December 23rd, 2010
As a self-proclaimed (and fully realized) ginormous Mariner geek—been keeping track since the days of Alvin Davis, Spike Owen, and Jim Presley—the passing of legendary broadcaster/regional grandfather Dave Niehaus last month hit me pretty hard. I still think of him often and dread the day the season starts without him in the booth. I never met the old boy, but, like so many other baseball fans in the Northwest, he soundtracked my summers for close to three decades. He was family.
In what seems like a no-brainer from the hyper-aware local rapper Macklemore, he and his buddy Ryan Lewis have collaborated on a new track paying tribute to Mr. Niehaus. Befittingly of the artist and the subject, it’s both somber and uplifting at the same time. Major kudos to Macklemore and Lewis for this unique eulogy that should do well to keep Dave’s spirit alive. Listen below or download the track here.
Updated to include the new official video released Jan. 12th.