Takeru Kobayashi Gets The Chicago Cubs’ Goat
This year has been a great one for the Chicago Cubs. They're a lock for the playoffs, and even though they're third in the NL Central, in any other division in baseball their 89 wins would be good enough to be first. In fact, with two weeks left, the Cubbies have already gotten more wins than any season since 2008.
— Patty Wetli (@pattywetli) September 22, 2015
But these are the Cubs, the lightning rod of superstition in MLB. Even if they get to the playoffs, a meteor will land in centerfield and cause Dexter Fowler to drop the ball. Or President Trump will repossess their World Series rings because they have too many illegals (hey, if we do build that the Mexican border wall, can we cover it in ivy?). Or Moises Alou will come out of retirement and have the ball stolen from his glove by an asthmatic accountant in a Moises Alou jersey. And all this comes from the Legend of the Goat. Wait, you don't know the LOTG?
In 1945, Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis was asked to leave a World Series game at Wrigley Field (wow, I don't think I've ever typed that phrase before) because he brought his pet goat. So being the crazy man that he apparently was (really, a goat?) he put a curse on the team. Okay, sure, that doesn't account for the years 1909 to 1944, but just go with it. So with the Cubs doing well this year, it was time to exorcise that goat curse thingee.
A local restaurant cooked a 40-lb goat (wow, there's another first time phrase) for consumption. I'm not sure that the first thing that comes to mind for me to break the curse would be to eat a goat, but hey, I haven't won a World Series in over a century, either. The cool part, though, was since it might be a challenge to eat the goat, they brought in some gastronomical ringers, including Takeru Kobayashi, the dude that ate all those Coney Island hot dogs. The goat didn't stand a chance, and all that was left was the bones and the 1945 story.
So of course the Curse has now been lifted, the Cubs will no longer be the goat, and they'll get that elusive World Series ring, right? Who am I kidding...
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David Young has been a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated, and is one for SportsGrid.
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