Opening Day (April 1, 2013) is 77 days away. We are counting down the 100 Walk Off Home Runs in Angels franchise history. Today we look at #77, a walk off against the team that would win 116 regular season games.
April 13, 2001 - The 2001 Seattle Mariners won 116 regular season games, an all-time Major League baseball record. They fizzled in the playoffs but, again, they won 116 regular season games, which is something. They only lost 46 games. The A's finished in second place having won 102 games - they were 14 back of the M's. The Angels finished the season 41 games behind. Considering that they made the playoffs and won it all the next season, this has to be one of the biggest year-to-year comebacks in sports history.
On April 13 of 2001, though, visions of a the M's winning 116 games and the Angels being world champions in a year and a half were dreams that bordered on delusion. The season was ten games old and 31,000+ were in attendance at a Friday night game at then Edison Field of Anaheim, many were there to see the phenom that was Ichiro Suzuki. who would go on to bat .350 with an amazing 242 hits, two more that Darin Erstad had hit in his breakout 2000 campaign.
Kazuhiro Sasaki would accrue 45 Saves for the M's that season. But with a one-run lead in the bottom of ninth inning of the tenth game of 2001 for both teams, Troy Glaus led off the frame with a single to LF and Garret Anderson hit a 2-1 pitch into the seats. Sasaki was the loser and Shigetoshi Hasegawa with 1.1 innings of relief for starter Scott Schoeneweis was the winner.