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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Greek Orthodox priest exorcizes Cubs dugout

The Cubs brought a heavy hitter to Wrigley Field on Wednesday afternoon, asking the Rev. James L. Greanias, a Greek Orthodox priest from St. Iakovos Church in Valparaiso, Ind., to spread holy water around the dugout to remove an alleged curse that has hovered over the ballclub since its last World Series appearance in 1945.

Unfortunately, they used a Gregorian calendar priest, so the curse won’t be lifted for another 13 days.

Cabbage Posted: October 02, 2008 at 04:04 PM | 48 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 02, 2008 at 04:10 PM (#2964555)
Oh the things this organization forces us fans to defend.
   2. phredbird Posted: October 02, 2008 at 04:12 PM (#2964560)
Unfortunately, they used a Gregorian calendar priest


good one.
   3. Rafael Bellylard: The Grinch of Orlando. Posted: October 02, 2008 at 04:13 PM (#2964565)
Isn't this an annual event now?
   4. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: October 02, 2008 at 04:18 PM (#2964573)
Now all they need is Father Guido Sarducci.
   5. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: October 02, 2008 at 04:23 PM (#2964579)
Valparaiso, Indiana?

It's encouraging that in the last few thousand years the tradition of blaming all your problems on a goat and then killing or banishing it has been replaced by the more humane ritual of blaming all your problems on a nonexistent goat and then banishing it.
   6. Styles P. Deadball Posted: October 02, 2008 at 04:31 PM (#2964589)
If I had a dime for all the times they've walked that f#*^in' goat around the warning track... I'd have significantly more dimes than than I currently do.

Goats and tortured, bespectacled fans don't have anything to do with it. Being one of the last MLB teams to embrace the farm system and then poorly stocking it for another few decades is a better reason to be pissed.
   7. SoSH U at work Posted: October 02, 2008 at 04:33 PM (#2964593)
Valparaiso, Indiana?


Why the curiousity about Valpo there Crispix?
   8. Sexy Lizard Posted: October 02, 2008 at 04:43 PM (#2964606)
So if the Cubs win the World Series that proves once and for all that the filioque clause was just a scribal screwup, right?
   9. DJ Endless Grudge Can Use Multiple Slurp Juices Posted: October 02, 2008 at 04:48 PM (#2964610)
I need an old priest and a young priest!
   10. SouthSideRyan Posted: October 02, 2008 at 04:51 PM (#2964616)
Enough with this stupid ####.
   11. Cabbage Posted: October 02, 2008 at 04:54 PM (#2964622)
So if the Cubs win the World Series that proves once and for all that the filioque clause was just a scribal screwup, right?

It also makes Alex S. Gonzalez into Charlemagne.
   12. Jimmy P Posted: October 02, 2008 at 05:06 PM (#2964638)
Valparaiso, Indiana?

Hey, that's where I grew up! My parents still live there.
   13. SoSH U at work Posted: October 02, 2008 at 05:10 PM (#2964642)
Hey, that's where I grew up! My parents still live there.


I'm a resident of Portage Jimmy.
   14. Champions Table Posted: October 02, 2008 at 05:28 PM (#2964668)
Tell me if I'm reading this right: If the Cubs lose, God doesn't exist. Yes?
   15. salvomania Posted: October 02, 2008 at 05:31 PM (#2964675)
No---God just doesn't give a #### about the Cubs.
   16. base ball chick Posted: October 02, 2008 at 05:33 PM (#2964678)
lessee if i understand

someone thinks that alex gonzalez booting a dead easy GIDP ball might could possibly have more to do with a cubs loss than some poor SOB grabbing a foul ball IN THE FRICKING STANDS that the fielder couldn't have got to anyhow???

mercy me

i suppose next you'll try to say something like if bill hall had turned that dead easy GIDP or if rickey weeks had caught an easy toss that my 5 year old coulda caught that the brewers just might could have got out of that inning without giving up all those UER

instead of saying well it is the curse of the seligula or something
   17. Best Dressed Chicken in Town Posted: October 02, 2008 at 05:33 PM (#2964679)
Sorry, refusing to let a goat into a park does not bring about a curse. Who lets goats into parks? They can't come up with any better excuse than that? Throwing a Series can cause a curse. Trading the best player ever for cash can cause a curse. This goat bullshit is pathetic.

