The Curse of the Breaking Ball
Trouble with the curve was Pedro Cerrano’s problem. From the hilarious Major League trilogy, the power-hitting outfielder of the Cleveland Indians could hit a homer with any other pitch, but the breaking ball was his Achilles’ heel. To go about breaking the spell, he tried everything
He famously once said, “Jesus, I like him very much, but he no help with curveball.”
Voodoo was his religion of choice where he prayed to Jobu for help. There was even a “hats for bats” situation to “keep bats warm” and prevent them from getting sick. And he communicated with spirits through séance rituals. None of these helped cure the curse.
Cerrano eventually stopped relying on magic and trusted his skill. He eventually connected with a breaking ball and sent it flying out the out the park, ultimately breaking his curse.
Okay, so this isn’t a real thing, yet the real life Cleveland Indians are probably cursed because they haven’t won a World Series since 1920.
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Lil B and Kevin Durant
And finally, there’s the hilarious made-for-social media struggle between KD and Lil B. To get the full history of this, you have to go way back to 2011. It all started when Kevin Durant, the nicest guy in the NBA, spoke ill of Lil B’s name on Twitter. “I tried to listen to Lil B and my mind wouldn’t let me do it… can’t believe this guy is relevant,” read the Tweet that KD now probably regrets. To top it off, it wasn’t a direct jab, but a subtweet.
The rapper, also known as “Based God,” got wind of this, and cooked up a curse more potent than a potion containing a lizard’s leg and an eye of newt. And the most powerful ingredient of all was a hashtag.
“Kevin Durant will never win the title after he said ‘Lil B’ is a wack rapper,” he tweeted. Then he close out his spell with “’The Basedgods Curse’ #TBASEDGODSCURSE ON DURANT- Lil B”
From then on it was all over.
KD was still on top of his game, but he hasn’t quite lifted the “curse” yet. At one point Lil B even lifted the curse, but for some reason put the hex back on in tweets and song form. The curse continued to wreck havoc. Promising seasons ended in disappointment; his teammate Russell Westbrook got hurt, and the Oklahoma City Thunder came up short again last year. One lesson from this whole fiasco: don’t speak ill of the Based God or you will get the wrath coming to you realer than The Rapture.
In all seriousness, this has been one of the reasons why we love Twitter. We’re foaming at the mouth to see what happens here once KD and the Thunder win that inevitable title.
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Whether you are a superstitious person or not, you sometimes have to acknowledge that stuff can get a little weird.
Curses have been making peoples’ minds explode since the dawn of time. Superstitious or not, sometimes there are just occurrences in this world that would even leave scientists scratching their heads looking for an explanation. In a world like sports where winning is everything, it helps to have Lady Luck on your side. But sometimes even all the four leaf clovers and skill in the world can’t repel that bad juju.
This hasn’t been more apparent than with the latest Kevin Durant and Lil B “beef.” This weekend, Durant has the new Nike KD7 “Calm Before the Storm” colorway dropping at Champs Sports, continuing a long line of ridiculously sick signature colorways. However, even as he has conquered the sneaker industry, KD is still searching for that first NBA title.
This now comedic curse isn’t the only one that has happened in sports; there are plenty. From the Curse of the Bambino to “The Based God’s Curse” we take a look back at some of the well-known jinxes in sports history.
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