#3. Win 116 vs #6 2001 All-Star Game
Without a doubt, the best team in Mariners history was the 2001 squad. In this 3 vs 6 seed matchup, we pit two of the defining moments of that season against each other. The third seed, comes wrapped up in good memories and a sweet dose of irony.
The franchise had just watched the 3 best players in their history walk away in 3 consecutive seasons. Randy Johnson traded in ’98, Griffey traded in ’99, Alex Rodriguez signs mega contract in 2000.
Despite this, the 2001 team tied the Major League record for most wins in a single regular season. And of course, what better way to wrap up the record than by punching out the newest enemy of all the Northwest, Alex Rodriguez.
#6- 2001 Mid-Summer Classic at Safeco
This moment was really a combination of smaller achievements. Of course, 8 Mariners were named to the team, but there was even more in this game. Ichiro legged out an infield single off Randy Johnson. Cal Ripken Jr. blasted a homer in his final All-Star game. Tommy Lasorda made his famous tumble at third base.
The 2001 game was a sight to see, and the perfect way to celebrate the beautiful city of Seattle and its brand new ballpark. The simple truth is, there are too many wonderful moments in this game to pick just one. So go ahead and pick your favorite. It was truly a great game, and was a reminder of how fantastic baseball can be once again.