There have been more heroes and highlights throughout the 2009 season than the last two years combined, and today fans have one last chance to watch the Seattle Mariners.
They will pursue win No. 85, pay special attention to Ken Griffey Jr. and bid adieu to Adrian Beltre.
They will also get one final chance to watch Felix Hernandez pitch - something that became more special this year than ever before.
Forget potential. Felix blossomed into an ace this season, a viable Cy Young Award candidate with an 18-5 record and a 2.48 earned run average.
Today, he goes for No. 19.
It's Felix vs. Scott Feldman.
Three innings in, Felix has allowed one hit and doesn't look to have broken a sweat against the Rangers.
Josh Wilson's single was Seattle's first hit, and when he stole second base, Rob Johnson's ground ball got him to third with one out.
Ichiro took a walk. Franklin Gutierrrez singled into right field, picking up his 69th RBI.
After three: Mariners 1, Rangers 0
Oops and a run
Shortstop Wilson booted a ball and Texas turned it into a run on an infield single, sacrifice bunt and a ground ball.
In the fifth: Mariners 1, Rangers 1
Now that's a rally
Wilson makes up for the error with another single and, after Ichiro's single, scores on a Gutierrez ground rule double.
Before Gutierrez could say '70 RBI!', Lopez doubled two runs home - his 95th and 96th of the season.
After five: Mariners 4, Rangers 1
A tiring ace
In the seventh inning of his 34th start, Felix is laboring.
The Rangers got a walk, Ian Kinsler's double and ground ball for one run, then a second run on Taylor Teagarden's ground ball out.
That was it for Felix - 6 2/3 innings, 107 pitches and a standing ovation . As he walked to the dugout, Hernandez doffed his cap to the crowd.
He leaves with the chance to win and a 2.49 ERA.
Randy Messenger got the final out.
After seven: Mariners 4, Rangers 3
Junior in the eighth
One out in the eighth, Griffey's 387th and final at-bat of the season - and perhaps is Mariners career.
Texas brought in lefty C.J. Wilson to face him. As he walked to the plate, a crowd of 32,260 stood and cheered.
On the first pitch he saw, he singled into center field - then was replaced by a pinch-runner.
Griffey walked to the dugout, all the way through the dugout with teammates shaking his hand and emerged from the dugout near home plate, both arms raised, helmet in hand.
It was a lovely sendoff, whether for the season or for even more.
And in the ninth
Aardsma for his 38th save.
Ground ball. Ground ball. Strike out.
That's 85 wins for the Mariners, 19 for Felix.
It's a final: Mariners 4, Rangers 3