“My Oh My” – Raised a Mariner

written by Mikaela Cowles on May 30, 2011 in Luncheons with no comments

Doug Fister was brought up in the Mariners farm system. He spent hours in minor league clubhouses listening to Dave Niehaus call games. It’s no wonder he had goose bumps at the May RBI Club Luncheon when Billy Mac performed his tribute to Niehaus. But, Fister wasn’t alone. The sound of Billy Mac’s “My Oh My” chorus created a watery-eyed room at the Terrace Club in Safeco Field.

As RBI Club members and guests dried their eyes, Fister said, “I feel very fortunate to have been raised in the Mariners system. We have high class personnel who really care about us.” RBI Club members and guests wanted to know if he’d really balked. They questioned him about the strike zone and how it changes from umpire to umpire. Fister explained his attacking philosophy and why his pitches are aggressive. And, should we see him pick up a bat this season, we know what kind of walk up song to expect: “I like country. So, I think it’d be country,” Fister said.

The RBI Club also mourned the loss of our co-founder and first commissioner, Jay Porter.  Porter passed away May 1st at age 92. His amazing contributions to the RBI Club and Mariners baseball helped ensure baseball stayed in Seattle. His impact is a blessing to all Seattle baseball fans, young and old. The RBI Club was honored to have several of Porter’s family members join us as we celebrated his memory.