The world of baseball has been rocked with the latest twist in the free agency chase surrounding Shohei Ohtani. The Toronto Blue Jays, who were hopeful of signing the Japanese sensation, have been left in the cold, as Ohtani signed a hearty 10-year, $700 million contract with the LA Dodgers. The disappointment among Blue Jays fans was palpable, but the situation was further charged by the superstition-laced Instagram post of Canadian rapper, Drake, known for his unintended curse on sports teams he publicly supports.
The Drake Curse: Coincidence or Fate?
Drake, a Toronto native, posted a picture of himself wearing Shohei Ohtani's 2023 All-Star Game jersey on Instagram, seemingly in anticipation of Ohtani joining the Blue Jays. However, the move sparked anxiety within the fanbase, who feared that the infamous 'Drake curse' would strike again. The curse is a series of unfortunate coincidences where teams or athletes suffer unexpected defeats or setbacks after Drake shows public support. This time, the curse seemed to have played out in real-time, with Ohtani choosing the LA Dodgers over the Blue Jays.
Ohtani's Stellar Performance and the Blue Jays' Loss
Shohei Ohtani, an elite hitter coming off a 2023 season with a 10 WAR, including 44 home runs and a 1.066 OPS (.304/.412/.654), is a significant asset to any team. However, due to a UCL injury and subsequent Tommy John surgery, he won't be able to pitch again until 2025. His decision to sign with the Dodgers is a significant blow to the Blue Jays who were reportedly in the run to sign him. The disappointment among the Blue Jays supporters has been amplified by Drake's ill-fated endorsement, leading to a wave of reactions on social media.
Fan Reactions and The Drake Curse
Blue Jays fans have taken to social media to express their disappointment and humorously lament the continuation of the 'Drake curse.' Many are urging the rapper to refrain from endorsing their favorite teams in the future, fearing the potential negative impact. The superstition surrounding the 'Drake curse' continues to be a talking point in the world of sports, adding an extra layer of intrigue and drama to the already high-stakes game of baseball free agency.