Four AquaSox seasons to remember

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Four AquaSox seasons to remember

Longtime Everett AquaSox fans bore witness to amazing seasons from the legends to grace this city. You who were here for these truly amazing seasons, you were truly the lucky ones. Those who may be a bit newer to the scene, let me fill you in on where the bar has been set for our AquaSox heroes in 2017.

Jamal Strong made his debut in 2000 at Memorial Stadium to the thrill of the fans and to the terror of opposing catchers. This was the season that Strong would steal 60 bases in 75 games.  Jamal would manage a .314 batting average leading to a very impressive .422 on base percentage.  Northwest League opponents were unable to keep him off the base paths and ultimately suffered 63 runs scored by the future Mariner outfielder.

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2003 would see the inauguration of the King. Felix Hernandez is a future Hall of Famer and a living legend in the Majors. But it would be here in Everett that his loyal subjects would catch a first glimpse as a teenaged Felix would put in 55 innings and work his way to a 7-2 record. In just 11 games, he would register an amazing 73 strikeouts to just 24 walks. Usually, in these situations the rest would be history.  However just last year, on June 1st 2016, the King would return to a capacity crowd of 5,189 raucous fans screaming “hail to the King.”

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His retired number (#26) sits in right field, but many fans are not quite aware of the true AquaSox legend Greg Halman.  The Dutch national was a part of the World Baseball Classic that year and the success of the Dutch team has captured the fascination of the world.  One of the progenitors of the Dutch team is Halman (2009 national team). His potential was clear to all of Everett as we watched him in 2007 accumulate 73 hits off 238 at bats. His .307 batting average was supplemented by an insane 16 homeruns and 37 RBI. He would go on to a promotion that year and eventually to the Mariners. His life ended in tragedy, but we celebrate who and what he was when he brought his bat and his smile to our town.

There is one more season of interest and it involves you the reader of this magazine. Through 26 games, the AquaSox have averaged 2,909 per game. As of the time of this publication, though 26 games, the AquaSox have seen 75,624 fans through the gates.  That is an average of 2,909 fans per game. The highest attendance average dating back to 2004. The passion from the Everett faithful dates back to 1985 when the Giants came to town. And through all the amazing promotions, the jaw dropping performances, and the 2 Northwest League championships it is you the Frog fans who make each and every season special.

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