4 best Opening Day performances in Seattle Mariners history

Opening Day is finally here and today we look at the best performances in Mariners history

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The top 2 offensive performances in Mariner's history

#1 Jim Presley vs California Angels in 1986, (3 for 4, 2 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI's)

Now, I am not going to lie. I was not awake during this performance, but there is no denying what Jim did on this Opening Day. Pressley would go on to become an All-Star in his age-24 season for a Mariners team that was just not competitive, winning just 67 games. Presley would go on to play through his age 29 season before retiring after the 1991 season where he only played in 20 games.

On this particular date, April 8th, 1986, Presley was one of the best in the game. Against a talented California Angels team that featured Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson and a few solid bats in Ruppert Jones, Wally Joyner, and Bobby Grich, the Mariners went into the bottom of the ninth down by two runs.

This is where Presley stepped up big time; Presley hit a two-run home run to center field that tied the game up, sending the game to extra innings. In the bottom of the 10th, this is where Presley's incredible game was etched into Mariner's history. With two outs and the bases loaded, Presley hit a bomb to centerfield, again, giving the Mariners a walk-off grand slam!

2005 - Richie Sexson vs Minnesota Twins (2 for 5, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI's)

For a Mariners team that struggled through the mid-2000s, Richie Sexson was a very big addition, and it was really fun to watch the 6'8 first baseman hit some absolute moon shots. It was more of the same during this 2005 effort from the "Big Sexy" when he hit two home runs driving in all five of the Mariners' runs in just three at-bats.

The Mariners team that day struggled mightily! The team registered just five hits, but Sexson accounted for two of them and all five of the Mariners RBI's. Sexson hit a three-home run in the bottom of the first that gave the Mariners an early lead. In a game when Mariners pitching didn't give up an earned run, Sexson gave the Mariners a five-run lead in the bottom of the third as the Mariners pitching staff coasted to an Opening Day win.