In old Chicago
We implored, “Let the goat in!”
As always, Cubs choked.
The Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago has too long a history and too many cool things about it for me to go into whilst trying to do a blog dedicated to life in SE England, but 1) we’re Cubs fans and it’s spring training, 2) I ate in the Goat Tavern in London my last trip down, and 3) it is sort of like a pub here. Plus, I needed to do a Haiku for the day.
Every American that has had a television anytime in the last 35 years knows the John Belushi/Dan Aykroyd/Bill Murray sketches (look for “Olympia Restaurant” sorry, video only in America, apparently) about the foreigners at a diner and all you can get is cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger, no-Coke-…-Pepsi!, two cheeps! That’s based on the Billy Goat, this bar down below the roads on the north side of the river below Michigan Avenue, WGN and the newspapers.
You can get quite a bit more here http://www.billygoattavern.com/history.html
The Billy Goat Tavern was purchased for $205 back in 1934, with a bad cheque by William Sialis, but he covered that cheque with the first week’s sales. A goat fell off a truck and wandered inside and became the mascot of the tavern.
Bill Sianis had this habit of taking his goat to Cubs games and got booted from a World Series match-up in 1945 when other fans complained about the smell. Declaring, “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more,” the curse was on. There was this one time in 1994 when the Cubs started the season with the longest losing streak in their history and Sam Sianis brought the (I assume another) goat to the field and was blocked at the gates…until a chant went up from the crowd: “LET THE GOAT IN! LET THE GOAT IN!” Cubs won the game
When they were eliminated by the Arizona Diamondbacks a few years ago, it was on the anniversary of the day the curse began. Spooky.