World Series 2016 Game 1: Cubs @ Indians

So, what about the Goat?

Well according to Wikipedia in 1945 Billy Sianis, owner of the nearby (to Wrigley Field that is and yes, it is in fact named after the Gum Guy) Billy Goat Tavern was ejected from Game 4 of the World Series because he had brought along his pet goat and some of the neighboring fans thought the smell objectionable.

It’s not quite clear if the odor emanated from Billy or the Goat of which as a species I have never found the scent offensive provided they are well kept and clean, at least in comparison to other barnyard animals, unless, of course, you are talking about the cheese made from their milk and that’s a matter of process ranging from fresh, light, and hardly aromatic at all to fairly gamy and distinctive but no more so than a well ripened Cow’s Milk Limburger, it’s a matter of taste and whether you like it runny enough for the cat to drink or not (and turn off that bloody bouzouki!).

Indeed I frequently threaten when my Writer’s Block is overwhelming to give it all up and retreat to some isolated cave and live as a hermit among my goats to which TMC will reply, “You wouldn’t last 10 minutes,” and my sage Aunty Mame will respond, “You’ve never owned one, have you?”

I have not in fact, but my youthful encounters at the petting zoo did not result in permanent damage so I imagine them somewhat benignly however much my musings of a simpler, more pastoral existence provoke my intimates. And besides, I watch a lot of Les Stroud and doubt very much I would perish in mere minutes, it might take a day or two.

In any event Sianis thought himself ill used (there is no record of what the Goat thought) and said, ungrammatically, “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more.”

And so it has proven though in fact the Cubs had a long record of futility (37 years worth) already at that point and have gone (until this year) 71 seasons without so much as a Senior League Championship.

By contrast the Curse of the Bambino lasted a short 86 years and I am perhaps the only active author (120+ years) who remembers the Cubs as a winner from youth (theirs and mine). As I recall I didn’t like them much.

Oh, the Indians attempt to make themselves out hapless rascals and point to Rocky Colavito but that trade was made while John F. Kennedy was still alive and they’ve advanced to the Junior League Pennant as recently as 1995 and 1997 so it is hardly a fair comparison.

Let it not be said I am unwilling to discard the resentments of my formative years and experience novel thrills like Cubs fandom (if my Metropolitans have not eclipsed them in perhaps the most noted choke of all time, same goes for you Sox stalwarts- Bill Buckner, 1986).


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  1. Vent Hole

  2. Kluber is going to pull a Schilling, 1, 4, and 7

  3. First Pitch Ball

  4. Caught Looking. 1 Away

  5. Another K. 2 Away

  6. Bottom 1st

  7. First Pitch Strike

  8. Swinging. 1 Away

  9. Line Out. 2 Away

  10. 2 Out Base Hit

  11. And a Steal

  12. Go claim you free Doritos Loco Taco at Taco Bell.

    Call an ambulance first.

  13. And a Walk

  14. Another Walk. Loaded

  15. RBI Single. Indians 1 – 0

  16. RBI HBP. Indians 2 – 0

  17. Top 2nd

  18. And a Leadoff Double

    • BobbyK on October 25, 2016 at 20:38

    Lights out my ass

  19. Down Swinging. 1 Away

  20. Looking. 2 Away

  21. KO. Bottom 2nd

  22. Pop Out. 1 Away

  23. Ground Out. 2 Away

  24. Top 3rd

  25. Looking. #6. 1 Awat

  26. 1 Out Single

  27. KO #7. 2 Away

  28. KO #8, a record. Bottom 3rd

    • BobbyK on October 25, 2016 at 21:10


  29. On base

  30. KO for 1

  31. Caught Stealing

    • BobbyK on October 25, 2016 at 21:18

    Once when I was 5

  32. Walk with 2 Down

  33. Single. 2 On 2 Out

  34. Top 4th

  35. Foul Pop. 1 Out

  36. Ground Out 2

  37. 2 Out Double

  38. Bottom 4th

  39. K #4. 1 Away

  40. Solo Shot. Indians 3 – 0

  41. Fly 2

  42. Top 5th

    • BobbyK on October 25, 2016 at 21:49

    Casino ads?

    1. Doe not change my mind about Pete Rose at all.

  43. K 1

  44. Line Out 2

  45. Bottom 5th

  46. Almost Foul Roller. 1

  47. K for 2

  48. Top 6th

  49. Grounder. 1 Out

  50. Foul for 2

  51. Bottom 6th

  52. Ugh. Leadoff Double

  53. KO 1

  54. Fly Out 2

  55. And Pitching

  56. Looking. Top 7th

  57. Leadoff Single.

  58. Walk.

  59. Another Single. Loaded.

  60. Pop Out

  61. Strike Out

  62. KO. Bottom 7th

  63. A Pop Out. 1

  64. A Ground Out. 2

  65. Top 8th

  66. Line Out to Center. 1 Gone

  67. Full Count Walk

  68. Pop to Center. 2 Gone

  69. Single. Runners at Corners

  70. Bottom 8th

  71. Leadoff KO.

  72. Fly for 2

    • TMC on October 25, 2016 at 23:34

    (sigh) It’s only game 1

  73. Ugh. A Walk

  74. Now a Single. 2 On 2 Out

  75. 3 RBI HR. Indians 6 – 0

  76. A Double

  77. Top 9th

    • BobbyK on October 25, 2016 at 23:49

    See you tomorrow

  78. KO.

  79. Double.

  80. Another KO.

  81. Indians 6 – 0 Final.

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