At least one Chicago Cubs fan – or a sick prankster – has a rather disturbing sense of humour.
That, or whoever sent a severed goat’s head to Wrigley Field’s doorstep takes sporting superstition a bit too seriously.
Every avid sports junkie is well aware of the Cubs’ “curse.” According to some, the unthinkable National League pennant and World Series drought was bestowed upon the Cubs in an incident that took place at Wrigley Field 68 years ago.
During the 1945 World Series between the Cubs and Detroit Tigers, a local tavern owner, Billy Sianis, attended Game 4 of the series with his goat in tow.
But due to the less-than-tolerable stench permeating from the farm animal, Sianis was asked to leave the venue, setting off a series of events that Major League Baseball fans refer to as the “curse” to this day.
A disgruntled Sianis – as the legend goes – sent Cubs owner Philip Wrigley a letter insisting his team wouldn’t win another World Series.
Since then, Sianis’ words have held true.
In addition to losing the ’45 Series, the Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908.
Following Wednesday’s potential animal abuse incident, Cubs team spokesman Julian Green told the Chicago Tribune that the police were notified and a report was filed, but no details were made public as the police are still investigating the incident.
The Cubs, sporting a 3-5 record, postponed their game against the Milwaukee Brewers due to bad weather on Wednesday.
The north Chicago club is currently negotiating with the city to make changes to the stadium, along with the possibility of adding more night games to their schedule.
In a rather farfetched twist, the goat's head could be seen as a threat, mirroring the scene in The Godfather when a Hollywood producer wakes up to find the severed head of his prized horse in his bed after refusing a casting suggestion in his war movie.
Or, it could just be, as mentioned, an overzealous Cubs fan looking to end the club’s so-called curse by any means possible.