However...if every player will #### a goat on the pitcher's mound right before Game 2, I do think the curse will be lifted.
   18. base ball chick Posted: October 02, 2008 at 05:43 PM (#2964695)
Best Dressed Chicken in Town Posted: October 02, 2008 at 01:33 PM (#2964679)

However...if every player will #### a goat on the pitcher's mound right before Game 2, I do think the curse will be lifted.


- what you don't think that the goat would object?????

but the mental picture of carlos zambrano or jim edmonds trying to eff a goat is priceless
   19. SoSH U at work Posted: October 02, 2008 at 05:46 PM (#2964705)
Sorry, refusing to let a goat into a park does not bring about a curse. Who lets goats into parks? They can't come up with any better excuse than that? Throwing a Series can cause a curse. Trading the best player ever for cash can cause a curse. This goat ######## is pathetic.


I'd say any proposed curse is equally pathetic. The only difference between the Goat and the Black Sox/Ruth sale is the latter two were at least baseball related.
   20. jwb Posted: October 02, 2008 at 05:58 PM (#2964718)
I once had an apartment mate who was very artistically talented. One hung over morning he drew a Dr. Seuss inspired "Wouldya Couldya with a Goat" that was just brilliant.
   21. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: October 02, 2008 at 06:06 PM (#2964726)
lessee if i understand

Eh, it's all in fun.

but the mental picture of carlos zambrano or jim edmonds trying to eff a goat is priceless

Heh, I see Zambrano screaming and pointing to the sky after he finishes.
   22. base ball chick Posted: October 02, 2008 at 06:48 PM (#2964769)
Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: October 02, 2008 at 02:06 PM (#2964726)

but the mental picture of carlos zambrano or jim edmonds trying to eff a goat is priceless

Heh, I see Zambrano screaming and pointing to the sky after he finishes.


- while he pointing, the goat she turn around and butts him for not finishing his pitches real too good

- then again, i think regular old pr0n is absolutely HILARIOUS. especially the "dialog"
   23. Walt Davis Posted: October 02, 2008 at 07:04 PM (#2964787)
Valparaiso, Indiana?

My reaction too. Nothing against Valpo but I'd think Chicago has one of the larger Greek Orthodox communities in the US. Maybe we've used up all the local ones in previous exorcisms. Or maybe Greek Orthodox priests are mostly fans of the Greek God of Walks.

It's time we tried a Coptic priest or something.
   24. 1k5v3L Posted: October 02, 2008 at 07:08 PM (#2964797)
Greek orthodox? Why? Honestly, why? A catholic wouldn't have sufficed?
   25. SoSH U at work Posted: October 02, 2008 at 07:08 PM (#2964799)
My reaction too. Nothing against Valpo but I'd think Chicago has one of the larger Greek Orthodox communities in the US. Maybe we've used up all the local ones in previous exorcisms. Or maybe Greek Orthodox priests are mostly fans of the Greek God of Walks.


Maybe he did some previous exorcism work for the Samardzijas.
   26. Jimmy P Posted: October 02, 2008 at 07:25 PM (#2964838)
Maybe he did some previous exorcism work for the Samardzijas.

Maybe he was recommended by Mickey Morandini
   27. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: October 02, 2008 at 08:09 PM (#2964906)
Greek Orthodox are the most cursed priests of all.
   28. Cabbage Posted: October 02, 2008 at 09:28 PM (#2965067)
Greek orthodox? Why? Honestly, why? A catholic wouldn't have sufficed?

What, you don't like Diversity?
   29. An Athletic in Powderhorn, Silly Posted: October 02, 2008 at 10:08 PM (#2965120)
Greek orthodox? Why? Honestly, why? A catholic wouldn't have sufficed?"


Billy Sianis, the man with the insulted goat, was Greek.
   30. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: October 02, 2008 at 10:22 PM (#2965165)
Billy Sianis, the man with the insulted goat, was Greek.


