The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
Babe Ruth Now Haunting Individual Red Sox Fans
Originally posted 11/3/2003

The gruesome specter of the late Babe Ruth haunts Red Sox fan Arpet Gupta
BOSTON - Apparently not satisfied with torturing Boston Red Sox fans by making their team lose in painful, heart-breaking, almost inexplicable ways, the ghost of Hall of Fame baseball player Babe Ruth turned to haunting Boston Red Sox fans on an individual basis at their homes and places of business. The latest actions by Ruth's ghost seem to confirm the existence of the so-called "Curse of the Bambino."

Babe Ruth, also known as "The Bambino," helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 1915, 1916 and 1918 but was sold to the rival New York Yankees after the 1919 season. The Yankees went on to win four World Series with Ruth and 26 overall since the transaction, while in that time the Red Sox have won zero. Some baseball observers believe a curse was placed on the Red Sox after they let Ruth get away.

"I never believed in any of that curse nonsense," said lifelong Red Sox fan Arpet Gupta, 32, of Allston, Mass. "I figured there might be a psycho-somatic element, if that's the way to put it, where Red Sox players might get tight or nervous because they knew their team's history, and that could lead to blowing a game. I always thought it was ridiculous that some supernatural element might be in play."

Gupta apparently changed his tune, however, after being visited by a gruesome specter late last Wednesday night.

"Oooooo," the ghost of Ruth told Gupta. "I am the ghooooost of Babe Ruuuuth!"

"I asked him what he was doing in my bedroom," Gupta told reporters this weekend. "He just said, 'Oooo, beware the Curse of the Bambino!' And I was like, 'uh, why? What's going to happen?' And he goes, 'The Red Sox will keep loooooosing!' Then he disappeared. To be honest, it wasn't very scary. It was more odd than anything."

The Ghost of Babe Ruth said that he plans to continue haunting Red Sox fans on a case-by-case basis until next spring, when he will return to tormenting them by screwing with the team itself.

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