AL Wild Card Series – Seattle Mariners fans unveil rally shoe

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The rally cap is yesterday’s news. It’s rally shoe time.

When the Toronto Blue Jays led the Seattle Mariners 8-1 in the sixth inning of Game 2 of the AL Wild Card Series, Seattle had a 1% chance of winning, according to ESPN’s Win Probability. Those odds increased gradually as the Mariners lost their lead. Heading into the eighth inning, down 9-5, Seattle’s odds of a win rose to 3.1%. But the Mariners would need playoff magic to win Saturday’s contest.

Enter the rally shoe.

During a Mariners watch party at Seattle’s T-Mobile Park, an unidentified Mariners fan put a shoe over his head, a twist on the traditional rally cap, and found himself on Jumbotron Stadium while as the match entered the eighth inning.

Shortly after, the stadium’s official Twitter account was telling Mariners fans to put their shoes on.

And in the blink of an eye, the Mariners tied the game 9-9 on a three-run brace from JP Crawford in the eighth inning where Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette and outfielder George Springer clashed in center field.

It didn’t take long for T-Mobile Park to become a stadium full of people wearing shoes on their heads. With the score tied at the top of the ninth, Mariners outfielder Adam Frazier hit an RBI go-ahead to give the Mariners a 10-9 lead that would send Seattle to an ALDS matchup with the Houston Astros.

The Mariners became the third team to return from a seven-point deficit in a postseason game, joining the 2008 Boston Red Sox, who came back to beat the Rays 7-0 in Game 5 of the ALCS. and the 1929 Philadelphia Athletics, which defeated the Chicago Cubs in Game 4 of the 1929 World Series after leading 8-0.

In 2022, teams were a combined 4-434 in the regular season when trailing by seven points or more. In playoff history, road teams previously went 0-126 in games over seven points, making the Mariners the first-ever team to accomplish the feat.

And with that, the legend of the rally shoe was born.

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