From April to September, from Boston to Seattle, people sat down night after night after night to watch their hometown baseball team more than everything else on television.
Lloyd McClendon's words after wrapping up his first season as manager in Seattle laid the foundation that just being in postseason contention until the final day won't be acceptable for the Mariners going forward.
Seattle's Felix Hernandez won his second AL ERA title, pitching 5 1-3 scoreless innings against the Los Angeles Angels and leaving about 10 minutes after the Mariners were eliminated from playoff contention by Oakland's win at Texas.
Felix Hernandez threw five shutout innings to secure the American League ERA title, but the Mariners were eliminated from the postseason despite a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.
The Seattle Mariners stayed in the AL playoff race Saturday night, forcing the chase down to the final day when Austin Jackson barely beat a double-play relay in the 11th inning to edge the Los Angeles Angels 2-1.
Kendrys Morales, Michael Saunders and Dustin Ackley homered against Jered Weaver, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Friday night to remain in the hunt for a playoff spot.
Logan Morrison hit two home runs, Mike Zunino also connected and the Seattle Mariners kept their faint playoff hopes alive, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5 Thursday.
Taijuan Walker turned in the best start of his career, but it wasn't enough to get the slumping Seattle Mariners back on track.
Dalton Pompey hit his first major league homer and the Toronto Blue Jays roughed up Felix Hernandez for a career worst-tying eight earned runs in a 10-2 victory over the Mariners that further dented Seattle's fading wild-card chances.
Jose Bautista homered and reached base four times, J.A. Happ won for the first time in four starts and the Toronto Blue Jays dealt a blow to Seattle's wild card hopes, routing the Mariners 14-4 Monday night.
Seattle's playoff hopes took another hit, as Jake Marisnick had a three-run homer for the second straight game and Alex Presley drove in two runs to lead the Houston Astros to an 8-3 win over the Mariners on Sunday.
Seattle starter Chris Young got hit hard and the Mariners missed a chance to move up in the AL playoff race, yielding five home runs Saturday night in a 10-1 loss to the Houston Astros.
Dustin Ackley hit two solo homers, and Mike Zunino and Kyle Seager each hit three-run shots in a seven-run fourth inning as the Seattle Mariners cruised to a 10-5 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night.
Logan Morrison hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning that broke a scoreless tie, and the Seattle Mariners boosted their wild-card hopes with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.