Pacific Northwest fans are enjoying high level of play from their beloved sports franchises. The Seahawks are tied for first in the NFC West, the Kraken are one of the hottest teams in the NHL, and the long suffering Mariners finally broke their 21-year playoff drought this past fall.
The Mariners captured the hearts of fans across the region, and reminded the world why Seattle is a great baseball town. Of a season filled with countless memorable moments, none was bigger than the moment the Mariners finally ended the drought.
On October 1st, tied 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, catcher Cal Raleigh took to the plate to hit a solo home run deep to right field. The rest, as they say, is history.
Cal Raleigh has earned himself legend status in the City of Seattle, and on Sunday he will be honored by the neighboring Seahawks. Raleigh will partake in the time-honored Seahawk tradition of raising the 12th Man Flag in the south end zone.
Raleigh’s 27 home runs weren’t just a Mariners franchise record for a catcher, it actually lead all of Major League Baseball at the position.
When the Mariners resume in the Spring, it’s safe to say there will be plenty of No. 29 jerseys at T-Mobile Park. But for now, Raleigh will be wearing navy and action green to hype up the 12th Man.