The Chicago Cubs – The Cubbies – The Boys in Blue – The Little Bears – even the Baby Bears… whatever you choose to call this team, you cannot deny the nothing less than outstanding baseball season that this team had in 2016.
The Chicago Cubs have called Chicago, Illinois their home since its inception and play in the famous Wrigley Field. When the team first formed in 1876, they were called “The White Stockings” and were founding members of the National League. They didn’t change their name to what we have come to recognize them as, The Chicago Cubs, until 1903. This team, despite suffering through a 108-year drought, managed to win the 2016 National League Championship Series and the 2016 World Series, a feat that many fans have never seen in their lifetime! The “Billy Goat” curse had FINALLY been lifted!
For those who are unfamiliar with this story, let me enlighten you. There was a man named William Sianis, and he was the owner of the Billy Goat Tavern. In 1945, he brought his pet goat named “Murphy” to the 4th game (a home game, at that) of the World Series. Because the strong, barnyard odor of his pet was offending nearby fans, the Stadium Staff asked him to leave, unless he could return without his beloved pet.
Sianis was obviously very upset with the request and on his way out of the stadium, he yelled out “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more!” Fans took this to mean that the Cubs would never again win a National League pennant, or worse, they would never go on to win another World Series.
After the incident, the Chicago Cubs would not go on to play in a World Series for the next 71 years. Many attempts were made over the next 108 years to reverse the curse. Fans sent everything from severed goat heads as a sacrifice to the “Gods” they upset, raised funds to “Reverse the Curse” and even brought in Sianis’ son with a goat (not Murphy) to try and lift the curse. All efforts were to no avail. The fruitless efforts were never without another try, followed by another. Once the frenzy of the 2016 Season began and Cubs fans started to see that their beloved team had a shot to actually BEAT the curse and win the World Series, it began to draw media attention to the curse.
Commentators spoke of it, newscasts reported on it and even fans tried to ‘shame it’ away. Actor Bill Murray wore a shirt at the world series that read “I Ain’t Afraid of NO Goat!” (A very clear and clever play on a quote from one of his most famous movies.) And now, 108 years later, that curse is finally broken, as the Chicago Cubs have finally brought home a win to their loyal fans.
As the Chicago Cubs gear up for another impressive season, they hope to be able to repeat the winning streak they had in 2016 by winning even more match-ups in 2017 and making up for lost time.
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