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Mariners pay tribute to Bay Area’s Smash Mouth, show Athletics finger and thumb in the shape of an L on their forehead

Some baseball analysts who love to tweet about the Mariners’ historic playoff drought—not naming names here, of course—aren’t technically wrong about the team, but in a laser-sharp focus on the playoffs or lack thereof they do miss the day-in-day-out wackiness of what makes this team fun, even when they’re frustrating. The Oakland Athletics are objectively a better team than the 2020 Mariners, but today found themselves solidly beaten in back-to-back games by a Mariners squad that seemed hellbent on fixing their run differential all in one day.

Buddy, I gotta tell you, the first couple innings of this game did not portend the outcome of today’s contest at all.