We’re one week away from the beginning of 2014’s installment of the storied Vedder Cup. The Mariners currently hold a 47-43 edge in the all-time series, but the Padres can even things up with a season sweep. Not only have there been several players who’ve been on both sides of baseball’s most intense interleague series (as things are scheduled right now, Chris Young should start the first game of the series in Seattle), but there are several memorable moments which define this series. Today, in no particular order, we’re going to take a look at a few of them.
07/02/1997: The First Game (Padres 8, Mariners 5)
The Padres won the very first Vedder Cup matchup on July 2, 1997, by a score of 8-5. Rickey Henderson hit the 71st leadoff home run of his career to get things rolling for the Padres. Joey Hamilton started for San Diego, giving up 3 runs and 9 hits over 7 IP. Trevor Hoffman had an uncharacteristically poor outing, entering the game and giving up 2 runs on 3 hits (including a home run to Edgar Martinez).
06/16/2001: John Olerud Hits For The Cycle (Mariners 9, Padres 2)
Have you ever heard that the Padres have yet to have a player hit for the cycle? Oh, you have. Well, one of the six cycles they’ve allowed came during Vedder Cup play. John Olerud, not the fleetest of foot, hit the second cycle during a 9-2 blowout victory for Seattle on July 16, 2001. Best known for falling out of a deer blind, Carlton Loewer started for the Padres and was hammered. Before being pulled after 2 IP, Olerud had already collected a triple and a double off of Loewer. The only player to not record a hit in the Mariners lineup on this day was Tom Lampkin. The cycle was the second of Olerud’s career, the only triple he hit in each respective season (he hit 13 in a 17-year career).
06-20-2003: Rondell White Hits A Walk-Off Grand Slam (Padres 5, Mariners 3)
The Mariners were good in 2003, finishing 93-69 and missing the playoffs through some seriously hard luck. The Padres were not good in 2003, carrying a record of 23-51 going into this game. Having been my first season as a season ticket holder, I’d seen a lot of bad baseball. This game is memorable for me, because it was one of the great moments of a season worth forgetting. With the generally dependable Jeff Nelson in to close for an oft-injured Kazuhiro Sasaki, the Mariners looked set to record a victory in yet another forgettable 2003 Padres game. However, the Padres rallied. Kind of. An infield single by Gary Matthews Jr, a Mark Kotsay walk, and a single by Mark Loretta put one run on the board. Then the Mariners walked Ryan Klesko to get the righty/righty matchup with Rondell White. Jeff Nelson hung a slider, and, well, I’ll let Matty V tell you about it:
06/29/2003: Rondell White Does It Again (Padres 8, Mariners 6)
9 days later, in Seattle, Rondell White learned that he would be the Padres’ representative at the All-Star game, the first and only appearance in his career. In the 9th inning, he once again stepped up to the plate with the Padres down, the bases loaded, and hit a grand slam home run to put the Padres up for good. This time, off of the generally dependable Arthur Rhodes. Also of note, Donaldo Mendez hit one of his 3 career home runs in this game. The Vedder Cup is a special time, and Donaldo stepped up.
What do we have in store for us this year? You’ll never know. Magic.
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