The Curse of the Bambino
The curse of the Bambino is probably the most legendary curse in all of baseball. The story goes like this: Once upon a time, there was a wildly successful baseball team called the Red Sox. They won the first-ever World Series in 1903, and in the decade that followed, they stockpiled a mind-boggling five more wins. They owed much of their success to their star player Babe Ruth, also known as "the Bambino." Then, in 1919, the Red Sox traded Babe Ruth to their archrival, the Yankees. 86 long and frustrating years passed before the Red Sox finally won the 2004 World Series, breaking the curse of the Bambino.
There were countless attempts to break the curse its 86-year history. Beginning in the early 1990's fans regularly altered a "Reverse Curve" sign to read "Reverse the Curse." In 1992, a Boston radio station held an exorcism in front of Fenway Park. In 2001, uber-fan Paul Giorgio climbed Mount Everest and left a Red Sox ball cap on an altar at the summit. In the lead-up to the 2004 overthrow of the curse, Ford Motor Company even aired a television commercial featuring a hitchhiker who was on his way to Boston to because he had "a curse to break."
Though legendary, most would agree that the Red Sox probably didn't deserve to suffer for 86 years. The team that suffered from our next curse, however, deserved everything they got.