Chicago police are searching for the man who allegedly delivered a severed goat’s head to Wrigley Field in a package addressed to Cubs owner Tom Ricketts.
The unidentified man drove to the ballpark early yesterday afternoon and handed a package to a security guard, asking that it be delivered directly to Ricketts. He then hopped back in his truck and left the scene.
Suspicious of the man, the Cubs’ security staff opened the package and found a severed goat’s head — complete with U.S. Department of Agriculture tag on its ear.
Fans of baseball will immediately recognize the connection between this story and the infamous “Curse of the Billy Goat” that was supposedly placed on the Cubs back in 1945 when a fan was asked to leave a game at Wrigley Field because his pet goat was becoming a nuisance to other spectators. As the story goes, the ejected fan declared, “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more,” and the team has experienced little success in the decades since.
There have been numerous attempts to break the curse over the years and this latest incident would appear to be yet another.
In 2003, Cubs fans attempted to bring a goat into a game in Houston’s Minute Maid Park and, after being rejected, unfurled a banner which declared they were “reversing the curse.”
In 2007, a dead goat was hung from the statue of legendary sports broadcaster Harry Caray outside Wrigley Field.
In 2011, a group of fans took a more positive approach and started a charity with the goal of giving goats to families in developing nations.
The Cubs currently sit at 3-5, good for third-place in the National League Central. The team’s game on Wednesday was rained out. Team officials insisted that the goat’s head incident had nothing to do with the cancellation of the game.