Go Cubs Go!

Go Cubs Go!


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Curse of the Billy Goat

My long departed grandfather Hauck and my dad, H.H., are definitely in our family’s thoughts, memories and hopes as we are glued to our screens and devices (no longer tubes), spread out across this great nation, cheering on the Cubbies, each and every game, of the 2016 World Series between the beloved Cubs and the Cleveland Indians.  Game 5 in Wrigley Field was a nail biter played on a bitter cold night but last night, with much balmier conditions for baseball in Cleveland, the Cubs came out swinging and hitting the ball out of the park, for the first time in the series. The Cleveland Indian pitchers have dominated to this point but Bryant, Rizzo and Russell came out sizzling last night like young boys just released from school for a summer of sandlot baseball on the near North Side.   Who knows, who cares, why they came unleashed last night to score nine runs, just that they are finally hitting the ball and getting on base to make wins happen for their loyal fans and for once and for all, to dispel the Curse of the Billy Goat.

My dad loved the tell us the story of the curse.  It goes like this:  Due to the wartime travel restrictions, the first three games of the 1945 World Series were played in Detroit, where the Cubs won two games.  The final four were played at Wrigley. In game four of the series, the curse was allegedly laid upon the Cubs when Wrigley ejected Billy Sianis, who had come to game four with two box seat tickets, one for him and one for his goat. They paraded around for a few innings, but Wrigley demanded the goat leave the park due to its unpleasant odor. Upon his ejection, Sianis uttered, “The Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more.” The Cubs lost game four, lost the series, and did not return until this year’s series.

The Cubs this season are in good company with other teams in the playoffs that have suffered droughts nd share curses.  The Indians have a legend of the curse of Chief Wahoo which they too are trying to live down.   While the Cubs have not won the series since 1908, Cleveland’s last world series win was in 1948, the year my dad graduated from high school. So whatever the outcome of the series, the winner will no longer carry a curse and their long-suffering fans will celebrate in the streets of their home town.  Let it be Chicago, this time around. Grandpa and Dad will be watching and cheering them on.

“Go Cubs Go” Lyrics

Baseball season’s underway

Well you better get ready for a brand new day

Hey, Chicago, what do you say

The Cubs are gonna win today.

They’re singing …

Go, Cubs, go

Go, Cubs, go

Hey, Chicago, what do you say

The Cubs are gonna win today

Go, Cubs, go

Go, Cubs, go

Hey, Chicago, what do you say

The Cubs are gonna win today.

They got the power, they got the speed

To be the best in the National League

Well this is the year and the Cubs are real

So come on down to Wrigley Field.

We’re singing now …

Go, Cubs, go

Go, Cubs, go

Hey, Chicago, what do you say

The Cubs are gonna win today

Go, Cubs, go

Go, Cubs, go

Hey, Chicago, what do you say

The Cubs are gonna win today.

Baseball time is here again

You can catch it all on WGN

So stamp your feet and clap your hands

Chicago Cubs got the greatest fans.

You’re singing now …

Go, Cubs, go

Go, Cubs, go

Hey, Chicago, what do you say

The Cubs are gonna win today

Go, Cubs, go

Go, Cubs, go

Hey, Chicago, what do you say

The Cubs are gonna win today.

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