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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Engel: It’s started: The Curse of Nolan Ryan to haunt Rangers

Curse of 34.

The Curse of Nolan Ryan has shape-shifted into the form of Holland’s boxer, which may as well have been a billy goat. Time to get real. When the Rangers messed with Nolan, they tempted the baseball gods, a palindrome for dogs.

Holland did not just trip on Wrigley by accident. He could have named his dog “Yankee Stadium,” but he went with the ballpark of a team that made losing chic and profitable long before the Cowboys did.

There was something far greater at play here than a two-legged left-handed pitcher and his four-legged best friend. As the quote goes in nearly every horror film ever produced, “It’s started.”

It all begins innocently enough, and before long it turns into The Curse of the Black Sox, The Curse of the Bambino, The Curse of Rocky Colavito, etc.

...In an effort to satisfy the geek nerds who define baseball by an equation, here is some research from The Mark Ingel Skool for Kids Who Can’t Do Math Good:

In the 11 seasons Ryan was with the Rangers — 1989-93 as a pitcher, 2008-13 as an executive — the Rangers had a .533 winning percentage with nine winning records, three playoff appearances and two American League titles.

In the 31 seasons Ryan was not associated with the club, the Rangers had a .478 winning percentage, 10 winning records, three playoff appearances, and one playoff win.

The differences in these records are not all because of Ryan, but it cannot be all a coincidence.

Repoz Posted: January 15, 2014 at 09:25 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. morineko Posted: January 15, 2014 at 09:49 PM (#4640030)
I wonder if Holland named the dog Wrigley because a) he plays baseball for a living; and b) the puppy chewed everything in sight.
   2. Bob Tufts Posted: January 15, 2014 at 09:52 PM (#4640032)
The differences in these records are not all because of Ryan, but it cannot be all a coincidence.


No, the difference was due to steroids. :<)
   3. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: January 15, 2014 at 10:26 PM (#4640043)
they tempted the baseball gods, a palindrome for dogs.

Um, no.
   4. TerpNats Posted: January 15, 2014 at 10:27 PM (#4640045)
If the Metroplex sports media is trying to emulate its Boston brethren by creating a "curse" cottage industry to cash in on, well, it's got a long way to go.
   5. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 15, 2014 at 10:29 PM (#4640047)
they tempted the baseball gods, a palindrome for dogs.

Um, no.

The palindrome of Bolton would be Notlob--it don't work!!
   6. Nasty Nate Posted: January 15, 2014 at 10:32 PM (#4640048)
You can't count losing years before a guy arrives as part of a curse....
   7. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 15, 2014 at 10:47 PM (#4640054)
You can't count losing years before a guy arrives as part of a curse....

Is that a precursor?
   8. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: January 15, 2014 at 11:16 PM (#4640066)
In the 11 seasons Ryan was with the Rangers — 1989-93 as a pitcher, 2008-13 as an executive — the Rangers had a .533 winning percentage with nine winning records, three playoff appearances and two American League titles.

Ryan must have been a better executive than a pitcher, since the Rangers didn't start winning division titles until he retired as a player.
   9. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: January 16, 2014 at 10:16 AM (#4640203)
You can't count losing years before a guy arrives as part of a curse....
The Curse of the Bambino continues to prevent the pre-1920 Yankees from ever winning a pennant.

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