Wednesday, October 1, 2008

October


It's October and that means... BASEBALL PLAYOFFS!!! This year is especially exciting for some fans because the Cubs are in the playoffs. If you happen to have been living in a cave for the last six months, you may not realize that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Cubs victory over Detroit on October 14, 1908 to win their last World Series title. Between 1908 and 1945, the Cubs played in many World Series matchups, but failed to win.
Another hot sports news item over the last six months in relation to why the Cubs haven't played in a World Series since 1945 is "the curse." A nearby tavern owner, Billy "The Goat" Sianis bought two tickets to game 4 of the series. He attended the game with his goat, Murphy. It began to rain, and Billy and Murphy were ejected from the game due to complaints from other fans about the stink from the wet goat. Billy Sianis left Chicago and went to his native home in Greece where he allegedly cursed the Cubs that they would never win another pennant or play in another World Series. He wrote a letter to the Cubs organization asking "who stinks now?" The curse legend was fueled by losing seasons for over 20 years after this event and the black cat incident at Shea.
Since then, there have been attempts to break the curse. Sam Sianis (a nephew of Billy's) has been invited to bring a goat to Wrigley and has done so on four occasions (1984 - year of a division win, 1989, 1994 and 1998 - another division win). In 2003, a group of fans took a goat to a Cubs game in Houston. They were, of course, denied entry with the goat. They then proclaimed they were reversing the curse. Houston had been leading the NL Central until that point, but ended up losing to the Cubs. Subsequently, the Cubs lost the NL pennant to the Florida Marlins after the Bartman ball incident (the most recent tragic event in a 63 year history of near misses on a pennant win and a chance at playing in the World Series). In 2007, unknown persons hung a butchered goat from the Harry Caray statue in front of Wrigley. The Cubs have won the NL Central both years (interestingly, the last time the Cubs won their division two years in a row was 1907 and 1908).

I know how important the Cubs are to Dad and although I'm not a goat, I figured I'd do what I could to help reverse the curse. Here's a picture of me checking out Dad's Cubbie bear and thinking good thoughts.


Dad had me do this in the 9th inning tonight when the Cubs were down 6-2 to the LA Dodgers. It didn't work tonight, but there's always tomorrow...

Puppy Slurps, Canyon

9 woo woos:

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Sorry Khanyon -

Woo had better work some Kapp Pakhk Magikh -

Paws khrossed for woo all fur The PHillies would love to play the Khubs!

Hugz&Khysses,
MFT

The OP Pack said...

Not really into baseball here but that was a very interesting post, we learned a lot.

Go, Cubs!!

Woos, the OP Pack

The Army of Four said...

You don't think that black cat thing had anything to do with Huffle, do you?
Play bows,
Zim

Kathryn and Ari said...

We're pretty conflicted here: I'm a big Cardinals fan and am trying really hard to turn my attention towards the Cubbies. I'm not going to lie, though, it's tough to undue years of competition!

River said...

We'd be happy to root for the Cubs. Hope things get better for them!

love & wags,
River

nl1990 said...

Canyon - maybe you should come here and think those good thoughts!

nancy
(a southside cubs fan! - ok, i like the sox too, would be fun to have an "el" series)

Asta said...

Canyon don't give up, I'm suwe youw good thoughts will help youw cubbies soon
smoochie kisses
ASTA

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Maybe instead of a goat, they need a Sibe to break the curse!

Kat

Thor and Marco Polo and 3 Kats said...

WOO WOO

Mom says it's too late for the Cubs ! She loves them but it's painful to watch them!

Hugs
Thor and Marco Polo