The SF Giants season is over, so let's have a little fun. Curses are fun because they are totally irrational, but they are often pointed to when something good or bad happens. Remember when Tom Cruise mysteriously appeared at a Giants-Dodgers playoff game in 2021? How good did you feel about that when it happened? Not great? Same here.
Do you remember how you felt about the Giants on the morning of June 22? Are you tired of me asking questions? If you are like me, then you probably felt pretty good about them. After all, they were 42-32 and in the midst of a 10-game winning streak that included multiple walk-off wins. Then, it happened.
Were the SF Giants cursed by a trade from NBA team in 2023?
It was announced that the Golden State Warriors had acquired future Hall of Fame guard Chris Paul in a trade from the Washington Wizards. For years, Warriors fans had booed Paul in his stints with the Los Angeles Clippers and the Houston Rockets. Now, they were in a position where they had to root for the former rival. It was an uncomfortable position, especially given that Chase Center is just a few steps away from Oracle Park.
It felt like when the San Francisco Forty Niners signed star cornerback Richard Sherman. Sherman had been a major thorn in the Niners' side during his tenure with the Seattle Seahawks. Now, he was someone that Niners fans had to cheer for. By the end of his tenure with San Francisco, many Niners fans came to appreciate Sherman.
The Paul move was announced just after noon on June 22. The Giants had a day game against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park just a few minutes later. What do you think happened? They not only lost, but they lost by 10 runs.
A 10-game winning streak was snapped after losing a game by 10 runs shortly after the Paul trade was originally announced. Baseball might be the most superstitious sport, so this feels like the stars aligning to put a hex on the 2023 Giants.
The Giants slumped pretty much through the remaining 88 games. They went 37-51 to finish the year, giving them 79 wins, which was good enough for fourth place in a tough NL West. You can pretty much draw a line in the sand between how the Giants performed prior to and after the Paul trade.
They looked like a legitimate playoff team in the first half of the season and one of the worst teams in the second half. Okay, curses do not exist, but it is always fun to pinpoint these unrelated occurrences and how they seemingly had a lasting effect.