So we all know the Cubs won the World Series, breaking their curse, blah blah blah. But amazingly, it was only the latest curse to be broken so far this century. What’s going on, anyway?
In 2002, the Angels appeared in and won their first World Series since their inception in 1961. In 2004, the Red Sox broke the Curse of the Bambino and won their first Series since 1918. Of course, they won two more since then. The following year, the White Sox played in their first World Series since 1959 and got their first win since 1917. They took on the Astros, who appeared in the first Fall Classic in their history, which began in 1962. In 2010, the Giants won their first championship in San Francisco and their first since 1954 while they were still in New York. They also have won two more since. The Giants beat the Rangers, who made their first appearance since coming into the league in 1961 as the second Washington Senators. They also lost in 2011. And now we get the Cubs, with their first World Series since 1945 and first win since 1908.
Of course, this does not include first appearances by newer expansion teams like the Diamondbacks (who won), Rockies and Rays. And wins for the Royals and Phillies, who last won in the 1980s.
What is leading to all of this curse-breaking? Revenue sharing certainly helps to even the playing field, giving more teams a chance. And because of increasing broadcasting fees, every team is swimming in cash, allowing them to compete for the best players.
Or maybe there are no reasons and it is just dumb luck. Or the odds finally catching up with teams. Whatever the reason, we soon will be left with no loveable losers. Kind of sad when you think about it.