The Stat Line Of The Night – 04/12/09 – Aaron Harang
A Dead Goat’s Found Hanging From The Harry Caray Statue
Total Pro Sports – A dead goat’s head was found hanging on the Harry Caray statue outside Wrigley Field early Monday morning as the Cubs get ready to open their 101st game at Wrigley. Back in 2007 another goats head was found, in an attempt to break the curse of the Billy Goat.
A 911 call at about 2:40 a.m. Monday led police to the goat hanging from a rope on the arm of a statue of Harry Caray at the intersection of Clark and Addison streets, according to Town Hall District police.
The curse of the billy goat goes back many many years and to some die hard Cubs fans is the reason why they haven’t returned back to the World Series since 1945. Where the Cubs were up 2-1 in the series against Detroit, but eventually lost the World Series 4-3.
The Billy Goat curse was supposedly placed on the Cubs in 1945 when Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis was asked to leave a World Series game at the Cubs’ home ground of Wrigley Field because his pet goat’s odor was bothering other fans. He was outraged and declared, “Them Cubs, they aren’t gonna win no more,” which has been interpreted to mean that there would never be another World Series game played at Wrigley Field. The curse was immortalized in newspaper columns over the years, particularly by syndicated columnist Mike Royko, and gained widespread attention during the 2003 postseason when Fox television commentators played it up during the Cubs-Marlins match-up in the National League Championship Series. [Wikipedia]
“Maybe the Cubs should get their favorite fan “Steve Bartman” to try and reverse the curse by wearing goats blood and throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.