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Musicians seem to want to be athletes almost as much as athletes feel compelled to make music. Willy Braun and David Abeyta both claim if they were half as good at baseball as they are at music, there's no doubt which career they would have followed. Here are some of Reckless Kelly's favorite sports memories.

David Abeyta

I was 6 years old in the spring of 1974. I don't know if I remember seeing it when it happened or on a replay, but I do remember it, and it's vivid: watching Hank Aaron round the bases after hitting career home run number 715, with those crazy fans running the bases with him, slapping him on the back. I was captured by the game and its history. Later, of course, I realized that a chunk of the color barrier left the park along with that baseball, and I've always considered it my favorite baseball moment.

Cody Braun

My favorite sports moment was seeing my first major league ball game at Yankee Stadium with my mom, dad, and brother Willy in 1987. The Yankees played the A's and beat 'em pretty good. I've been hooked ever since.

Jimmy McFeeley

Well, ex-OU student David Abeyta isn't going to like this one, although his sister Kathy might. My favorite moment has got to be University of Texas winning the National Championship with Vince Young. UT was losing the game, and right before the most important play of the game, when the defense held USC on fourth down, a girl named Kelly at the gathering I was attending got up and said, "I'm leaving." She gave up and said that she was a bad luck charm, and if she left, UT would turn it around. She left, and they turned it around.

Willy Braun

My best sports moment, hands down, was when I got to go to Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS between the Red Sox and the Yanks at Fenway Park. It was the famous "Dave Roberts Game," when Roberts stole second base to later be knocked in by Bill Mueller to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth. After a few scoreless innings, David "Big Papi" Ortiz mashed a fastball that just cleared the right-field wall and into the Red Sox bullpen to win the game. It was the first win of the Sox's historic eight-game post-season streak that buried the "Curse of the Bambino," and I'm quite sure I will never see another game that good again. Being able to be there when the Sox finally bested the Yanks was, to say the least, special and unforgettable. The only other experience that comes close was meeting [Red Sox on-field reporter] Heidi Watney at the Sox/'Stros game last week. Someday we shall be wed!

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