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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Goat’s head delivered to Wrigley

Not even from a 100 years ago…

A goat’s head was delivered to Wrigley Field this afternoon, addressed to Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, and police are investigating the dropoff of the “intimidating package,” officials said.

A package with a goat’s head was dropped off at Wrigley, 1060 W. Addison St., addressed to Ricketts, Cubs team spokesman Julian Green said.

The package was dropped off at Gate K at the field, Green said. The delivery was reported to police, he said.

Police were called to the ballpark about 2:30 p.m. because of an “intimidating package,” and officers filed an appropriate report, said Police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala. News Affairs did not have information on details of the incident, but police are investigating, Zala said.

The Cubs are in the middle of highly publicized negotiations with city officials regarding proposed changes at the stadium, including about whether the team should be able to increase the number of night games at the field from 30 to about 40.

Repoz Posted: April 10, 2013 at 09:12 PM | 39 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 10, 2013 at 09:30 PM (#4410308)
did someone think this was funny? because it's just weird
   2. pthomas Posted: April 10, 2013 at 09:34 PM (#4410316)
For soup?
   3. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: April 10, 2013 at 09:40 PM (#4410323)
Exactly! Are the Rolling Stones playing Wrigley on their upcoming tour???
   4. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: April 10, 2013 at 09:43 PM (#4410328)
c'mon youse guys--you know about the curse
   5. depletion Posted: April 10, 2013 at 09:50 PM (#4410337)
I hope the goat was slaughtered for food and someone didn't kill an animal for a joke.
"Goat's Head Soup" has to be the beginning of the decline of the Stones. One of their worst.
   6. 'Spos lost the handle trying to make the transfer Posted: April 10, 2013 at 10:03 PM (#4410353)
Tom Ricketts sleeps with the goats...
   7. Northpaw Posted: April 10, 2013 at 10:11 PM (#4410359)
He should have his kids taken away.
   8. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: April 10, 2013 at 10:11 PM (#4410360)
c'mon youse guys--you know about the curse


Did it involve Babe Ruth's piano???
   9. Dan Posted: April 10, 2013 at 10:17 PM (#4410362)
The renovations should be an improvement but losing 10+ day games at Wrigley to watch on Spring and Summer afternoons is a big loss for any fan with Extra Innings or MLB.tv.
   10. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 10, 2013 at 10:20 PM (#4410365)
Police were called to the ballpark about 2:30 p.m. because of an “intimidating package,” and officers filed an appropriate report, said Police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala. News Affairs did not have information on details of the incident, but police are investigating, Zala said.

Chicago Police Chief: "Round up the usual suspects. Bring in the local Primates!"
   11. SteveM. Posted: April 10, 2013 at 10:24 PM (#4410367)
Pretty obvious to me. Carlos Marmol sleeps with the goats.
   12. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 10, 2013 at 10:42 PM (#4410383)
"Goat's Head Soup" has to be the beginning of the decline of the Stones. One of their worst.


True, but it contains my favorite Stones song, "Winter"...
   13. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: April 10, 2013 at 10:48 PM (#4410386)
Chicago Police Chief: "Round up the usual suspects. Bring in the local Primates!"


Oh please, even Chief Wiggum or Sheriff Lobo would know that no BBTF primate, local or otherwise, has anything resembling an "intimidating package" ...
   14. Gamingboy Posted: April 10, 2013 at 10:59 PM (#4410393)
Dear god, who would cut the head off a goat!

/Purposely missing the point
   15. Mess with the Meat, you get the Wad! Posted: April 10, 2013 at 11:02 PM (#4410394)
Apparently Boras is trying to get someone on the cubs roster
   16. Best Dressed Chicken in Town Posted: April 10, 2013 at 11:47 PM (#4410421)
I have some superstitions but Curse of the Billy Goat is the dumbest ####### #### I've ever heard of. They wouldn't let you bring a goat into a stadium? Boo ####### hoo. What mystical powers do you have anyway? No, the Cubs have just sucked.
   17. Walt Davis Posted: April 10, 2013 at 11:50 PM (#4410422)
Given the infamous curse, I'm guessing the package wasn't meant to be intimidating (unless there was an accompanying intimidating note) but a "sacrifice" to remove the billy goat curse. I assume you can buy a goat's head at any decent Halal butcher in Chicago (of which there must be dozens if not hundreds by now) so I assume no animal was expressly killed just for this "joke."
   18. Mess with the Meat, you get the Wad! Posted: April 11, 2013 at 12:14 AM (#4410434)
the rear end was sent to selig
   19. Morty Causa Posted: April 11, 2013 at 12:30 AM (#4410441)
Just like a Cubs fan to mistake a goat for a horse.
   20. Gonfalon B. Posted: April 11, 2013 at 12:35 AM (#4410444)
True, but it contains my favorite Stones song, "Winter"...

Coincidentally, that's also the Cubs' most successful season.
   21. madvillain Posted: April 11, 2013 at 02:21 AM (#4410477)
It's only slightly more disgusting than the on-field product.
   22. bobm Posted: April 11, 2013 at 02:35 AM (#4410481)
[15] Apparently Boras is trying to get someone on the cubs roster

A little while ago...

RICKETTS: All right, start talking. 
HEYMAN: Uh, I was sent by a friend of Kyle Lohse's -- His agent is my client, who'd give his undying friendship to Mr. Ricketts, if Mr. Ricketts would grant us a small -- favor.
RICKETTS: Ricketts is listening. 
HEYMAN: Sign Kyle for three years, $45 million in time for the new seaon you're starting next week
RICKETTS: (laughs, then) And, uh, what favor would, uh, your friend, uh, grant Mr. Ricketts? 
HEYMAN: You're gonna have some union problems; my client could make them disappear. Also, one of your top stars has just moved from andro to HGH ... 

