I enjoyed watching Edgar Martinez play while growing up. I would say that watching and hearing about Edgar was how I truly came to understand what a designated hitter was.
With just three more wins needed to reach 300 total for his career, 43-year-old Gaylord Perry signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners on March 5, 1982. Perry then earned his 300th win that May when he went the distance to beat New York at the Kingdome, 7-3.
Ken Griffey, Jr. and Mike Piazza were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame a couple weeks ago. Griffey was elected into the Hall earning a record-setting 99.32% of the votes. His speech is long and emotional, but certainly worth a watch.
You don’t see a lot of hip hop songs about baseball, but this one by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is pretty good. This elegy for legendary Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus was performed at Safeco Field after Niehaus’ death in 2010.
Major League Baseball hasn’t always started seasons in March. In fact, the first time a Major League season did so was on March 31, 1996 in Seattle. The Mariners beat the White Sox 3-2 in twelve innings at the Kingdome.
I can do that (foul off pitches) intentionally. They were borderline. And I was trying to get the pitcher to make a mistake.
It was a totally different feeling. I was excited. I was nervous all in one. The closest thing that compares is when I was a little kid and my mom would take me to Toys ‘R’ Us when you can pick out anything you want. I was like a little kid in a candy store. It was awesome.
~Cleveland Indians’ pitcher, C.C. Sabathia, after he won a playoff game against the Seattle Mariners