"If you need it, he's going to jump on you and tell you that you need to be better. But at the same time, you can't do that with every single player because some players don't respond to that. And he's figured out which ones do and which ones don't, and it's working really well for him."
McClendon doesn't rip articles of clothing off a poster of the owner after every victory, but players say he has created a less pressured atmosphere in the clubhouse. "You've got to give credit to Lloyd, who is a key part of this success," Hernandez said. "Lloyd is a big part of this, and he's our boss. He just lets us play. Go out there and have fun and do our thing."
And even though McClendon is a former hitting coach, Young says he manages the pitching staff as well as any manager he's played for.
Cano gave up the bright lights of New York to play with the Mariners, but perhaps he will bring some of that spotlight and glamour to Seattle -- just as his agent, Jay Z, did when he and Beyonce played Safeco Field last month.
"When you play in New York, every day is like this," Cano said. "There, you have to win. You have to play to win every single game, and it's always crowded like this, always crowded. Especially when you play in New York against Boston. That's how it felt tonight."
Seattle fans will cross their fingers, wear their rally caps Fernando Rodney-style and hope they can feel it again throughout the final six weeks of the season -- and then, perhaps, in an October fit for the silver screen.