The curse of the great bambino.

Essay by irenehionidisCollege, UndergraduateA, October 2003

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People from New England always seem to be the most noticeable at baseball games because of their undying love and support for our team the Boston Red Sox. Every year all of the fans are at Fenway rooting and cheering for their home team in hopes that what many people think is a curse will finally be over. While some people don't believe in this curse others are firm believers that former player Babe Ruth placed a curse on the Red Sox after he was traded to the New York Yankees in 1918. Every year since 1918 the Red Sox somehow start off really well only to lose the most vital games. Is it a coincidence? Or is it the curse of the great bambino? After so many years of bad luck fans are looking for ways to break this curse and have gone to outrageous extents to do so.

There is one story in particular in which Babe Ruth was allegedly vacationing in Sudbury, mass in the winter of 1918. He was having a party outside when he dragged out the piano from his cottage that his wife often played to entertain the children and dumped it into Willis Pond. This was common back then since New England winters are so brutal that sometimes the pond would freeze 18 inches in depth and people would make bets on whether or not heavy objects would sink. Well, the piano sank and the Red Sox did too. Some people believe that if the piano is taken out of the pond the curse will be lifted and the state of Massachusetts has actually made licensing available for those who want to try to get the piano onto shore. Recently, the "Restoration Project" which is a program for the mentally ill in Acton,