All eyes were fixed on the Bay.
Tony La Russa had led the Oakland A's to the 1989 World Series, where they faced the SF Giants, led by manager Roger Craig.
The Bay Bridge Series. The Battle of the Bay. The BART Series.
It was the first cross town World Series since 1956.
The world was watching.
The first 2 games of the Series were won by the A's in Oakland, 5-0 and 5-1.
The SF Giants didn't have an answer.
There was hope that with the series moving to their side of the Bay, their luck would improve.
Then on October 17, 1989, the Bay Area shook: the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake had struck.
Measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale, it left 63 people dead and an additional 3757 people injured.
The Earthquake struck at 5:03pm.
Game 3 had been scheduled to start 32 minutes later, in Candlestick at 5:35pm.
Game 3 would be delayed 10 days.
The Earthquake Series.
The Series had been dubbed the Bay Bridge Series; the Earthquake took it's piece.
It took the A's 90 extra minutes to return home to Oakland due to the damage to the Bay Bridge.
As a 6 year old child, when the Earthquake hit, I was sitting on the living room floor, practicing my penmanship.
We lived in Daly City, which is on the SF side of the Bay.
I remember the concern and love showed by family, friends, acquaintances and even strangers that night.
Family members called to ensure that everyone was safe.
Hugs were being doled out like they were skittles.
I knew this was an important moment in my life; but I wouldn't know just how important for more than 20 years.
The Bay had been covered in a 'quantum love field.'
Across the Bay, hidden from my sight, there was something magical happening...
Eight months, 29 days after the Earthquake:
On July 15, 1990, the Legend was born:
Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard.
The Birth of a Legend.
Within 6 weeks of Earthquake, my parents had moved us to Portland; a new beginning.
The next 3 NBA seasons:
1990-91 culminated with the Portland Trailblazers led by Rick Adelman, losing to the LA Lakers in the Western Conference Finals. The LA Lakers would eventually lose in the NBA Finals, under head coach Mike Dunleavy, to the Chicago Bulls.
1991-92 culminated with the Portland Trailblazers led by Rick Adelman losing to the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals. The Blazers would beat the LA Lakers, led by Mike Dunleavy, in the First round.
The Dunleavy-Adelman connection was formed.
This connection would have new meaning to me in 1999, as a sophomore at Jesuit, when:
* My English teacher was Miss Adelman (daughter of Rick Adelman)
* The Crusaders won the state Championship in basketball(1999) – (Mike Dunleavy Jr and David Adelman were both on the team, sons of the two Blazers coaches)
* Mike Dunleavy Sr won Coach of the Year as he led the Blazers to the Western Conference Finals
* Rick Adelman took over head coaching duties for the Sacramento Kings (reuniting the Blazers first backcourt pair: Geoff Petrie and Rick Adelman, see: http://www.blazersedge.com/2013/2/19/3997028/the-first-trailblazer)
It's crazy to think that the man, the myth, the legend: Damian Lillard was still in elementary school at that point.