This just might be a very good year to be a Chicago Cubs baseball fan. So far, in 2009, the Cubbies record of wins and losses is pretty even. After one hundred years without a World Series victory, could this be the year that the Curse of the Billy Goat is erased?
If you haven't heard of the curse, this is how it goes. Back in 1945, a Cubs fan named Billy Sianis bought a couple of tickets to game four of the World Series. The trouble was that his "date" happened to be his pet goat.
At first, folks thought this was amusing, and Mr. Sianis had a lot of fun showing off Billy the goat. That is, until some fans began to complain of foul odors emanating from their box seats. As Cubs owner P.K. Wrigley banished the pair from the park, an unhappy Billy announced that "the Cubs, they ain't gonna win no more."
The team went down to defeat that day, losing the World Series. It's not that the Cubs are a bad team. They are laden with talent and some of the biggest names in baseball, such as Babe Ruth, have played for them both before and after "the curse". Even though there have been years that they haven't been able to break out of their division, hope springs eternal.
Chicago Cubs ticket holders get to watch the likes of Ted Lilly, Carlos Zambrano, and Rich Harden hurling excellent pitches at the opposition. Starting in the field, the big three of Alfonso Soriano, Kosuke Fukudome, and Aramis Ramirez will call on their all star skills to make amazing defensive moves. On any given day these guys will be ready to give whatever team they face a run for their money.
Wrigley Field echos with the ghosts of baseball past, having opened its gates way back in 1914. Fenway Park is the only other park in Major League Baseball that is older. The Cubs play in the Central Division of the National League and their league mates are the Cincinatti Reds, the Houston Astros, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Imagine the thrill of watching any of these great teams in action and joining with about 41,000 fans to sing "take me out to the ballgame" during the seventh inning stretch. Every so often the hard-hitting Boston Red Sox or the fabled New York Yankees fly in to do battle with the Cubbies.
If you have a short window of opportunity and live within striking distance, you can purchase online Chicago Cubs tickets, and scoot down to catch a game. You can even make it a "Wrigleyville" mini vacation by staying a bit longer to take in one of the excellent tours of this historical ball park.
You'll see the bleachers, dugouts, on deck circles and mezzanine suites. Even the clubhouse, the press box, and visitor's club house are included for your enjoyment. On game days some of these areas may be off limits, so plan ahead. You'll be walking on hallowed ground where Pete Rose hit his 4,191 career hit on September 8, 1985, tying Ty Cobb's record, and Sammy Sosa hit 60 home runs in 1998, 1999 and 2001.
Wrigley Field was also the stage of the "Homer in the Gloamin' ", when Gabby Hartnett connected on a pitch by Pittsburgh's Mace Brown, back on September 28, 1938. For those of you who don't know, "gloaming" is a Scottish word for dusk. As you might suspect this feat happened prior to the invention of lighted stadiums and night games.
Even further back in history, on May 2, 1917, two opposing pitchers, Jim "Hippo" Vaughn and Fred Toney of Cincinatti, had no-hitters going for 9 innings. Then, the Red's Jim Thorpe stepped up to the plate and drove in a run in the 10th inning. That left the no-hitter to Toney.
Then there's the 20 strikeouts thrown by Kerry Woods in 1998, and the list goes on. So if you love baseball and baseball history, you will absolutely enjoy a visit to Wrigley Field. Order your Chicago Cubs tickets now.
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