Who can forget when John Wetteland, the new Mariners bullpen coach, wasn’t part of the home side in the Emerald City? Not him. Especially not the day of Oct. 7, 1995, when Wetteland tried to close out the eighth inning of Game 4 of the ALDS. Wetteland wound up yielding a tie-breaking grand slam to Edgar Martinez, the aftermath of which was captured by the Times in the image to the left.
“I remember all that like it was yesterday,” Wetteland said this afternoon, in a conference call after he was named bullpen coach and Rick Adair, the ex-Mariner farmhand, became the pitching coach. “The one I remember most is Edgar Martinez’s grand slam off a horrible inning I had.”
Wetteland had a friend in town that day, a pastor he was close to. He took him out to a restaurant to eat after the game and the hostess — still pumped up from Seattle’s 11-6 win that forced a decisive Game 5 — asked Wetteland if he’d been at the game.
“My friend just laughed,” Wetteland said.
But the pitcher was a good sport about it.
“I said ‘I probably had the best seat in the house.’ ”
I’ve got to say, this is certainly a departure from the team’s previous pre-occupation with all things 1995. They’ve already run the gamut of bringing back the “heroes” from that team. Now, even the “villains” are getting a shot. What’s next? Manny Ramirez (who helped beat Seattle in the ALCS that year) coming in as the hitting coach? Probably the only way the M’s could afford him.
December 3, 2008 at 4:25 PM