The Curse of the One Run Game
July 31, 2013
I love sports. I love how logical people believe sitting in a certain chair or wearing certain clothes will help their team win. I love the belief by fans that the reason their team (or in some cases, the city (Cleveland) is cursed is because of a billy goat or player trade. This brings me to my husband. He is originally from Wisconsin and wears the cheesehead proudly for the Packers and Brewers. However, it has been unscientifically proven that if he or a family member attends a game at Kauffman Stadium rooting for the visiting team, that team loses by one run.
Last year, the Brewers played in Kansas City, and my husband attended all three games. The Brewers lost all three games by one run. In July, his cousin from Michigan attended the first two games of the Tigers/Royals series, and the Tigers lost both of those games by one run.
The curse extends across the parking lot to Arrowhead Stadium. We were in attendance for the Dec. 18, 2011 game that ended the Packers undefeated season. In the five years he has lived in Kansas City, he has never attended a game where either of his favorite teams won in Kansas City, and that includes a football preseason game!
Of course, the curse is not real, and neither are the curses detailed in the suggested books. But they are part of our sports culture, and without curses and superstition, sports would not be as much fun.
- The Billy Goat Curse: Losing and Superstition in Cubs Baseball By: Gil Bogen
- The Curse of Rocky Colavito: a Loving Look at a Thirty-Year Slump By: Terry Pluto
- Reversing the Curse: Inside the 2004 Red Sox By: Dan Shaughnessy