You bet your ass they had something left.
The Seattle Mariners had just completed one of the single greatest comebacks in the history of sports to make the playoffs for the first time. Baseball in October was a brand new feeling in the Northwest, and people were excited.
The Mariners traveled to New York for their first taste of the playoffs. Griffey's two home runs were not enough to carry them in Game One, as New York won an offensive battle 9-6.
Game Two was a legendary 15-inning battle that saw another Griffey home run, but ended when Jim Leyritz hit a game-winning two run blast.
The Mariners were down 0-2 heading back to Seattle. Again, things looked bleak.
Had that amazing run to tie the Angels taken everything out of the tank? Were the Yankees just better? All of these questions lingered as Game Three approached.
Randy Johnson took the hill in the Kingdome with one job. Get Seattle to Game Four. The Big Unit gave them seven strong, striking out 10 along the way and left with the lead.
It got a little tense when Bill Risley came in and gave up two solo home runs. However, Norm Charlton came in and shut them down for an inning and a third to take the Mariners to Game Four.
Game Four was an absolute slug fest. With the game tied 6-6 in the eighth inning, Edgar Martinez came to the plate against John Wettlend with the bases loaded.
He untied the game in a hurry with a huge grand slam home run, and all of a sudden it was 10-6. The Mariners still had that magic left.
Charlton once again closed it out, although this time he wasn't as lights out, as the Yankees scratched across two more runs before the final out was recorded.
The Mariners had forced a Game Five. And what a game it would be.
The Mariners turned to Andy Benes in Game Five, the most important game in Mariners' history. Again, an epic game would take place.
With the game tied 4-4 in the ninth inning, Lou Pinella would turn to Randy Johnson out of the bullpen.
In the 11th inning with Johnson on the hill, the Yankees took the lead. To this day when I watch that game, I feel all the air suck out of me when Randy Velarde slaps that base hit to make the score 5-4. Could this be the end?
We got one more at bat. Joey Cora leads it off with an amazing bunt single, sliding into first base to avoid the tag. Life, we still have it.
Next up is Griffey, who already hit his fifth home run of the series earlier in the game. He rips a shot up the middle for a base hit. Life, we still have it.
Up next is Edgar Martinez, and. to this day, this ranks as the greatest moment of my life as a baseball fan.
He rips a shot down the line for a double! Cora scores to tie it! Griffey is coming around all the way from first, his feet are not even touching the ground, the Kid is flying, HE IS FLYING! He slides into home! SAFE! THE MARINERS WIN!
I will never forget the 1995 season. It was when I truly fell in love with baseball. The iconic image of Griffey's smiling face popping out from under the dog pile, Cora's slide into first, these are images I will take with me for the rest of my life. That is why this one is No. 1.