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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:


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


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