For too many years now, the arrival of August has triggered the emotional divestment of baseball season for Mariners fans. With the ballclub hopelessly out of contention, it has been time to move on to other things, like football and back-to-school shopping.
Not this year. You can nitpick the Mariners’ weaknesses, or pooh-pooh the wisdom of the second wild card. But the fact remains: The race for the American League’s final playoff spot is deliciously wide open, with the Mariners smack-dab in the middle of it.