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Police probe delivery of goat's head to Wrigley Field

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It was either a bid to end a curse or a possible attempt to intimidate Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts.

Either way, Chicago police are investigating Wednesday afternoon's delivery of a goat head to Wrigley Field and addressed personally to Ricketts, according to a report on ESPNChicago.com.

Legend has it that the Cubs are believed to have been cursed since 1945, the last time they appeared in the World Series, when team management ejected a goat owned by a local restaurant/bar owner who brought the animal into the ballpark under the pretense of bringing good luck to the team. When the goat was refused entry, Billy Sianis, owner of the Billy Goat restaurant/bar, put a World Series hex on the Cubs which has not been broken to date.

The Cubs not only lost the 1945 Series, they have not won a championship in 105 years, since 1908, the longest drought without a championship in any major professional sport.

Or, Wednesday's incident could be from a disgruntled fan who does not want to see Ricketts' multi-million dollar plan for major renovations to the ballpark. Those renovations include a video scoreboard that could potentially block the view of the field from apartment buildings across the street, many of which have become businesses that sell rooftop seats to fans that get amenities such as food and drink with their purchase price to watch a game. The Cubs do not derive any revenue from those rooftop businesses.

"We got a call at 2:30 p.m., responding to 1060 West Addison, Wrigley Field," a Chicago Police Department spokesman said, according to ESPNChicago.com. "We're investigating it as an intimidating package."

No note was attached to the dead goat's head, nor have there been any telephone communications from individuals or groups that may have been involved in the incident.

Negotiations between the team and the city of Chicago are still underway on the scope of the ballpark renovations.

Wednesday's home game between the Cubs and Brewers was postponed to a later date due to inclement weather.
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