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The Curse of Barry Bonds

The Curse of Barry Bonds is a superstitious explanation[1][2][3] that many Pittsburgh Pirates fans and sports writers have cited due to the fact that the baseball club has not had a winning season since Bonds’ departure in 1992[4]. The Pirates’ 16 consective losing seasons ties them with the 1933-48 Philadelphia Phillies for the most in professional sports.[5] The curse can is similar to the Curse of the Bambino which affected the Boston Red Sox. While Bonds was a member of the Pirates from 1986 to 1992, Bonds won two National League MVP awards, two golden glove, and two silver slugger awards[6]. The Pittsburgh Pirates won the National League Eastern Division title three consecutive years 1990-92, but failed to advance to the World Series each time, the second two years losing closely contested seven-game series to the Atlanta Braves. That 1992 game 7 loss to the Braves is considered a defining moment in the Pirates-Bonds saga and beginning of the curse[7]. The Pirates took a 2-0 lead to the ninth inning[8], when Francisco Cabrera hit a two-out slap single to left. Sid Bream, chugging along on two of the slowest legs in the game, slid in ahead of Bonds’ throw to score the winning run for Atlanta[9]. Eight weeks later, Bonds signed a free-agent deal with the Giants. Since refusing to pay Bonds the Pirates franchise has been known as notoriously frugal.[10] The teams has shed several quality players because of financial reasons and the team seems to be in a constant state of rebuilding.[11]

Bonds’ rather ominous quote in January 1991 as he was seeking a multi-year contract also supports the notion that he is “Haunting” the franchise.

“I don’t care if they offer me $100 million, I’m gone,” “And if I do leave, I’ll haunt the Pittsburgh Pirates. They’ll be the one team I will beat up on.”[12]

Barry Bonds denied that there is a curse when he was asked about it 2007.

“Naw, I don’t believe that at all,” Bonds said. “They’ve got some good players who can do some things. They just never keep the players. That’s been the downfall of Pittsburgh. We all wanted to stay [in the early 1990s]. But there was just no chance of us staying. Back then, there was no real front person in the organization. It was banks and corporations who owned the team.”[13]


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