Friday, April 11, 2008

A new curse?

A member of the construction crew for the new Yankees stadium has buried a Red Sox shirt under what will be the visiting locker room, claiming it will jinx the Yanks.

These curses are ridiculous. The Sox were not cursed by giving away Babe Ruth. Bad trades happen all the time! You could just as easily claim they were cursed when they dealt Jeff Bagwell, or when they let Mo Vaughn get away (if you want to call it that). Same deal with the Cubs. There's no goat curse, it's a result of decades of bad management.

Let me refute some of the quotes from the New York Post article:

"In August, a Red Sox T-shirt was poured in a slab in the visitor's clubhouse. It's the curse of the Yankees," one worker said. "Nobody knows about it. It's in the floors, it's buried."

Except everyone knows about it now.

Red Sox fans, he said, will see the buried garment as a good-luck charm, especially after years of seeing the retired numbers of four legendary players displayed in Fenway Park.

It has long displayed "9" for Ted Williams, "4" for Joe Cronin, "1" for Bobby Doerr and "8" for Carl Yastrzemski — which comes out to 9-4-18, the day before the World Series that resulted in the last Red Sox championship until 2004.

Not sure how you can consider the day before winning a World Series a curse.

"Even the 'Curse of the Bambino' didn't really take off until the 1980s. Before then it was just hard luck," he said.

If it didn't happen for 50 years, it never happened at all.

Look at the curse of A-Rod. The Yankees haven't won since (Alex Rodriguez) came to their game. There's probably more to that than a T-shirt," said Peter Nash, author of "Boston's Royal Rooters," a history of Red Sox fans.

This could be said for hundreds of free agents. Are the Giants really just the curse of Barry Zito? Hardly. Its the absurd contract they gave him that'll keep them down.

I've given my two sense. Check back in 40 years to see if I'm right.

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