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Man delivers severed goat's head for Cubs owner Tom Ricketts

April 12, 2013|By Houston Mitchell
  • Cubs owner Tom Ricketts was sent an unsettling package on Wednesday.
Cubs owner Tom Ricketts was sent an unsettling package on Wednesday. (Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated…)

It was a strange day at Wrigley Field on Wednesday. An unidentified man driving a white van pulled up to a security entrance, parked, got out and wordlessly dropped off a package addressed to Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts before leaving.

Security personnel opened the box and discovered a goat's severed head.

Cubs personnel called the police, who are seeking the man who left the package.

"Obviously, it's just an unfortunate fan doing something pretty stupid," Cubs Manager Dale Sveum said.

Why a goat's head? Well, there is actually a bizarre sort of logic to the package.

In 1945, a Chicago bar owner named William "Billy Goat" Sianis tried to bring a goat to Game 4 of the World Series between the Detroit Tigers and Cubs, but was denied entrance because, as then-Cubs owner P.K. Wrigley said, "The goat stinks."

Sianis, who brought the goat figuring it would bring good luck, said he would put a curse on the team because they refused to let the goat in. The Cubs have never been to the World Series since then.

The Cubs and police believe the fan on Wednesday was trying to lift the curse with the goat's head.

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