The Many Curses of the Chicago Cubs

Cornielius Jackson-EdwardsCorrespondent IFebruary 21, 2009

After the 2008 season, the Chicago Cubs are still without a World Series title since their last in 1908. Impressive!

They last appeared in the World Series in 1945, and they blamed their loss on a goat (aka "The Curse of the Billy Goat").

There was a rain delay in Game 4 of the 1945 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Tigers, and a man named William Sianis brought his pet goat to the game.

Late in the game, Cubs owner P.K. Wrigley forced William and his goat to leave because he said the goat stunks, but after the World Series was over and the Tigers won, William said, "Who stinks now?"

He said the Cubs would never win the World Series again.

And then there was "The Black Cat Curse".

The Cubs had a commanding 9.5 game lead over the New York Mets in 1969, but shockingly, the Mets came back into contention.

In a super important series against the Mets, a black cat ran circles around Cubs's Ron Santo in the on-deck circle, then disappeared under the stands.

And most recently, the Cubs were again "cursed" by fan Steve Bartman.

In the 2003 NLCS, the Cubs had a 3-1 lead over the Florida Marlins, but the Marlins ended up winning the series 4-3. The Marlins won three games in Chicago and only one in Miami.

In the top of the eighth inning in Game 6, Luis Castillo hit a foul ball towards the stands and Chicago left fielder Moises Alou gave chase, but it was out of reach. He said a fan (Steve Bartman) interfered with him, but 4.5 years later, he said he wouldn't have caught the ball. What a selfish Moises Alou.

Does anyone think the Cubs will ever win the World Series?