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Goat's Head Addressed to Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts Delivered to Wrigley Field

April 5, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs owners Todd Ricketts (left) and Tom Ricketts (right)  speak before the game against the Washington Nationals on opening day at Wrigley Field.  Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
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Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistApril 10, 2013

Police in Chicago are investigating the delivery of a very suspicious package dropped off at Wrigley Field Wednesday afternoon. 

According to the Chicago Tribune, a package containing a goat's head was dropped off at Gate K of the ballpark during the mid-afternoon hours and addressed specifically to Cubs majority owner Tom Ricketts.

While the exact motivation of the sender cannot be said for certain at the moment, the Cubs franchise, of course, has a long and storied history with goats. The Curse of the Billy Goat—the legend of a hex placed on the franchise by a disgruntled local bar owner after his goat was denied Wrigley Field entrance during the 1945 World Series—has long been cited as one explanation behind the Cubs' 105-year World Series title drought.

Plenty of attempts have been made over the years to eradicate this hex, and perhaps this is the latest attempt. Just last year, five Cubs fans raised money for cancer research while walking with a goat designed to break the curse. 

While the strange homage to Billy Goat in Wednesday's case is obvious, the purpose of sending Ricketts the package is not.

The Cubs have begun the 2013 season 3-5, falling in line thus far with most pundits' expectations of a bottom-of-the-pack National League squad. Chicago has struggled since the Ricketts family took over the organization in late 2009, having gone without a taste of the postseason since and putting together successively worse records each year.

What's more, the Ricketts family has also come under fire of late for their renovation plans for Wrigley Field. It was reported last week that the family and the city of Chicago were nearing an agreement that would call for more night games and a widespread modernization of the legendary park.

The deal has been criticized, though, because of its plans to feature more advertisements in the ballpark and erect a jumbotron that could obstruct views from the legendary rooftops surrounding the stadium.

Whether this is a threatening gesture of protest by an angry fan or simply another attempt to eradicate the "curse," this story will undoubtedly go down as one of the strangest of the 2013 baseball season. 

 

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