond.

And Niehaus, as that man and that voice for 34 straight years, bonded like no other in Seattle and few others in the country.

His death Wednesday hit Mariners’ fans hard and many have placed flowers and notes at the gates of Safeco Field.

Surely a memorial will be forthcoming and we’ll keep you posted. But until then, I just want to add my own small tribute to the large litany of thoughts and words being bestowed on the man who was a friend to all Mariners’ followers.

Rest in peace, Dave Niehaus. You truly were the best.

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