Monday, February 14, 2005

the '95 season and Howard Dean

It was 10 years ago this upcoming Oct that the M's were in the playoffs for the first time. They came back from a 0-2 deficit to the evil empire in 5 games. For those of you not familiar with this huge event in Mariner history, allow me to give you a very brief description.

This was the first year of the wild card. Owners of the M's had talked about selling the team, potentially to some folks in Florida. In '95, there was also a new stadium build in the state legislature. The M's defeated the Angels in a playoff game to win the AL West title. They faced the dreaded "evil empire" in Round 1. They lost both games in NY, and returned to Seattle for 3 games. It was Edgar's double in the bottom of the 9th in game 5 that drove in Griffey Jr from first to capture the win. It saved baseball in the NW and the momentum from that magical moment still has M's fans coming back for more. That '95 team is responsible for Safeco Field.

After that awesome victory, they went on to lose to Cleveland. The manager of that Cleveland team is the current M's manager, Mike Hargrove.

On a different note...

I am very glad that Terry McAuliffe is no longer the Democratic chairman. I did not like how aggressive he was. I feel that he is partially responsible for dividing this nation, not as responsible as GW, but he still did play a role. (Perhaps 10% responsible.) I feel that Howard Dean will patch our relationship with those on the other side of the aisle, as long as he does not scream. He brings the proper amount of tenacity with a balanced approached to arguments. I always felt that Terry was defensive during arguments and, personally, seemed to allow his emotions get the better of him. More so than any scream by Dean. I hope this is the start of something good.

2 comments:

JB said...

Hey - wasn't that also the year they came back from 13 down in August to the then-California Angels?

Josh said...

Thanks JB for bringing that memory back. I think you are dead on, and in looking at your blog, you bring a decent amount of sports knowledge to your posts. Since then, the months of August and September have been the place of many bad memories for the M's.