March Madness: Sodo Mojo’s Top 32 Mariners Moments
#1. Sojo’s Slam vs #8. Perry Gets 300
In the number 1 seed in this bracket belongs to the moment when most Mariners fans knew they were going to the playoffs. After coming back from a 13 1/2 game deficit to the California Angels to force a 1 game playoff, the Mariners came home to the Kingdome.
It was a classic 1-0 game that pitted Randy Johnson vs Mark Langston. Then in the 7th inning, the Mariners managed to load the bases against their former ace with 2 outs. Then up came Mariners shortstop/utility man Luis Sojo.
On the first pitch of the at bat, Sojo hit a cue shot that somehow snuck under the sure glove of JT Snow. The ball rolled down the right field line, and insanity ensued. The end result was a little league grand slam, and one of the best moments in Mariners history.
#8- Gaylord Perry Wins Game 300
Early in their existence, there wasn’t much to celebrate for Seattle. In the teams first 5 years of existence, hosting the 1979 All-Star game was the high point for the franchise. The team hadn’t even won more than 67 games in any 1 season.
Then, on May 6th, 1982 Mariners fans got to see a historic moment. 43-year-old Gaylord Perry entered rarefied air, pitching a complete game to secure his 300th career victory. He remains the only member of the 300 win club to reach the milestone as a Mariner.
Perry became the 15th member of the 300 win club, and brought some national recognition to the Pacific Northwest, if only for a short time.