Watch Mariners End Playoff Drought In Most Dramatic Fashion

You could not have written a better script. The Seattle Mariners were on the verge of ending the longest playoff drought in all of the North American professional sports leagues. All they needed was a win. And there they were, tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th, two outs, and a full count on Cal Raleigh. And then this happened:

Raleigh blasted his 26th homer of the year down the right field line, and 21 years of being on the outside looking in at the postseason, was over. "The moment when I knew it was fair and then looking at the team and everybody's jumping, it was just crazy," Raleigh said.

And they celebrated with a playoff dance. 

The Mariners had played 3,138 games since their last appearance in the playoffs. 702 postseason games have been played in MLB since then. For even more perspective, the New York Yankees have been in the playoffs 16 times since the Mariners last made it. The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals 13 times each. 

Now, the Seattle Mariners have finally joined the party once again. They've locked up one of the three Wild Card spots in the American League, but could still finish anywhere from the top spot to the 3rd. Only the first WC finisher gets home field advantage for the best-of-three opening round series. 

"Those fans, they love baseball," said starting pitcher Logan Gilbert. "They’ve supported us the whole year. We want to be back here next weekend."

Still more work to do. But in the meantime, last night, they were Sleepless in Seattle.