Sure, Sianis was Greek, but the goat wasn't.
   31. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: October 02, 2008 at 10:30 PM (#2965192)
Throwing a Series can cause a curse. Trading the best player ever for cash can cause a curse.

No they can't, since "curses" don't exist.
   32. Voodoo Posted: October 02, 2008 at 10:34 PM (#2965205)
No they can't, since "curses" don't exist.

Well, of course not. But those make for much better stories than the "goat curse". Frankly, a "Merkle curse" would be much more interesting as a BS reason why the Cubs haven't won in 100 years...
   33. 1k5v3L Posted: October 02, 2008 at 10:47 PM (#2965247)
29: Thanks. I think the goat curse is still one of the funniest stories ever.
   34. Best Dressed Chicken in Town Posted: October 02, 2008 at 10:50 PM (#2965260)
"curses" don't exist

Then why do half my ####### posts get edited out?
   35. Walt Davis Posted: October 03, 2008 at 01:36 AM (#2965577)
Greek orthodox? Why? Honestly, why? A catholic wouldn't have sufficed?

Apostates!!

The Cubs have been getting it wrong for 100 years; Roman Catholics have been getting it wrong for nearly 1000!

:-)
   36. Kiko Sakata Posted: October 03, 2008 at 01:43 AM (#2965583)
Valparaiso, Indiana?


I went to college there.
   37. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: October 03, 2008 at 03:32 AM (#2965838)
I think at this point, the Cubs need to just own this curse. Issue a statement saying, "Seriously, #### Goats. The Chicago Cubs organization has a long history of hating goats, and will continue to be the one major league franchise in the vanguard against the coming plague of ballparks overrun by vicious goats."

See if that does anything.
   38. 1k5v3L Posted: October 03, 2008 at 06:09 AM (#2965958)

The Cubs have been getting it wrong for 100 years; Roman Catholics have been getting it wrong for nearly 1000!
The Cubs seem really determined to catch up with the Catholics though...

As I expected, Billingsley had no problem with the strike zone and pitched well against the righthanded batter heavy lineup
   39. Sexy Lizard Posted: October 03, 2008 at 11:48 AM (#2965981)
I think at this point, the Cubs need to just own this curse. Issue a statement saying, "Seriously, #### Goats. The Chicago Cubs organization has a long history of hating goats, and will continue to be the one major league franchise in the vanguard against the coming plague of ballparks overrun by vicious goats."


They need to fire Lou and hire a chupacabra as manager.
   40. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: October 03, 2008 at 12:03 PM (#2965985)
Enough with this stupid ####.

...since "curses" don't exist.


Scoff if you like, scoffing scoffers. But the Red Sox didn't win a title until they dredged Babe Ruth's piano from the watery depths and made it their DH.
   41. Lassus Posted: October 03, 2008 at 12:18 PM (#2965988)
Well, that didn't work.
   42. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: October 03, 2008 at 01:00 PM (#2966005)
Well, I'm convinced. Time to become a Unitarian!

(what is exactly is a Unitarian. My only experience with church was one fall in a Lutheran sunday school when I was 7. I am woefully ignorant about various Protestant sects. I did got to a Huguenot service in Charleston once, though, and actually enjoyed it despite my non-religiosity.)
   43. Lassus Posted: October 03, 2008 at 01:05 PM (#2966011)
what is exactly is a Unitarian.

I'll take this one:

Boring on a level that not even a vengeful god could be enticed to punish.
   44. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: October 03, 2008 at 01:09 PM (#2966012)
Boring on a level that not even a vengeful god could be enticed to punish.

Are their Sunday services televised on CBS then?
   45. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: October 03, 2008 at 01:36 PM (#2966031)
A Unitarian is a person who worships this god.
   46. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: October 03, 2008 at 01:40 PM (#2966035)
A Unitarian is a person who worships this god.

Huh. The Unitarian god had a better year than I thought.
   47. Jimmy P Posted: October 03, 2008 at 04:54 PM (#2966319)
Ok, from last night it's pretty clear that Greek Orthodox was the wrong religion. Have they ever tried Mormon?
   48. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: October 03, 2008 at 04:57 PM (#2966323)
I don't think Mormons do exorcisms. They could have all former and current Cubs baptized, as well as the goat, though.

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