The Curse of the Billy Goat has been Lifted

Gillian O'Neill, Staff Writer

On November 2nd the Chicago Cubs broke their 108 year curse and won the 2016 world series. Most baseball fans know about the lengthy period of time between their last two world series wins, but little know about the “curse” that supposedly caused it. There are many different legends told as to why they didn’t win for so long, some crazier than others. One of the most famous legends is the “Curse of the Billy Goat”.

As legend has it,  a man named William Sianis brought his pet goat Murphey to game 4 of the 1945 world series. While in the stands, fans started to complain about a smell coming from Murphy, and asked that he and Sianis be escorted out of Wrigley field. Sianis allegedly declared that “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more.” Which is interpreted to mean that the Cubs weren’t going to win the World Series. The Cubs lost the game  and ended up losing the world series all together to the Detroit Tigers. They didn’t even play in another world series until this year. In the 2016 National League Championship Series, the Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 on the 46th anniversary of William Sianis’ death. Some say the Curse of the Billy Goat is very real and the odd occurrences are all for a reason and some say it’s all just a coincidence. Zach Martin, sophomore, said “I don’t believe it, it’s not like there can be a winning drought forever.“ Stephanie Miller, sophomore, said “I’m skeptical to believe in legends like that but the Billy Goat one is pretty funny… I’m glad it’s broken“.

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