Silvi Says: 2022 Mariners hope to overcome history

The Mariners can’t let the past interfere with their quest for a long-awaited spot in the playoffs.

SEATTLE — The Mariners are on the verge of doing something they haven’t done since 2001 — making the playoffs. It’s one of the most repeated lines in Seattle sports in the past two decades.

But they also did something that 2001 season that they repeated here in 2022. They had a massive meltdown 21 years ago that mirrored Sunday’s debacle in Kansas City. In that final game against the Royals, the Mariners blew a nine-run lead and lost.

Flashback to August 5, 2001.

On that fateful night in Cleveland, the Mariners gambled away a 12-run lead, earning them a share in the biggest collapse in MLB history. In the 7th inning they took a 14-2 lead and ended up losing 15-14. It was a little painful for Mariners fans at the time, but they also knew it would surely be an anomaly in what is still considered the best in the league in a record-breaking season in which their team was expected to win 116 games. Time stamp for regular season wins.

That’s why “Royal Bumble” was just a small flash on the radar on Sunday. Managers and coaches alike will tell you that a loss is a loss no matter the outcome. It’s a game.

The way wild card standings look right now, there’s a decent chance the Mariners will open the postseason in Cleveland, at the same stadium where they lost a playoff game 17-2 20 years ago.

The same stadium where they set the record for the largest MLB collapse.

What does this mean for today’s seafarers?

After losing to Cleveland by 15 runs in Game 3, they won the series in five games.

It’s not a bane on this club just because they have the longest playoff drought in pro sports.

Or simply because they’re the only active MLB franchise that never plays in a World Series.

Or just because they still hold the record for the largest collapse in baseball history.

Remember, the 2001 team had a franchise-record eight All-Stars.

I’d also be remiss if I didn’t mention an all-star con man in Al Martin. You remember Al. He played 11 seasons in the majors.

In his “thought,” he also played two college football seasons at USC, which included the stories to this story. Until it was later revealed that USC had no record of Al Martin ever being enrolled at the school.

He was one of the more intriguing by-products on that 2001 team.

In 2022 there will be no sideshows. Just a well-built team coming through an unlucky game that proved anything can happen in professional sports.

Like the last of 30 major league teams to finally make the World Series. Silvi Says: 2022 Mariners hope to overcome history

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