17 years.

They did it!  17 losing seasons.  It took 17 losing season for the media to finally acknowledge The Curse of Bonds.  Howard Bryant ESPN.com

Francisco Cabrera singles to left. Justice scores to tie it, with Bream, the sore-legged former Pirate, creaking painfully around the bases behind him. Barry Bonds uncorks the throw home, accurate but too soft. The Braves win the pennant 3-2.

“In 1992, I had my World Series tickets, ” said Paul Hannah, a 37-year-old Pirates fan from Ligonier, about 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. “We knew Bonds was leaving. We knew it was the end. I know we’ve had a lot of AFC Championship Game losses with the Steelers, but none of those hurt as much as that one.”

Six weeks later, Bonds signs a record six-year, $43.75 million free-agent contract with the San Francisco Giants. The Pirates lose 87 games the next year, and haven’t been .500 or better since. They’ve lost at least 94 games the past four seasons and over the past 16 years have lost at least 93 games seven times.

And from the same article Josh some guy who works at the Jerome Bettis grill.

Josh, who works at the restaurant, bellows out, “It’s the Curse of Barry Bonds!” to explain the Pirates troubles. Then he gets serious.

“They’ve got to give us more than just fireworks,” he says. “They’ve got to give us a team!”

Also Robert Rubino (not sure if this guy can really be counted as media) mentioned baseballs most prolific curse on his blog Old School.

Can we call it the curse of Barry Bonds? I think we can.

That pretty much sums it up.  Look out Wikipedia.

Also as a service to fans we are starting a countdown to 100 loses this season.  I will assume the Pirates lose tonight as they are losing 9-2 in the bottom of the 7th.


17 to go


~ by curseofbonds on September 8, 2009.

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