March Madness: Sodo Mojo’s Top 32 Mariners Moments
#2. Ichiro Breaks the Hits Record vs #7. Blowers Nails It
Our #2 seed of the first region of our bracket, belongs to Ichiro. Whenever somebody in your franchise sets a major league record, it deserves recognition on a list like this.
In 2004, nothing went right for the Mariners. After 4 consecutive 90+ win seasons, the team cratered, going an abysmal 63-99. There was just one bright spot on the season, and it of course belonged to Ichiro.
In what may have been his best season in his career, Ichiro carried a .377 BA over 161 games, and finished the season with a whopping 262 hits, breaking George Sisler’s 1923 record. It was the crowning moment of an otherwise forgettable season.
#7 Blowers Nails It
Ok, so I’ll admit this is one of the moments that had a questionable resume, but eked in. The actual play itself isn’t all that memorable, except maybe to Matt Tuiasosopo. However, it will forever be etched into the brain of Mariners fans for 2 reasons: 1. Dave Niehaus hits a home run with the call because duh, and 2. Mike Blowers predicted it would happen hours before it did.
Blowers is an excellent color man on the TV side, and is an unbelievable good teacher of the game. For those reasons, and the pure joy this brought to Mr. Niehaus, this moment claims a spot in our Top 32.