A's, Mariners Keep Their Independence Day Streaks Going
Baseball is nothing if not a wealth of traditions.
The Athletics franchise spans stays in three cities, and it's picked up a few along the way, three of which are:
- Their mascot comes from the team's response in 1901 when New York Giants manager John McGraw called the Philadelphia Athletics' White Elephants because of their high-maintenance spending habits;
- They're the only team whose primary color is green, thanks to Charlie Finley buying the Kansas City Athletics in 1969 and designing the uniforms himself; and
- Who wouldn't want to take in an Oakland Athletics game on Bacon Tuesday?
They've got Rally Fries.
Now, under the assumption that the same thing happening eight years in a row is approaching tradition status, each of these teams has another one.
For the 8th straight season, the A's won on the Fourth of July, the longest such streak in franchise history.— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) July 4, 2019
And for the 8th straight season, the Mariners lost on the Fourth of July, the longest such streak in franchise history.
In Oakland, Marcus Semien brought his own fireworks, going deep twice.
One was a grand slam that removed all doubt in the Athletics' 7-2 victory over Minnesota:
Up in the Pacific Northwest, if any team needed to be playing the Mariners on the Fourth of July, it was the St Louis Cardinals.
St Louis had broken from the gate quickly, too, going 20-10 before turning May into the dog days and basically breaking even in June.
Both teams desperately wanted a series win, and Independence Day featured their rubber match.
The Mariners went with an opener like their did in their Game 1 win, and the Cardinals went to the plate being less picky, which manager Mike Shildt told them it was time to do.
A bitta free swinging and a stingy bullpen led the Redbirds to a 5-4 victory:
As to the Mariners, they're all about decisions. It's what GM Jerry DiPoto does.
Maybe some day, he'll find the right combination to win a game on Independence Day. But, to the delight of a horde of Cardinals fans whose numbers and vocality overwhelmed the locals, it wasn't this day.