Chicago Cubs executives celebrated their amazing World Series victory by eating a roasted goat at Wrigley Field.
"We were on the phone with Jed [Hoyer, the Cubs’ executive vice president]," restaurateur Kevin Boehm told the Chicago Sun Times. "He was recapping the game, and in the background, Theo [Epstien, president of Chicago Cubs operations] says he wanted roasted goat for lunch. I said we’d make it happen.”
Boehm turned to chef Stephanie Izard to prepare the goat at her Girl & the Goat restaurant, which is part of the restaurant corporation that Boehm co-owns.
Boehm recalled how the Cubs top brass chowed down on the animal: "They were all sitting in the left-field bleachers in an empty Wrigley Field. They ate it right there."
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The Cubs executives have not publicly commented on their unusual meal, but Boehm said: "They’ve said there are no curses, that it was just a matter of putting together a great baseball team. But they were happy to eat that goat."
While this dining experience may seem bizarre to non-Cubs fans, CNN explains that the "billy goat's curse" was cast on the baseball team by Bill "Billy Goat" Sianis, the owner of the Billy Goat Tavern in the Windy City, on Oct. 6, 1945.
The story goes that Sianis went to watch the Cubs play the Detroit Lions in Game 4 of the World Series, and bought a ticket for his pet goat, named Murphy.
Sianis hoped that Murphy would bring the Cubs some luck, but security would not let him bring his pet into the stadium.
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Sianis asked Cubs owner P.K. Wrigley to let his goat in, but Wrigley turned him down: "Because the goat stinks," per the Billy Goat Tavern website.
In response, Sianis cursed the ball club: "The Cubs ain't gonna win no more!"
After the Cubs fell to the Tigers, Sianis wrote Wrigley a telegram that read "who stinks now?"