Nobody was giving the Arizona Diamondbacks a chance before the start of the National League Championship Series. Facing off against the heavy slugging and stingy pitching of the Philadelphia Phillies, most people outside Arizona assumed the young Diamondbacks were in over their heads going into the NLCS.
And after the first two games, it appeared those people were correct. The Phillies smashed and bashed their way to a 2-0 series lead at Citizens Bank Park. The Diamondbacks looked out of their element and completely overmatched.
But when the series shifted to Chase Field in Arizona, things suddenly changed. The Diamondbacks got right back in the series with two come-from-behind wins in Games 3 and 4 and stole momentum away from the once high-flying Phillies.
So what happened down there in the desert?
Did the Diamondbacks, or rather their fans, use Voodoo to curse the Phillies and give their home team a chance to climb back into the NLCS?
A recently surfaced video, shared by X user Antonio Chacon seems to show a Diamondbacks fan, located in outfield seats at Chase Field with a Philadelphia Phillies effigy, or doll, stuck with a number of pins — eight by our count.
Did Voodoo curse the Phillies in Arizona?
Whether you believe in Voodoo curses or not, you have to admit something went very awry for the Phillies at Chase Field.
It's unclear at which game the footage was recorded, but there's a good chance it's from one of the two disastrous losses in Games 3 and 4.
Game 3 began with a pitcher's duel between tonight's Game 7 starters, Ranger Suárez and Brandon Pfaadt. It ended with closer Craig Kimbrel taking the loss after blowing the 1-1 tie in the ninth. It was an inning that featured a walk, a double, a single, a fielder's choice, and another walk before Ketel Marte finally put Kimbrel out of his misery with a walk-off RBI single.
Talk about cursed.
Perhaps the doll was in use the following night during the Diamondbacks' dramatic Game 4 comeback, which again featured a heavy dose of Kimbrel. This time in the eighth, the veteran gave up a game-tying pinch-hit two-run home run to Alek Thomas before José Alvarado let in Kimbrel's final run to seal the 6-5 loss.
If the Voodoo doll was supposed to be Kimbrel, it would explain a lot.
Or maybe Kimbrel just didn't have it, and the Diamondbacks proved to all their doubters that they belong in the NLCS and deserve a shot at the World Series.
Either way, both the Phillies and Diamondbacks have a chance to prove their mettle in Game 7 on Tuesday. Let's just hope the Voodoo doll doesn't play a role.