Baseball

#CurseOfTalsHill

Uh oh, Astros fans, there may be a curse in town.

It’s a fact that since the Astros announced they’d be removing Tal’s Hill from centerfield of Minute Maid Park, the Astros are winless.  Coincidence?  Or superstition?

Enter:  Superstition.

<center><b><big><big>Chicago Cubs: Curse of the Billy Goat</center></b></big>
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The Cubs haven't won the World Series since 1908 and haven't been in the World Series since 1945. That year, Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis was asked to leave a World Series game against the Tigers because the smell of pet goat Murphy -- for whom he bought a ticket -- was bothering other patrons. Sianis then reportedly said the Cubs wouldn't win another World Series because they insulted his goat.  For 69 years, he's been right.

Fans started tweeting about it, blaming the #CurseOfTalsHill for the bobbles, the bloops, the failure to score with runners in scoring position, the 2 lost starts from our ace Dallas Keuchel, the blown saves from a solid bullpen, Chad Qualls being, well…Chad Qualls (tho I don’t think we can blame that on anything but Qualls himself.)  With each loss, all 7 of them, the phenomenon of the curse has picked up traction, and now it has its own Twitter account.  (@CurseOfTalsHill)

Greg Rajan of the Chronicle (@gregrajan) put it into perspective in this article.  I love how baseball is so superstitious.  It’s cute.

I can be pretty superstitious myself (no fishing on Sundays or you’ll catch the devil, for example), but I’m hoping that today’s off day and the coming home stand is what the team needs to turn it around and #ShakeTheCurse.

Let’s go, boys!

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