March Madness: Sodo Mojo’s Top 32 Mariners Moments
#4. Griffey Robs Gonzales vs #5 Cameron Robs Jeter
It is fitting that the two greatest centerfielders in Mariners history find themselves matched up against each other in the first round.
The 4 seed belongs to Griffey’s absolute highway robbery of Luis Gonzales’ home run. On August 9, 1998, Griffey sprinted from centerfield to the right centerfield wall. As he approached the fence he lept high in the air, and pulled back a souvenir he had no business stealing from a fan.
The catch is incredible, and can be debated as the best defensive play from the best player in franchise history.
#5. Cameron Robs Jeter
There is nothing harder in sports than replacing a legend. In fact, not only did Mike Cameron have to replace Griffey, he was the biggest piece in the trade that sent Griffey to Cincinnati. Most of the fan base was skeptical. After all, who could ever do it better than Griffey?
Well, Cammy came dang close. On April 7th, 2000, Cameron tracked a long flyball off the bat of Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. What he did next was unbelievable. He leaped halfway up the wall, and snagged the ball at the end of his long glove. Coming back down from his initial flight, he casually flipped the ball to himself as if to say, ” what else you got?”.
Cameron will always be a personal favorite, as he was tasked with an impossible job, and performed excellently and passed with flying colors.