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LOVERRO: Nats cursed until Teddy is first
Before the Washington Nationals do anything else - certainly before they enter next week’s draft and pick Stephen Strasburg - they have to do one thing. It is a top priority. Nothing else is more important.
They have to rid themselves of the curse.
Let Teddy win.
Lightning just struck in Nationals Park as I wrote those words.
It’s gone beyond amusing. It passed embarrassing weeks ago.
There are supernatural forces at play that have cursed the Washington Nationals.
Here they were on Wednesday night with the good fortune of having Randy Johnson going for his 300th career victory at Nationals Park.
It was the topic of radio talk shows. National media had come to town. Attendance could have reached 25,000 for a team that drew just 17,000 for first game of this series Tuesday night against the San Francisco Giants and is averaging just over 20,000 a game so far this season.
So what happens? The skies open up, and it rains. And rains. By 10 p.m. with the start of the game still delayed at that point, there appeared to be maybe a thousand people at Nationals Park, and that included the vendors.
Of course it rained on a night where, win or lose, it would have been a good night for the Nationals. And then the game got postponed until Thursday.
That’s what happens to teams that are cursed.
It is time to let Teddy win.
In Chicago, of course, there is the Curse of the Billy Goat, born of the legend that the Cubs kicked Billy Goat Tavern owner William Sianis out of Wrigley Field during a World Series game in 1945 because his pet goat’s odor was deemed offensive. The story goes that Sianis declared, “Them Cubs, they aren’t gonna win no more.” The Cubs have not been to the World Series since.
In Boston, there was the Curse of the Bambino, resulting from the sale of a young Babe Ruth by Red Sox owner Harry Frazee to the New York Yankees in 1920, two years after they had won the World Series. As everyone on this planet knows, the Red Sox supposedly reversed the curse by coming back from a 3-0 deficit to the Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series and going on to win the World Series.
In Philadelphia, they came up with the Curse of Billy Penn to explain the city’s failure to win a championship, though simply being Philadelphia would seem to be curse enough. For years, no building was constructed in the city that rose above William Penn’s statue on top of City Hall. Then, in 1987, the Liberty Place skyscraper went past the Penn statue, and so that was the rationale to explain why no sports team in the city had won a championship since 1983 (the 76ers) until the Phillies won the World Series last year - a year after a miniature statue of William Penn was put on the final beam during the topping off of the Comcast Center, the newest tallest building in the city.
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