It took more than two decades – but the Seattle Mariners are back in the playoffs.

In a 1-1 game in the ninth inning, the team was looking for a hero.

That was 21-year-old catcher Cal Raleigh, who came up with the biggest hit of his life.

With two outs left he drove a breaking ball off Oakland Athletics pitcher Domingo Acevedo out of the ballpark to walk it off.


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As you’d imagine the Mariner’s home crowd went wild, as it marks the first time the team will qualify for a postseason birth since 2001.

For context on how long it’s been, Mariner’s Japanese star outfielder was just 27 years old in his rookie season.

The U.S. has had four different presidents since then.  

The New England Patriots and Tom Brady have combined for seven Super Bowls.

Heck, the Chicago Cubs even won a World Series in a non-video game fashion.

While the pain is finally over at least for now for Mariners fans, there are teams with some long active droughts.

None are more than two decades long, but NBA’s Sacramento Kings have the longest one – not qualifying for the postseason since 2005-2006.

The Kings are followed by the NFL’s New York Jets and the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, which both haven’t appeared in the playoffs since 2011, or 11 years.

To end the long playoff droughts, the Mariners have been active since the offseason in making moves.

That includes the Mariners acquiring infielder Eugenio Suárez and pitcher Luis Castillo in trades.

Additionally, young talents including pitcher Logan Gilbert and especially Julio Rodríguez have emerged.

Rodriguez reportedly recently signed a 12-year contract worth around $210 million.

And now it’s playoff time for the Mariners.

But it won’t be easy as they will have to play a best-of-three game series against either the Toronto Blue JaysCleveland Indians or the Tampa Bay Rays in the wild-card round.

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