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‘Let’s F—ing Party’: The Mariners Finally End Their 21-Year Playoff Drought

Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports

After two decades of bad decisions and bad bounces and bad play, it’s time for Seattle baseball to celebrate again.

SEATTLE — The night before they set out to make history, the Mariners general manager, his top lieutenant and the team’s manager sat inside an office. Their team had not played well lately, and yet, all of one win stood between them and the franchise’s first postseason berth in more than two decades.

Suddenly, their catcher, Cal Raleigh, walked in. The manager, Scott Servais, needed to deliver some less-than-ideal news.