March Madness: Sodo Mojo’s Top 32 Mariners Moments
#3. Randy Johnson No-No vs #6 Jay Buhner Cycle
The original list called for this to be a battle of no hitters. Randy Johnson throwing the first in Mariners history vs Chris Bosio throwing the second. But in the grand scheme of things, Bosio is a foot note in Mariners history, while Jay Buhner is in the teams hall of fame.
Though the cycle is more rare than the No-Hitter, the first in your franchises history is special. Just ask the San Diego Pad… never mind. At the time, The Big Unit was still struggling with his command at the time, and had yet to become the dominate force we remember.
Johnson walker 6 hitters that day, but got the 27th out on a strike out, to blank the Tigers.
#6 Jay Buhner’s Cycle
Yes, hitting for the cycle is incredibly rare. I know the stats about how it is rarer than a no-hitter. And like RJ51’s no-hitter, Buhner was the first to accomplish this feat in a Mariners uniform. Because these 2 were the first to accomplish these tasks, it seems fitting they would matchup against each other.
Both of these moments might be at a slight disadvantage going in, because they happened over the course of the entire game, not in one single action on the field. But 2 feats as rare as these must be remembered as great moment’s in Mariners history.
Of course, perhaps as fitting as Johnson’s no-hitter ending in a strikeout, Buhner completed the cycle on the rarest of all hits, the triple.