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Dead goat hung outside Cubs' stadium


UPI News Service, 10/06/2007 

Pranksters apparently hoping to remove a curse from the Chicago Cubs hung a dead goat from the Harry Caray statue outside Wrigley Field.

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Police removed the skinned carcass from the statue's hand Wednesday, but not before it was captured on video and viewed by thousands of people on YouTube, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday.

The 14-second YouTube clip shows a sign around the statue's neck that says, "Go Cubs Go."

The carcass, which appeared to be from a butcher shop, may have failed to break the infamous Billy Goat curse with the Cubs 0-2 in the playoffs Saturday and on the edge of playoff elimination, the Sun-Times reported.

Previous pranksters have placed beer cans in the hand of the statue of Caray, a Hall of Fame sports broadcaster, but never a goat, said a friend of Caray's.

"He wouldn't have been happy at all," the friend said. "It's one thing to put a Budweiser can in his hands. Harry would have loved that. He needs to be cleansed now."

Chicago lore says the curse was put on the team at Game 4 of the 1945 World Series when a goat taken to a game by Billy Goat Tavern owner William Sianis was ejected from Wrigley Field.



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