Ryan Langerhans walk-off home run Tuesday night was the second of a month in which the Seattle Mariners are 12-11.
A fourth outfielder-type player who spent most of the year in the minor leagues for Washington - once again the worst team in baseball - Langerhans is a poster boy for this franchise in 2009.
The Mariners have won 65 games this season, and you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone on the roster who hasn't contributed. And quite a few no longer on the active roster.
Josh Wilson, who barely played for a month, was a remarkable force for 10 days when Jack Wilson was down with a hamstring strain.
Remember Endy Chavez? Garrett Olson? Brandon Morrow? Ronny Cedeno? Yuniesky Betancoure? Chris Woodward?
Every one of them helped the Mariners win games.
Jack Hannahan and Michael Saunders, Chris Jakubauskas and Denny Stark, Carlos Silva and Roy Corcoran.
What the '09 Mariners have done with a collection of journeymen and youngsters, independent league graduates and players in the twilights of their careers is nothing short of remarkable.
Long term, the Mariners have developed pieces to a winning team this season, and done so while entertaining the masses along the way.
Ken Grifffey Jr. and Mike Sweeney have both won games this season. Do either have a future in Seattle beyond '09?
If the Mariners have done nothing else this season, they've restored an element of credibility within the game.
Jack Zduriencik knows talent - not just easy to see ability, but untapped talent. Don Wakamatsu and his coaching staff know how to make the most of that talent.
The Mariners aren't world beaters. If you'd taken their current roster - starting with a rotation of Felix Hernandez, Ian Snell, Ryan Rowland-Smith, Doug Fister and Luke French - how many would have predicted a .500 or better season?
Seattle has improved this season more than any team in the big leagues. Wait 'til next year now means something again for Mariners fans.