On Friday, fans of the Atlanta Braves got to experience something Seattleites have, for 50 years, been longing for: a World Series parade. And even though Mariners die-hards have sat idly by while other teams have been crowned champions (then dethroned, then crowned again), this one stings a little more.
After, count 'em, 162 regular season games, the Mariners finished with an impressive 90-72 record but missed the postseason. The Braves, who've just finished scraping up confetti off the pavement, finished at 88-74. Yep. The Mariners had to sit at home and watch a team with a worse season go out and win a World Series.
Somehow, this wasn't a franchise first. The last team to have a better regular season record than the eventual champions and miss the playoffs was...the 2003 Mariners. Does it ever end?
To make matters worse, two fan favorites have their bags packed and a foot out the door just days into the offseason. The Mariners have declined to pick up Kyle Seager's option for 2022, allowing one of the franchise's all-time greats to enter free agency. The same goes for pitcher Yusei Kikuchi, who was the only Mariner to make the 2021 All-Star Game.
For tortured fans, the offseason is a time of tranquility. Sports fandom's panic room, where your team is incapable of hurting you. That is, unless you're a Mariners fan, I guess.