My Oh My by Billy Mac
YAKIMA, Wa - If you're both a Seattle Mariners fan and wanting a book this holiday season this may be what you're looking for.
My Oh My, the Dave Niehaus Story is a reverent look at the life and career of the late Dave Niehaus who spent 34 seasons as the voice of the Seattle Mariners.
The book was written by Billy Mac, a longtime friend of Niehaus. Mac is a singer and songwriter from the Seattle area.
Mac delighted local fans with his reading excerpts from his book at a recent reading at Inkling's Bookstore in Yakima.
Mac, a Mariners season ticket holder, like many fans in the Pacific Northwest, was captivated by Niehaus' command of the microphone and language of baseball that he so dearly loved.
"Dave lived and breathed and ate the game," Mac said. "After a 59-103 season, two days later walking around the house wondering if he could go to the ballpark and sit there for a couple of hours."
He described the first game ever played at Safeco Field in July 1999 as Niehaus was introduced as the man who would throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the new home of the Seattle Mariners.
"Crackling energy of anticipation had exploded in realization," Mac said. "Lightning hit the stadium, hair on your arms stood up, a tumultuous roar enveloped Safeco Field, barely hearing the announcement (and) strutting toward the mound was their champion. Their stalwart, their constant unswerving connection to their now beloved Mariners."