An ode to July 5: The last time the Mariners won
Posted by Jerry Brewer
I'll never forget where I was that magical night, July 5, when the Mariners last won a game.
OK, scratch that. I have forgotten. If you're normal, you probably have, too, unless there's a really, really good story attached to it. July 5 was a lame, back-to-work kind of day for everyone except the Mariners. They're either still in Independence Day mode or went on an unplanned, unannounced summer vacation.
Since a 4-2 victory over Oakland -- in 10 innings! -- on July 5, the Mariners have lost a franchise-record 15 straight games. They haven't won a game in 20 days. The way the Mariners are playing now, they might need to honor that July 5 team just to remember the good ol' mediocre days.
The last time they were victorious, the NFL lockout was on, Amy Winehouse was alive, and Tiger Woods had a caddy. The last time they were victorious, NBA players weren't fleeing to Turkey, Casey Anthony had just been acquitted and Derek Jeter had 2,996 career hits.
Long time ago.
Long, long time ago.
Since then: 2-0 loss, 5-1 loss, 4-3 loss, 9-3 loss, 4-2 loss, 5-0 loss, 4-0 loss, 5-1 loss, 3-1 loss, 6-5 loss, 11-6 loss, 7-5 loss, 7-4 loss, 3-1 loss, 12-8 loss.
It is the Mariners' most consistent stretch of the season, sadly.
But we're not here solely to remember the bad times. We're here to use the last good time to mock the bad times.
July 5 was a prelude to disaster, but how fun it was. The Mariners were at their mediocre best back then.
That 4-2 triumph at Oakland brought the Mariners back to .500. They were 43-43 at the time. They were just 2 ½ games behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West. Dustin Ackley hit a home run. Carlos Peguero drove in a run(!). Felix Hernandez allowed one run over eight innings. Brandon League cost King Felix a chance at victory with a blown save in the ninth inning, but for once, his mistake didn't lead to a loss. The Mariners responded in the 10th inning by doing the little things. Frank Gutierrez singled, stole second and eventually scored the go-ahead run. Ichiro slid hard into second base to break up a potential double play. Later, A's shortstop Cliff Pennington committed a throwing error, which allowed Gutierrez to score, and the Mariners were on their way to another hard-fought win.
What a gutsy team, we thought then.
Maybe they'll be in the pennant race for a while, we thought then.
They definitely should be buyers at the trade deadline, we thought then.
Uh, well, fire everybody?
I've gotten my hair cut twice since the Mariners last won -- and I don't have that much hair. Worst of all, this losing streak cost manager Eric Wedge his conspicuously awesome mustache, which will surely make guys like this wonder whether life is worth it anymore.
It has been a rough last 15 games, and it might get worse with the Yankees up next.
But at least we have July 5. They'll never be able to take that from ...
Oh, phooey. Never mind.
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