Game 36 vs. Seattle Mariners: Thanks For The Help

Let's just run down a few key acquisitions made by the Red Sox that had some dealings with the Seattle Mariners.

July 31, 1997: Seattle Mariners trade Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek to the Boston Red Sox for Heathcliff Slocumb. 

August 6, 2003: Boston Red Sox pick Mike Myers up off waivers from Seattle Mariners

February 20, 2013: Boston Red Sox purchase Mike Carp from Seattle Mariners

Lowe and Varitek undoubtedly helped the Red Sox win the 2004 World Series. Mike Myers and Mike Carp were more bit players, but I will consider them as additional gifts from the Seattle Mariners.

Sure, the Red Sox sent Jamie Moyer to Seattle in return for Darren Bragg, but the Mariners didn't win a World Series with Jamie Moyer, so arguably the Red Sox have made it out on top of the trade history between the two teams.

Today's a short post, but that's the way it goes!

Game 35 vs. Seattle Mariners: Larry Andersen / David Ortiz

Since the introduction of the unbalanced schedule and interleague play, the Red Sox and Mariners have only played each other a half dozen times or so over each of the last few years. Back in the 1970's, these teams faced off 10-12 times a year. The Red Sox trip to Seattle this weekend is their only trip. The Mariners will visit Fenway for a three game set in mid-August.

Looking at the players that have worn the uniform of both teams, there are a ton of players with memorable connections to one or both of these franchises. Larry Andersen played two seasons with the Mariners, but he is remembered far more often for being part of the infamous trade that sent Red Sox minor league prospect Jeff Bagwell to the Houston Astros in 1990. Andersen was great down the stretch for the 1990 Red Sox, but he left as a free agent at the end of the season, while Bagwell went on to hit 449 home runs while winning Rookie of the Year honors and picking up a NL MVP award along the way.

The Seattle Mariners have their own Bagwellian blunder, because they traded David Ortiz to the Twins in 1996 as part of a deal that sent Dave Hollins to the Mariners. Hollins played in just 28 games for the Mariners and left as a free agent. Everybody pokes fun at the Minnesota Twins for letting Big Papi walk, but nobody mentions the fact that Seattle had him to begin with!

Perhaps Big Papi will launch a few more home runs to remind the Mariners of the talent they gave up so easily almost 20 years ago.