LANDOVER, Md. — Dressed in a suit, with a travel bag at his side, Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett walked out of Seattle’s locker room Monday night headed for the buses. But not before staking a claim for linebacker Bobby Wagner.
SAN FRANCISCO — Bryce Harper screamed out in delight as he crossed the plate with Washington ahead at last. After all those extra innings and a subdued cross-country flight, the Nationals had broken through — with a little help from Madison Bumgarner.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It had been 29 years since the Kansas City Royals had last been to the postseason — nearly three decades spent mostly in baseball’s backwater, a small-market organization on a shoe-string budget trying in vain to compete with the big boys.
It’s that question, again. If Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik were a teenager, he might roll his eyes. Instead, he pauses to think and measure his words. This subject matter is perpetually vexing.
The consolation arrived within seconds of the disappointment. After a Safeco Field scoreboard changed to show Oakland’s 4-0 victory over Texas — an outcome that eliminated the Mariners from playoff contention — a crowd of 40,823 groaned. Then a most amazing thing happened.