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Published On: Fri, Apr 12th, 2013

Likely Chicago Cubs prank lands a severed goat’s head at Wrigley Field

dreaded curse that has nagged Chicago’s Wrigley Fieldfor decades may have triggered a grotesque prank Wednesday, when an unidentified man in an unmarked truck dropped off a package containing a severed goat’s head at the stadium.

The Billy Goat curse and the Chicago Cubs dates back decades, but a severed goat's head showing up a Wrigley now has the police investigating the likely prank photo screenshot of History Channel video

The Billy Goat curse and the Chicago Cubs dates back decades, but a severed goat’s head showing up a Wrigley now has the police investigating the likely prank photo screenshot of History Channel video

The gruesome parcel was addressed to the club’s owner, Tom Ricketts, CNN affiliate WBBM reported. While the delivery — confirmed by the Cubs and caught on surveillance footage — was certainly offensive, it’s nothing new.

Legend holds that the Chicago Cubs were cursed in 1945 by a local pub owner named William “Billy Goat” Sianis who was barred from bringing a goat – which had its own ticket – into a World Series game.

Officials at the time deemed the barnyard animal too smelly.

The team has not made a trip to the World Series since, and a number of goats have shown up at the stadium in one form or another over the years – either in attempts to break the curse, or to taunt the team.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum said: “Obviously, it’s just an unfortunate fan doing something pretty stupid.”

But city officials are taking the incident more seriously.

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.

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.

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