As I was watching the television five minutes before the selection show, they showed a good amount of NCAA tournament highlights. I had watched a few of them live on TV as they happened, but I was not at any of them. All of the people that were in attendance were treated to a site they would never forget. Who knew that when they bought that ticket, that it would turn into a ticket almost as valuable as the Wonka ticket. That got me thinking about the greatest moments in sports that I have ever been present for, in the stands. When you buy the ticket, you always hope for a historic event, but in my case one rarely happens. Here are my top 3.

# 1 – Chicago Cubs beat Atlanta in game 1 of the NLDS (Sept. 30th, 2003)

This was a great game and I was so glad I was there. I sat in traffic far longer than I had anticipated and missed the top of the first inning, but in the end, it was worth it. Nothing is more fun than going to a visiting park and talking trash as your team wins.

# 2 – Jose Valentine Hits for the Cycle (April 27th, 2000)

This one is a funny one actually. I usually enjoy going to the White Sox games in Chicago because the tickets are cheap and easy to come by. This particular day was nice because I got to see Cal Ripkin Jr. play for the first time. On the way home, as I was totaling up my scorecard, I realized what I had actually seen.

# 3 – Cubs beat Atlanta in 15 innings (April 9th, 2004)

This game made me incredibly angry for 8 & 2/3 innings. Then Holly stepped to the plate and jacked one right over our head in the RF bleachers. Eventually, the Cubs would go on to win it in 15.

Well, that’s it. Those are my top 3 games I have been in attendance. Now, it’s your turn. Please share the best games you’ve ever been at.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail