Mariners swept on Edgar’s weekend, fall from Wild Card lead
This was supposed to be a weekend of celebration and elation as the Seattle Mariners could not find any mojo against the feckless LA Angels. Three of the games were comeback losses that saw a team suffer bullpen meltdowns as strong starting pitching performances were wasted. Timely hitting was missing too which seems completely at odds with the legacy of the man himself, Edgar Martinez whose number was retired on Saturday night.
Aug 10 vs LA Angels L 6 – 3
Aug 11 vs LA Angels L 6 – 5
Aug 12 vs LA Angels L 6 – 3
Aug 13 vs LA Angels L 4 – 2
The LA Angels now take over control of the Wild Card as the M’s are on the outside looking in. To get back in the hunt, the M’s will need to find a way to overcome a 2 game lead by the team who just swept them.
Edgar’s number retiredForget the games, this was a weekend to honor the greatest Mariner of them all, Edgar Martinez. This weekend each game was sold out as festivities honored Gar. Deafening chants of Eddddd-garrrrrr rang through Safeco as they M’s fans showed their love in the loudest manner possible.
Famous former Mariners such as Ken Griffey Jr, Lou Pinella, Jay Buhner, and Dan Wilson all appeared to pay tribute to Edgar.
“Baseball; what a wonderful game,” he said in a speech during the ceremony. “Because of baseball, I met my wife, I have a wonderful family, I have all these awards, the street, number retired. … When I thought baseball gave me everything it has, it gives me more.” –Edgar Martinez
Edgar is the M’s career leader in a host of stats. He received 58.6% of the Hall of Fame vote in 2017, falling short of the required of the 75% to be elected, but seeing a major jump from the 43.4% he tallied the year prior. His number became the second to be retired in Seattle, next to Ken Griffey Jr.
A career of #Exce11ence.
Edgar Martinez: By the Numbers. pic.twitter.com/9inpxIoA3U
— MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) August 12, 2017
Former Mariner legend Randy Johnson said:
“Edgar Martinez is, hands down, the best hitter that I’ve ever seen,” “I’m glad I didn’t have to face him too much. Having seen him play from ’89 to all the way when I left, I got to see him a lot against great pitchers. Like I said, hands down, he is the best pure hitter that I got to see on a nightly basis. And I hope that his time comes soon, that he gets a phone call stating that he’s a Hall of Fame player, because he is.”
Former opposing pitcher and hall of famer, Pedro Martinez said:
“The toughest guy I faced I think — with all due respect to all the players in the league — was Edgar Martinez,” “He had to make me throw at least 13 fastballs above 95 (each time we faced). I was hard-breathing after that. Edgar was a guy that had the ability to foul off pitches, and it pissed me off because I couldn’t get the guy out.”
Even Cal Ripken Jr would make an appearance via video:
“Eighteen years with one team, in one city — Seattle. Edgar, your baseball journey is far from over. And we’ll be there with your when that door opens as your name echoes throughout the Hall.”