Five key members of the "Miracle M's" team of 1995 were back together, if only for a brief moment, as the 2010 Mariners opened their season at Safeco Field today.
Unfortunately, the Oakland Athletics ruined the Seattle Mariners' reunion party, by defeating Seattle at its home opener, 4-0.
After Big Unit Randy Johnson threw the first pitch to former M's catcher Dan Wilson, they were greeted by Ken Griffey Jr., Jay Buehner and Edgar Martinez.
Twelve years after he last threw a pitch for the
Seattle Mariners, recently retired Randy Johnson says he thinksback fondly on being a big part of the franchise.
The 6-foot-10 Johnson tossed the first pitch, as the 2010 M's prepared to take on the OaklandAthletics in the season's home opener.
The 46-year-old lefty announced his retirement in January after 22 major league seasons and five Cy Young Awards.
Johnson became just the 18th pitcher since 1901 to win 300 gamesand 24th overall. He finished with 303 victories.
Johnson won 130 times for the Mariners between 1989-1998, whenhe became the most feared left-handed pitcher in baseball and thenickname "The Big Unit" became his moniker.
He remains the franchise leader in shutouts and strikeouts.
While the crowd got a big kick out of seeing the old Mariners on the field once again -- they were equally dismayed to watch the current team drop its 6th game of the season. That's after the team started the year with playoff aspirations -- following a splashy offseason. This is now the Mariners' worst start since going 1-7 in 2004.
Oakland's Justin Duchscherer was terrific in his second start in 20 months, pitching into the eighth inning to help the A's win.
Cliff Pennington homered and Gabe Gross had a two-run single forOakland, off to a surprising 6-2 start.
Duchscherer (1-0) allowed two hits and walked two in 7 1-3innings. The right-hander, a two-time All-Star, missed last seasonbecause of an elbow injury and was later treated for clinicaldepression.
Ryan Rowland-Smith (0-1) allowed just three hits in seveninnings for Seattle, but issued a career-high five walks andallowed four runs.
The 32-year-old Duchscherer didn't make his spring debut untilMarch 22. Then he allowed five runs and seven hits over 5 2-3innings in a no-decision last week against Seattle, a game that theA's won late.
His second start since Aug. 18, 2008, was even better. He twicestruck out Ken Griffey Jr., the second time with the tying run onthird in the fourth inning.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times