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caption: Seattle Mariners first base coach Kristopher Negron smiles in the dugout as the team warms up before a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, in Seattle. The Mariners won 3-1.
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Seattle Mariners first base coach Kristopher Negron smiles in the dugout as the team warms up before a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, in Seattle. The Mariners won 3-1.
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Home run: Mariners heading to the playoffs


The Seattle Mariners have done it. After 21 years, the baseball team is finally returning to the playoffs.

You couldn't have written it any better. Tied game in the bottom of the ninth inning, two outs, and a pinch hitting Cal Raleigh sends a solo home run to right field for the walk off win. With that, the Mariners officially clinched their spot in the postseason.

"I mean, 21 years," said longtime fan Adam McCrow moments after the win Friday night. "That's a long time to wait, but worth every second. So pretty happy right now. Where were you in 2001? Where were you 21 years ago? I actually went to the game. You know, that night it was pretty stellar, but a little somber too. And so having this moment tonight, where you could absolutely let go and just, you know, cheer like a madman, it was awesome."

Friday night's win was capped off by fireworks and the players celebrating on the field.

The Mariners start a four-game series against the Tigers Monday night, Oct. 3, in Seattle to finish the regular season. The team then heads to the playoffs for the first time in decades.

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