Reds Country has a rooting-interest in this year's Major League Baseball playoffs. The Seattle Mariners clinched a postseason berth with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning on Friday night.
Mariners' catcher Cal Raleigh sent a moonshot off the foul pole in right field and secured a 2-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics and send Seattle to the playoffs for the first time since 2001.
While the Cincinnati Reds will be sitting at hone watching this year's postseason, the franchise will be well-represented. Jesse Winker, Luis Castillo, and Eugenio Suarez, all of whom were dealt to the Mariners this year, will all be part of Seattle's postseason roster.
Mariners' 2022 postseason berth has Jay Bruce-vibes from Reds' 2010 squad.
The Seattle Mariners' playoff drought is over. With one swing of the bat, Cal Raleigh transformed the Emerald City into a World Series contender. The home run off the bat of the Mariners' catcher was eerily similar to the 2010 walk-off home run that sent the Cincinnati Reds to the postseason.
Jay Bruce took the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the ninth inning of a 2-2 ballgame and crushed it to left-center field with his finger pointed toward the heavens. The ball smacked off the batters' eye as Bruce rounded the bases at a feverish pace and was met at home plate by his teammates.
Jay Bruce's home run sent the Cincinnati Reds to the playoffs for the first time since 1995 and it was the team's first division championship since the 1990 wire-to-wire Reds ball club won it all in decisive fashion.
Let's hope, for the sake of Eugenio Suarez, Jesse Winker, and Luis Castillo, that the Seattle Mariners don't only break their 21-year playoff drought, bu actually advance to the World Series for the first time in team history.