Thirty-five years. That is what the patch worn on the Mariners’ uniforms says. Since 1977. Thirty-five years and they cannot get out of last place. Thirty-five years and they cannot play .500 ball.
When I moved to the Seattle area, prior to 1977 I might add, and started hearing about Seattle’s chances of getting a major league baseball team, my dreams started to form of seeing them one day playing in a World Series. The Seattle Pilots did not last long enough to get my dream going, but when the Mariners got their franchise my dreams started to blossom.
That was many years ago and since then my dreams have been dashed. The Mariners will never play in a World Series. That is because the team management does not want that to happen. They trade all of the best players (it is very easy to see Mariner players playing in post-season games, for other teams that is) and they spend all their time, money and effort building for the future, and the “future never comes.”
There are only two teams active in major league baseball that has never played in a World Series: The Seattle Mariners, 35 years, and the Washington Nationals, seven years. And my money is on the Nationals going to the World Series before the Mariners, because they want to go and Seattle does not.
I lowered the level of my dreams to see the Mariners play in a pennant game, and compete. Yes I know, they did play in a pennant game but they choked, badly, and have never repeated that exercise. That dream, too, has been dashed. Thirty-five years and they cannot get out of last place. For the past several years they have had 100-loss seasons. They will never play in another pennant game because the management does not want that to happen.
I have now lowered my desire to see the Mariners get out of last place, but I am afraid that this too is hopeless.
I am sick and tired of losers, bad seasons and false hopes and dreams. How about the organization doing something for today? How about a team that can compete today? How about spend some of that time and effort in building a team now, that can get out of last place, that can plan at least .500 ball. But that, too, will never happen. Not as long as the total emphasis in on the future, and the “future never comes.”