NWSB Franchise Tips: Ways To Break The Seattle Mariners Curse

Turn The Trident

The Seattle Mariners are about to begin their 35th season without even an appearance in the fall classic.  While many have speculated as to what the curse of the Mariners may be, nothing has stuck like Boston’s curse of the Bambino.


Here I offer a few ideas of my own, but more importantly what the franchise needs to do to break the curse.

The curse of the dead seagull:

Consider these words taken from the Samuel Coleridge poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner penned in 1798:

God save thee ancient mariner,
from the fiends that plague thee thus!
Why look’st thou so? – with my crossbow
I shot the albatross

Apparently it is very bad luck to kill an albatross (which I found out is a fancy word for seagull – thank you google).  These birds were thought to carry the souls of dead sailors to the afterlife.

Bud Selig

Is Selig To Blame For The Curse?

To kill the albatross was to assure the spirit of the dead would haunt the living.

Here is the correlation. Birds fly. Pilots Fly. The Seattle Pilots were killed by a guy named Bud Selig and moved to Milwaukee to become the brewers.  Selig of course is the current Baseball Commissioner.  Some have claimed his presence in the Mariner’s curse.

Others blame it on the Brewers themselves.

How to deal with the curse:

The Mariners have to make things right with haunting spirit of the Seattle Pilots.  Taking on Jack Z who was an instrumental component to the Brewers organization has been rebuilding the team.

Now could the curse finally be lifted in bringing in Brewers sensation Prince Fielder?

Or will nothing change until the retirement of Bud Selig himself? (This is scheduled to happen at the end of the 2012 season.)

The curse of the Inverted Fork

In 1977 a new Seattle ball club took the field, moving from the air to the sea, named the Mariners.  They were affectionately known as the M’s due to their stylized logo of an trident (a 3 pronged spear that looks like a fork) used as the M on their hats and jerseys.

Seattle Mariners Carl Willis

Apparently it is very bad luck to eat an albatross, I mean to kill an albatross

Unfortunately, since the time of posiden myth, an upside down trident was a bad omen for the future.

How to deal with the Curse.

The current Mariner’s uniforms have been in place since 1993 and they are due for a redesign.  Due to the Mariners ties with ancient sailors tributes should be made to these ancient superstitions.  The Mariners should have the trident placed back on the uniform in correct position.

Raised in victory, instead of lowered in defeat.

The Curse of the Dead

To live on the open seas was a dangerous place.  To live in the American league is also.  Despite their best efforts they have continually been shot down in their attempts to become champions.  There is the many years where effort never even entered the picture.

We will call these the dead years. Sailors felt that dealing with dead bodies meant nothing bad news.

The Mariners have had to deal with a lot of dead weight.  It is time to cut the ties and let the seagulls do their work.

How to deal with the curse

To combat many of these curses, ancient Mariners approached life on the sea with a great deal of superstition.

These included but were not limited to: ear rings and tattoos, stepping onto the boat with your right foot, never departing on Friday or even wearing charms.  Some of these make sense, others don’t.

Life in baseball is also a superstitious past time.  In developing some superstitious actions, fans and players can help lift the feeling of death and begin to bond again.

Seattle more than anything needs some team spirit.

So do your part fans, cheer on the Prince, boo Selig, turn over the trident, raise the USS Mariner, step into Safeco with your right foot and leave the past behind.

We’re on this journey together.

We’re all Mariners.

Now Play ball.

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  • crawdad

    hi Danny and fellow Mariners masochists, we shouldn’t forget one other thing tied to your allusion to dangerous life in the AL: several years ago the Mariners were considering moving to the NL and all the fans threw a fit because it would mean the end of Edgar, who was by then in decline (at least you could see the end w/his legs).  So the Mariners backed away from a move to the NL, Edgar retired, the Mariners built themselves an NL team and waddya get?  This is the reverse of the curse of the Bambino, it’s the curse of the Edgarino!

  • I prefer the term safeco faithful, but maybe Mariners Masochists is more accurate.  Good observation, although I’m not sure that was a curse or just stupidity on behalf of the M’s.  Hopefully they can become an AL team again.

  • J M Lindley

    Its Ryyme of the Ancient Mariner—rime is a type of ice found in the freezer or on airplane wings.

    • you may have thought you had me there, but remember that this poem was written in 1798 when old English was still in fairly common use.  While today’s word “Rime” does mean exactly what you suggest, it is also listed in most dictionaries as being an variant of the word rhyme (which is what I am assuming you meant by ryyme).  Of course maybe it would have made for sense to use rhyme since the actual old English title of the poem is “The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere” when it was published in Lyrical Ballads.  Whatever the right answer is – I’m just glad you read my post well enough to notice a possible error (which I do make some times).  Thanks and go mariners!

  • Anonymous

    Gentleman, this is a sports blog. NOT a competitive essay writing course at the University of Washington. Spelling mistakes happen, even to our BEST bloggers. (Danny is one btw). So enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend, and yes. Go (Offseason) M’s!  

    Sincerely Q  (Senior Editor at NWSB, aslo knooown to mike sphellin mishtaikes)

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