A Mike Sweeney Timeline

August 2009: batting in the mid-.200s, Sweeney figures he will retire at the end of the season

September 2009: Sweeney re-considers after a talk with his wife, and sets sights on returning in 2010 in southern California or Seattle

October 2009: Sweeney becomes a free agent

January 2010: Sweeney remains a free agent

February 2010: Sweeney comes to camp with the Mariners on a minor league deal but is considered a long shot to make the roster ahead of Ryan Garko; consensus opinion is that Sweeney was brought in to be a veteran presence in ST, and that the Mariners are letting him work out to try and catch the eye of another team

March 2010: Sweeney bats .512, while Garko blows

April 4, 2010: Sweeney officially makes the Mariners' roster

May 21, 2010: Sweeney goes 4-5 against San Diego with two home runs to lift OPS near .900

June 3, 2010: Sweeney placed on DL for first time with back soreness

June 25, 2010: Sweeney starts at first base

June 26, 2010: Sweeney placed on DL for second time with back soreness

July 2010: Sweeney hangs out, does nothing

Early August 2010: Sweeney placed on waivers

Early August 2010: Ryan Howard sprains his ankle

August 4, 2010: Sweeney traded to Phillies to fill in for Howard, then work off bench when he returns

September 26, 2010: Phillies clinch playoff berth

October 5, 2010: Sweeney officially named to Phillies playoff roster

October 8, 2010: Sweeney makes first-ever playoff appearance and singles against Aroldis Chapman

October 10, 2010:

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"Here we are," Mike Sweeney says. "This is the most joyful I've ever been in my baseball career."

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Love Sweeney, hate him, or think he's okay, this is about as perfect as a story can get.

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