News Source Headed by Joe Ricketts Suggests Mayor Emanuel Sent Severed Goat Head

Jason S. Parini@@JasonPariniBRCorrespondent IIApril 12, 2013

CHICAGO - OCTOBER 4:  A live goat is brought onto the field to 'remove a curse' placed on the Cubs during their last World Series appearence in 1945 before the Atlanta Braves take on the Chicago Cubs during game four of their National League Division Series October 4, 2003 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.   (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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Honestly, can the Wrigley Field renovation debacle become any weirder?

In a ridiculous turn of events yesterday, a severed goat head was delivered to Wrigley Field, which was ultimately intended for Cubs owner Tom Ricketts. 

Ricketts, the chairman of the organization, has been involved in a highly publicized debate with the city of Chicago over details of a proposed Wrigley Field renovation.  His siblings Pete, Todd and Laura also serve on the board of directors for the team.

The four are children of TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts.  What many don't know is that Joe Ricketts is also the CEO of DNAInfo.com, a breaking news website that contains news categories for each neighborhood in New York City and Chicago.

As if the goat head itself isn't weird enough, the news site headed by the father of the Cubs' owners published a story on Thursday suggesting that the head was sent by Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago.

The article went on to explain that because the mayor sent a decomposing fish to an individual who botched the delivery of election results, Emanuel was the "first to come to mind." 

Is it possible that the mayor and his office sent the goat's head to Ricketts as "an offer he couldn't refuse"?  Perhaps the mayor was inspired by the horse head scene from The Godfather?  Is Joe Ricketts just attempting to shine bad light on Emanuel to help his kids?

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Or was it just some crazy fan? Maybe a rooftop owner?  Was it a Cardinals fan, or a fan of another team?

The incident was reportedly caught on video and is being investigated by the Chicago police. 

Goats have been in Cubs lore for years, starting with a "curse" being placed on the team in 1945.  Legend says that when a goat owned by tavern owner Billy Sianis was denied entrance to the World Series, the goat went on to place a curse on the team.

Curses, goats in attendance, severed goat heads, mayors possibly sending threats with deceased animals....oh, how proud I am to say that I'm a Chicago Cubs fan.

Regardless of who sent it, can we please just reach an agreement on the renovations so the team can move on?  Instead of arguing over who sent a goat's head to the owner or where the rooftop owners should sit to see the game, let's focus on bringing a World Series to the Cubs, no matter where they play. 

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