Where does this season rank all-time for the Mariners?

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Freddy Garcia hurls in the first inning of game two of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees 18 October 2001 at Safeco Field in Seattle, WA. The Yankees lead the best-of-seven game series 1-0. AFP PHOTO/John MABANGLO (Photo by JOHN G. MABANGLO / AFP) (Photo by JOHN G. MABANGLO/AFP via Getty Images)
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Freddy Garcia hurls in the first inning of game two of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees 18 October 2001 at Safeco Field in Seattle, WA. The Yankees lead the best-of-seven game series 1-0. AFP PHOTO/John MABANGLO (Photo by JOHN G. MABANGLO / AFP) (Photo by JOHN G. MABANGLO/AFP via Getty Images) /
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Mariners in 95
SEATTLE, WA – OCTOBER 9: Vince Coleman (top) and his Seattle Mariners teammates celebrate after Edgar Martinez’s (unidentified) game winning hit in the 11th inning of their 08 October playoff game against the New York Yankees in Seattle, WA. The Mariners won 6-5, to advance to the American League championship series. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read Michael Moore/AFP via Getty Images) /

#2: 1995 Refuse to Lose Mariners

How can this not be near the top of the list?

Seriously, if you watch this without getting chills or smiling, please go see a doctor. I think something may be wrong with you if that’s the case.

Go back and think about all the amazing, wonderful, crazy things that happened in 1995. MLB was coming off of the strike, and the Mariners seemed like a very talented team. They had yet to make the playoffs in their history, and 106 games into the season, it seemed like that was going to continue.

August 21, 1995. 53-53. 12.5 games back of Anaheim. Two weeks later and it was just 5.5 games. September 21, 72-63… tied for the division. This is the year that the season ended with both the Angels and the Mariners at 78-66. In case you forgot or are too young to know, here’s how that ended.

Was that the moment I truly fell in love with baseball? Possibly. What seven-year-old wouldn’t? From the incredible comeback to tie for the division, winning a tiebreaker/play-in game, to playing the Yankees in the ALDS. Remember, they were down 2-0 in that series. They would come back to tie it, and then Edgar would step to the plate. Just go watch the first video on this slide again. Maybe watch it 24 times. That’s up to you.

The more I think about it, the more I wonder if this season, 1995, is the greatest season in Mariners history. Possibly. The winner though, well, it really just seemed like they had a chance to be one of the greatest teams of all time.

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