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Sorry-looking broom jinxes Cincy’s sweep chances

Kevin Kaduk
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"I call him Dusty Baker." (TBS via @cjzero)

If you're wondering why the Cincinnati Reds couldn't close out an NLDS sweep over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night, look no further than this woman who showed up with Charlie Brown's Christmas tree in broom form. Or at least it's what I believe to be a broom. There's no way that sorry-looking thing could clear a small stoop, let alone the NL West champion San Francisco Giants, no matter if their putrid offense struck out 16 times.

Some of you might be wondering why I'm bristling over a fan's choice of prop at Great American Ballpark. But the baseball gods can be a fickle sort and they do notice when you pull out a broom with the score tied in the 10th inning and your opponent holding runners on second and third. Heck, they're even capable of immediately issuing a correction, even if that means making the best defensive third baseman of his era blow the game with an error.

If the Reds end up losing this series, we know who to blame.

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