You’ve heard of the the Cubs’ Curse of the Billy Goat, right? Just to recap, during the 1945 World Series, the owner of Chicago’s Billy Goat Tavern owner was supposedly kicked out of Wrigley Field because of the smell of his pet goat, at which point he cursed the team to never win a title at that ballpark.
Sure enough, the Cubs haven’t so much as been to the World Series since then, and they haven’t won a championship since 1908. However, with this year’s team poised to make a postseason run, some Cubs fans did what they could Tuesday to lift the curse.
These weren’t just ordinary fans, though — they were a group of competitive eaters, including Takeru Kobayashi, famous for dominating the July 4 Nathan’s hot dog-eating contest from 2001 to 2006. And what did these eaters consume?
Why, a goat, of course.
The event took place at a Chicago restaurant owned by competitive eaters Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti and Tim Brown. They, along with Kobayashi, Kevin “L.A. Beast” Strahle and Bob “Notorious B.O.B.” Shoudt, took down 40 pounds of cooked goat in mere minutes.
Only time will tell if the stunt was worth it. Of course, the Cubs first must reach the postseason, or else it was much ado about mutton.
The team, though, is very well-positioned to make the playoffs, with a 10-game lead over its closest competitor (the Giants) for the second wild-card spot. The Cubs have made the postseason six times since 1945, most recently in 2008, but they have only won one playoff series, in 2003.
(H/T The Score)