“I dusted off my mother’s scrapbooks the other day. Between vacation photos and Christmas portraits, there is one page dedicated to the Seattle Mariners. It is the only proof I have that my parents were once baseball fans. Beneath blurry snapshots of the 1995 ALDS are two lines scribbled in blue ink: “Lorraine’s favorite player: Randy Johnson” and “Gabriel’s favorite player: Ken Griffey, Jr.”
My parents did not impart these memories to me as a child—or, if they tried, my five-year-old self quickly dismissed the stories. Seventeen years later, the Mariners and I were reintroduced, and I finally had my own line to add: “Ashley’s favorite player: Munenori Kawasaki.”
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