After weeks and weeks of hearing everyone spout off about “curses,” I think it’s time to get to the real curse. While the Babe Ruth purchase can be looked back on as a not so wise move, it was a financial one. Had it not been for the money obtained from sending Ruth to New York, there may not even be a Boston Red Sox today. Ruth was many things, the game’s ultimate power hitter, a phenom of a pitcher, a lover of life, but he was not a Vodoo Priest. Wade Boggs was the guy who liked bringing dead chickens to Fenway. The real “curse” that has plagued the Red Sox for the past 80+ years is that they play in the the same league and division as the winninest team in pro sports history. Over the past few generations, many Boston teams have had enough talent to win a World Series. However, they just weren’t better than the Yankees in those particular years. Stop blaming it on Ruth, stop blaming it on Bucky Dent, stop blaming it on Bill Buckner (but feel free to blame Grady and Pedro). And how come only the Red Sox and Cubs are cursed. The White Sox haven’t been to a World Series since 1919. And what about the curses on the Astros, Rangers, and Mariners. How about the curse of the Washington Senators? Those guys will never win another championship. Yes improbable things happen when the Yankees and Red Sox play, but just take it for what it is, players playing better and managers managing better. Leave the mystic stuff out of it.
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