Today we are going to look back at a player who could probably also qualify for our “Short stint studs” series. However, since it is Thursday, and technically is a throwback, we are going to talk about Mariners former first baseman Dae-ho Lee right here, right now.
Lee became a fan favorite the minute he put on the M’s uniform. From his giddy demeanor to his ability to come up with the clutch hit, you’d be hard-pressed to find a Mariner’s fan with negative memories of the big first baseman.
Although he only managed to stick around for the 2016 season, his time was enjoyed by many fans while he was with the Mariners. From big-time RBI games to walk-off home runs, Dae-Ho Lee was able to bring joy to M’s fans during their attempted run at the Wild Card that year.
Here are a few of his brightest moments in the navy and teal.
A Walk-Off Homer for Dae-Ho Lee vs. Jake Deikman
While his time in Seattle was short, it was as electric as they come. Here is his walk-off blast against Texas that ended a 5 game losing streak for the Mariners in 2016.
A 2-Homer Game for Dae-Ho Lee vs. Oakland
As I mentioned before, the man had a knack for coming up with some clutch hits. In this instance, Lee started this Mariners comeback with a homer and put the M’s on top with another one inning later. (Keep listening past the 1:45 mark to hear the call from his home country of South Korea).
Dae-ho Shines as Mariners come back from down 12-2 to defeat Padres
This is more of a team flashback, looking back at the Mariner’s incredible comeback in San Diego, but Dae-ho certainly did his part, contributing to 5 of the Mariners 16 runs.
All though he only spent one season with the team, Dae-ho Lee is one of those Mariners that people following the team won’t easily forget. The 2016 version of this team was full of short stint guys that casual fans might not even remember playing for the team (Chris Ianetta anyone?).
Of all those short-term Mariners, Dae-ho is by far the most memorable from what otherwise was just another “close, but no cigar” season.