Baseball history is full of curses and the angels are the victims of the newest: The Curse of Harry Sidhu!
Angels lore is filled with curses, including the original claim that the team would never win because their stadium was built on the site of a Native American burial ground. In 2002, the Angels won the World Series, and the talk of hexes and spells could be erased forever.
Until now. Until the FBI got involved.
Mike Trout has yet to win a postseason game in his career with the Angels, but we put that down to consistently bad pitching, not anything supernatural.
On May 24, things were high for the Angels with visions that Trout would lead the team to the playoffs for the first time in eight years. At 9:08 p.m. at Angel Stadium, the Angels won their third straight game when closer Raisel Iglesias knocked out the final batsman. The Angels were 10 games over .500, a game behind first place in the American League West, and had their best start since 2004.
At that hour and four miles away, the Anaheim City Council met to discuss the fate of the sale of Angel Stadium. Angels owner Arte Moreno had agreed to buy the stadium property and transform the desolate sea of parking lots into a vibrant ballpark neighborhood, raking in $150 million in cash and providing the city with more than 5,000 much-needed apartments.
The deal had been three years in the making, and one signature was still missing, when the FBI made a chilling allegation that Sidhu, the city’s mayor at the time, slipped confidential city information to the Angels at a time when the city was suing them, hoping for a win a multi-million dollar campaign donation from the team.
At 10:56 p.m., the council voted unanimously to end the deal. The Angels haven’t won since then.
They lost their 11th straight game on Sunday, with Iglesias losing a Grand Slam with a draw.
Trout, the three times most valuable player, is unbeaten in his last 26 at-bats, the longest drought of his career. He’s batting .095 (four for 42) since the council ended the stadium deal, with his batting average falling from .328 to .274.
Don’t look now, but the Angels lost 8 1/2 games from first place. wild card? If the AL playoffs started today, the Angels would not be one of the six contenders.
The mayor who longed to be known as the guy who secured the angels around town for many years might end up being better remembered than the guy who cursed them this year. Thank you Harry!
https://www.latimes.com/sports/angels/story/2022-06-05/angels-anaheim-stadium-sale-harry-sidhu-city-council-losing-streak Angels winless since stadium sale was killed, Sidhu resigned