   23. Scott Lange Posted: April 11, 2013 at 06:45 AM (#4410495)

Oh please, even Chief Wiggum or Sheriff Lobo would know that no BBTF primate, local or otherwise, has anything resembling an "intimidating package" ...


I guess you've never seen one wrapped up in one of these.
   24. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: April 11, 2013 at 08:08 AM (#4410514)
Someone wanna fix the board? It's all wide and stuff.
   25. Bitter Mouse Posted: April 11, 2013 at 08:50 AM (#4410545)
did someone think this was funny? because it's just weird


I think it is kind of funny, but also inappropriate (and not as funny as this thread which is pretty good).

I think #18 wins the thread so far, but it is close.
   26. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: April 11, 2013 at 08:59 AM (#4410549)
Someone wanna fix the board? It's all wide and stuff.

It's bobm's fault. We shouldn't let these amateurs mess around with tags they don't know how to use.
   27. The Fallen Reputation of Billy Jo Robidoux Posted: April 11, 2013 at 09:14 AM (#4410554)
He should have his kids taken away.


Bravo.
   28. VoodooR Posted: April 11, 2013 at 09:33 AM (#4410574)
I have some superstitions but Curse of the Billy Goat is the dumbest ####### #### I've ever heard of.


Agreed. And if you want a historical incident to attribute a curse to, the "Curse of Fred Merkle" would be so much cooler. The goat stuff is awful.
   29. Styles P. Deadball Posted: April 11, 2013 at 09:55 AM (#4410596)
Agreed. And if you want a historical incident to attribute a curse to, the "Curse of Fred Merkle" would be so much cooler. The goat stuff is awful.


One of Merkle's relatives has tried to push that idea. I agree it makes more sense in a stupid, curse-y way.

Screw the goat. Take a look at the Cubs' first round draft picks since the advent of the draft. That's all you need to see to know why they haven't won.
   30. Bitter Mouse Posted: April 11, 2013 at 10:01 AM (#4410603)
Screw the goat.


Is that even legal?
   31. VoodooR Posted: April 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM (#4410645)
One of Merkle's relatives has tried to push that idea. I agree it makes more sense in a stupid, curse-y way.


As overdone as the "Curse of the Bambino" was, in the very least it gave casual fans a history lesson about something that was truly an important part in baseball's past -- Ruth's sale to the Red Sox, Frazee, No, No Nanette, etc.

The Merkle Curse could do the same thing, but instead we get this stupid goat story that nobody gave two shits about in 1945 and nobody sensible gives a #### about today.

The Fred Merkle Curse might have gotten a bit more traction if the Cubs would have lost the one-game wild card playoff back in 1998, because the mildly infamous Brant Brown error that cost the Cubs a game and made that playoff game necessary took place exactly 90 years to the date of the so-called Merkle Boner.
   32. victor Posted: April 11, 2013 at 01:41 PM (#4410874)
BTW there used to be a Bar on Clark close to Wrigley called Merkle's Boner. Don't know if it is still there.

It is a good way of separating "real" cubs fans from bleacher fratboys, by asking them if they know what it means! :-)

PS: I agree. As a Cubs fan, I HATE this goat curse nonsense. I mean seriously?!? The guy thought he could get his smelly
####### Goat in for the WS game? WTF? There is a reason "smells like a Goat" is a epithet, ya bastid.
   33. HMS Moses Taylor Posted: April 11, 2013 at 02:17 PM (#4410917)
BTW there used to be a Bar on Clark close to Wrigley called Merkle's Boner. Don't know if it is still there.

It's just called Merkle's. No boner in the title.
   34. Ron J2 Posted: April 11, 2013 at 02:19 PM (#4410921)
#31, Not sure if you're aware and are posting tongue in cheek, but:

The story that Ruth was sold to finance No, No Nanette is an urban legend.

To the extent that his sale was for a particular financial reason, it was to buy Fenway.

EDIT: At the time Frazee absolutely denied Ruth was sold for financial reasons.
The stories of the day had much more to do with Ruth being a PITA -- being sold because Boston
had run out of patience with him. Certainly that's the story that Frazee put out there.
   35. Styles P. Deadball Posted: April 11, 2013 at 02:22 PM (#4410924)
It's just called Merkle's.


I knew of the place. I was trying to think of why I've never been there, since I'm a sucker for anything deadball-era related.... It's an Iowa Hawkeyes bar.

F*^k that joint.
   36. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 11, 2013 at 02:43 PM (#4410946)
How does Merkle's Boner make any sense at all as a curse? The Cubs won the World Series right after it happened, and continued going to the series regularly for another 30 years afterward.
   37. zonk Posted: April 11, 2013 at 03:18 PM (#4410991)
How does Merkle's Boner make any sense at all as a curse?


I had assumed the suggestion involved some form of grave robbing...
   38. staring out the window and waiting for fenderbelly Posted: April 11, 2013 at 04:25 PM (#4411061)
The stories of the day had much more to do with Ruth being a PITA -- being sold because Boston
had run out of patience with him. Certainly that's the story that Frazee put out there.


Classic Red Sox.
   39. Ron J2 Posted: April 11, 2013 at 04:59 PM (#4411100)
#38 It's worth noting that it's pretty clear that Ed Barrow (the guy Ruth clashed with frequently) pretty
clearly didn't see Ruth as an intolerable PITA (considering his own career choices after the sale of Ruth)

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