Opening Day, whenever that day comes in 2020, will continue the tradition of the Mariners rolling out their best, healthiest pitcher in front of a packed house. Through the weirdo ‘70s and ‘80s, the halcyon days of the ‘90s and early 2000s, and into the 2010s, the Mariners have usually had a thoroughbred to begin their ride with.
Some of the best pitchers in Mariner history (namely Hisashi Iwakuma, Jim Beattie, and James Paxton), never got the chance to throw Seattle’s first pitch of a season. Other people got to do it six or more times. Of the one offs, one of them will probably make you mad, two are staples of these quizzes, and one is a person whose name I only know because he threw the inaugural pitch in franchise history.
With this year’s Opening Day shrouded in uncertainty, try to remember the good ol’ days when we had baseball and dominant pitchers rather than a stupid virus who probably can’t even locate a fastball.