The True Story Behind The Chicago Cubs Curse

- Alright Chicago Cubs for one, I do not believe are cursed. But there is a lot of evidence if you are a kind of person who believes in curses to support your opinion that they might be. I'll tell you a little bit about the Curse of the Billy Goat which is the supposed curse on the Chicago Cubs. There was a tavern owner, named William Sianis. He owned this place called The Lincoln Tavern. There was a truck that drove by a goat falls off the truck and wanders into his tavern. Well he loved this thing so much. He named it Murphy, he was his pet it was like his best friend. He loved it so much he changed the name of the tavern to The Billy Goat Tavern. So William Sianis was this huge Cub fan and he wanted to bring the goat to a World Series game in 1945. He even bought it a ticket. P.K. Wrigley, the guy who owned the Cubs at the time looks down and he sees this guy trying to bring a barn animal into a baseball game and he says tell that guy to get the goat out of here, the goat stinks. An usher goes down, stops William Sianis and the goat and he says that you got to get that goat out of here Mr. Wrigley says it stinks. William Sianis says to the guy it's not my goat that stinks, it's the Cubs that stink and they're never gonna win anything I put a curse on the Cubs. The Cubs lose the series against the Detroit Tigers and they don't go for another 71 years. 1969, Cubs are best team in baseball. Looks like they're gonna go all the way. They go to Shea Stadium to face the New York Mets for a two game series in September. The Captain of the team Ron Santo, third baseman known for clicking his heels when they win standing in the on deck circle ready to bat and a black cat comes out of nowhere and runs across his legs and into the Cubs dugout. Cubs lose that series and they go on to lose eight straight and tank. Now 1984, we play a five game series for the National League Championship Series against San Diego Padres. The last game of that series, they're ahead of the San Diego Padres going into the last inning. While they were about to run out onto the field somebody knocks the Gatorade jug over and it lands on Leon Durham, the first baseman's mitt and it gets it all wet. So Leon Durham goes into the field with this wet mitt and a ball comes his way, he's playing first base and it's an easy out, should've been a bang bang play. He misses it, it goes right through his legs. So 2003, which also happens to be the Chinese Year of the Goat. We were five outs away from going to the World Series. Five outs away and the Bartman Incident happens. Mark Prior's on the hill, hits a foul ball and a bunch of fans go for it. At the same time, the outfielder Moises Alou the left fielder, he's going up for it and the fans reach over and he's there. I mean it's a foul ball, it's not a big deal. It should've been, that should've been it. But Moises Alou, the ball falls away the fans grab it and the TV keeps panning to this guy. This little lonely dude named Steve Bartman sitting there. He wasn't the only fan going for the ball, you know. And they say basically well this guy did it. You know, this guy, because the next play what happens is it's a ground ball, simple routine ground ball to Alex Gonzalez, the shortstop and he bobbles it. Now everybody starts thinking it's this guy if he only didn't change our luck. They literally turned Steve Bartman into a scapegoat. Last year we're in the Playoffs we hit the Mets again, the dreaded Mets. They have this player that just start light up on us. That guy's name was Daniel Murphy. The goat's name was Murphy so it's all those little parallels. If you connect the dots yeah, you can craft this amazing story of a curse. Flash forward to 2016, we're looking to the future. I think the culture of the fans, management, the ownership has put the past in the past. They're doing a great job of looking forward whether you believe in curses or not, we're built to win. And I mean, as a Cub fan that's such a special thing for me to think that I'll get to see more of this.