Goat’s head delivered to Wrigley

“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.”

We’re not sure if that was the intent, but someone
definitely sent a message to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday
afternoon.

A goat’s head was delivered to Wrigley Field, addressed to Cubs
owner Tom Ricketts,
the
Chicago Tribune reported
. Cubs spokesperson Julian Green said
an unidentified person delivered a package containing the goat’s
head to Gate K of Wrigley Field at 1060 W. Addison St.

Green immediately called police, who responded to the call
around 2:30 p.m. CT to investigate the “intimidating package.”

Ricketts is currently in negotiations with neighborhood business
people and city officials regarding a $300 million renovation to
the landmark stadium, which is 99 years old.

Rooftop owners don’t want Jumbotron-like scoreboards to
block — or obstruct — their views of the ballgames, and
are claiming the Cubs are backing out of a contract 11 years to
soon. The Cubs and rooftop owners agreed and signed a contract to a
20-year deal in 2004.

It definitely wasn’t these guys.

 

Why the goat’s head?

If you’re not aware of the “Curse of the Billy Goat,” here’s the
story.

In 1945, Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis wanted to bring
his goat inside Wrigley Field for a World Series game against the
Detroit Tigers, but the goat was denied entrance.

So rumor is that Sianis put a hex on the Cubs, saying no World
Series game would ever be played at Wrigley Field again. Others
claim the hex was that the Cubs would never appear in a World
Series with no mention of the venue.

The Cubs haven’t been back to the Fall Classic since 1945 and
haven’t won one since 1908. They came close twice since 1984.

There was the 2003 incident in Game 6 of the National League
Championship Series. With the Cubs up 3-2 in the best-of-7 series
and leading the Florida Marlins 3-0 in the top of the eighth
inning, a foul ball was hit down the left-field line at Wrigley
Field. That’s when Cubs outfielder Moises Alou felt a fan, Steve
Bartman, interfered, keeping Alou from catching the ball.

The Cubs went on to lose 8-3 and then lost Game 7 — also
at Wrigley — denying them a trip to the World Series. Was it
the curse of the goat?

 




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Nineteen years earlier, the Cubs were in the NLCS for the first
time since 1945, facing the San Diego Padres.

Chicago won the first two games at home and was one win away
from advancing to the World Series — the NLCS was a best-of-5
series then. But the Padres, who had only been around since 1969,
rallied to win the next two games at home, setting up the decisive
Game 5 in San Diego.

The Cubs jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings and led 3-2
after six. But in the bottom of the seventh, Cubs first baseman
Leon Durham allowed a ground ball to trickle through his legs as
the Padres tied it, before adding three more runs in the inning to
claim a 6-3 victory and a trip to the World Series.

And so the curse of the goat lived on.

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