Sportspress Northwest begins nine days of coverage of the first trip to Japan by the Mariners, a franchise more connected to another nation than any in MLB. In the first of a two-part preview series, columnist Art Thiel, who is on his way to Japan with photographer Drew Sellers, looks at the extraordinary events before, during and after the club's 1992 purchase by billionaire Hiroshi Yamauchi. Some information appeared originally in Thiel's 2003 book, "Out of Left Field," a regional best-seller.
We in sports media love anniversary-date stories.
Last summer in Seattle, sports fans celebrated the 10th anniversary of the 2001 Mariners team that won 116 games, a feat that with each passing year grows closer in freakishness to the day an asteroid struck the earth and eventually wiped out the dinosaurs.