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.
RENTON — Demaryius Thomas caught the short pass but never got the chance to turn up field. Before he could break away, as he did so many times for Denver during the 2013 season, Thomas was flattened by Seattle strong safety Kam Chancellor.