Your Chicago Cubs have been patiently waiting for this night to happen, the first World Series playoff game to be played at Wrigley Field since ’45 and the fabled Curse of the Goat.
Fast forward 71 years and now Bill, grand nephew of William Siani (, who was owner of Murphy the Goat that was turned away from Wrigley Field in Game Four of the 1945 World Series,) is watching the Cubs this year and wishing his uncle was there to witness the event, but the curse was still in effect.
“The curse is still in effect,” Sianis told Chicago Inc. before Game 2 on Wednesday. “They have to win it all.”
The 2016 Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians are tied at one game apiece going into game three and the current odds have the Cubs at -200 mostly because of pitcher Kyle Hendrick (16-8, 2.13 ERA) is taking the mound for them.
“It’s going to be electric,” Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber said. “It’s going to be really, really loud.”
“I know that people have been waiting for this for a long time [and] are going to savor it,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “And hopefully on our part, we can do something to really make it even better.”
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So the Chicago Cubs, who had the best record in Major League Baseball this season with a 103-58 mark, landing in the top 15 of MLB club records but behind their 1906 mark of 116 wins. They broke their own home win record with 57 won games and now they look to break the curse that has kept them out of the World Series since 1945. Between the Cubs and the Indians, they have waited a combined 176 years for this moment.
“Hopefully, they’ll be able to get this done,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of his club, “and at that point, you can really reflect on everything and interact with the folks, and really try to get down to the root of all this. But in the meantime, man, I really anticipate and expect our guys to stay right in the moment.”
“I think that stuff is for fans,” Tribe manager Terry Francona said. “I think fans enjoy talking or commiserating, however you want to put it. But I don’t feel responsible for the fact that my dad couldn’t win. That was his fault. We’re going to have our hands full playing against the Cubs. And trying to go back and win for years, that doesn’t help.”