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Top 50 Mariner Moments, 2007: #22

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September 30th: With one out left in the season, Felix turns the ball over to JJ Putz to slam the door.

Box score & PBP

Game thread

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John McLaren, to Felix, with two down in the ninth:

"You wanna get JJ his 40th save?"

I wish I had something to add to this, but I really don't. There's nothing I could say that would make you think about this moment in a different way, or perhaps make it seem more meaningful. It was exactly what it felt like at the time - a fitting way to end a season that, all things considered, brought us more highs than lows. We all would've preferred to see the M's make the playoffs, but given that they didn't, I'm not sure you could've scripted a more fitting conclusion. Felix at his best, then departing to a standing ovation and in so doing giving way to the greatest reliever in franchise history, who ended the year with a swinging strikeout? Perfect. It allowed us to say goodbye to 2007 with a smile and a hope that we're treated to countless repeat performances in the summers to come. And it was certainly a hell of a step up from the Jake Woods variety hour that closed out the season before.

Felix for 26, JJ for 1. The American League has not seen the last of such glorious tyranny.

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