IS THIS THE CUBS YEAR?

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 The above picture will tell you just how serious Chicago Cubs fans are about their baseball. Although it’s a little hard to make out, the picture shows Chicago police cutting down a GOAT CARCASS that was tied to the statue of broadcaster Harry Caray outside Wrigley Field.

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That’s right. This offseason somebody killed a goat, butchered it and snuck its dead body up to a famous landmark in downtown Chicago. They then tied the dead body of the animal to a statue of Chicago’s most beloved baseball announcer. All in attempt to remove a “curse” on their baseball team.

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THOSE ARE SERIOUS FANS !

 It was exactly 100 years ago that the Chicago Cubs won their last World Series.

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That 1908 championship club was lead by the lyrical double play combo of Tinkers to Evers to Chance. The trio was so famous they had a poem written in their honor:

“These are the saddest of possible words:
“Tinker to Evers to Chance.”
Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds,
Tinker and Evers and Chance.
Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,
Making a Giant hit into a double —
Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:
“Tinker to Evers to Chance.”

 (you just don’t hear the phrase “gonfalon bubble” anymore)

Their staff pitching ace was Mordecai “Three Fingers” Brown, who really did have three fingers.

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Brown lost two fingers off his pitching hand in a farm machinery accident as a child. (actually as you can see from the following pictures he LOST one finger and severely mangled another)

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Brown won 29 games for the ’08 Cubs and two more in the World Series (he had nine career World series wins for the Cubs).

The Cubs, in fact, were one of basball’s first dynasties.

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 The 1906 Chicago Cubs won a record 116 games in a 154 game season. Chicago won back to back World Series championships in 1907 and 1908. Many felt the Cubs could have been in the Series for five straight seasons, had their great catcher Johnny Kling not sat out the entire 1909 season to play professional pocket billiards.

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They won the pennant again in 1910 but lost to the Philadelphia Athletics in the World Series.

That makes the 1908 squad the last Cubs team to win a World Series. Exactly one hundred years ago.

There’s an article out today entitled Cubs Look To Avoid a Full Century of Ineptitude. It will be a common theme for writers this season. How can a team go 100 YEARS without winning a World Series?

Some say the Cubs are cursed.

A lot of the people hitting this website are NOT hardcore sports fans so I’ll briefly recap this.

Curse: The Cubs have been in one World Series since 1910. That was in 1945. In game 4 of the 1945 World Series, the Curse of the Billy Goat was allegedly laid upon the Cubs when owner P.K. Wrigley ejected a bar owner named Billy Sianis from the ballpark.  Sianis had come to game 4 with two box seat tickets, one for him and one for his goat. They paraded around for a few innings, but Wrigley demanded the goat leave the park due to its unpleasant odor.

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SIANIS FEEDS HIS GOAT A BOTTLE OF BLATZ BEER

Upon his ejection, Mr. Sianis uttered, “the Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more.” The Cubs lost game 4, lost the 1945 World Series, and have not been back since. It has also been said by many that Sianis put a “curse” on the Cubs, apparently preventing the team from making it back to the World Series.

Since then many gimmicks have been tried to remove the curse.

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None have worked.

The Cubs have made the playoffs as recently as last season. This year’s club is definitely a contender in the weak NL Central. Veteran manager, Lou Piniella, leads a team that includes a legitimate MVP candidate (Alfonso Soriano) and a staff workhouse at the top of their starting rotation (Carlos Zambrano.) The Cubs also acquired Japanese star outfielder, Kosuke Fukudome in the offseason.

That gives the Chicago Cubs at least a CHANCE to break a 100 year jinx this season.

 You can check out a video of Chicago’s Finest removing the goat carcass from Harry Caray’s statue here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVocTOlIG6E

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