Tuesday, December 12

The Chicago Cubs Curse

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Throughout the last 65 years of Cubs baseball, many fans all over the world blame the team’s failure to win a World Series on a curse that was supposedly set by a fan who wanted to watch the game with his pet goat.

In 1945, William “Billy Goat” Sianis wanted to bring his pet goat, Murphy, into Wrigley Field to watch game four of the World Series. At the time, there were no signs saying that pets were not allowed, so he must have assumed that it would be okay. He watched most of the game before he was asked to leave because of the smell. Sianis left the field saying, “The Cubs ain’t gonna win no more. The Cubs will never win a World Series so long as the goat is not allowed in Wrigley Field.” In the end, the Tigers won the World Series, which prompted Sianis to send a telegram to Wrigley that said, “Who stinks now?”

The next appearance of the “curse” happened in 1969, when a black cat ran onto the field and ran circles around Ron Santo while he was standing in the on-deck circle. The Cubs had been having a fantastic year – they were 9½ games over the New York Mets and many people thought that this was finally going to be their year. However, it did not happen. Many fans blame the appearance of the black cat.

The final appearance (as of today) was in 2003 during a playoff game when a young man named Steve Bartman went for a foul ball that left fielder Moises Alou was trying to catch. After this incident, many people said that if it were not for Bartman, the Cubs would be World Series Champions. In my opinion, they were just looking for something or someone to blame for their failure. The Cubs were one game away from the World Series. Bartman trying to go after a foul ball did not affect the game – the players on the field affected the game. And I will be the first to admit that I would have done the exact same thing that Bartman and everyone else tried to do.

So is the curse real? In my opinion, no. The Cubs have had several chances to win the World Series, and they come up with new ways to lose every time. I want nothing more than to see them succeed, but they need to stop blaming their failure to win on this “curse.” And they need to stop deciding to play their worst baseball in the last two months of the season.

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