Friday, June 10, 2005

Cubs dominate in BoSox first trip to Wrigley in 87 years

Boston probably wishes it didn't travel to Wrigley Field today to play its first game against the Cubs since the 1918 World Series. Before the game, Boston fans could finally laugh about curses while the Cubs had little choice but to still believe. No one wearing a 'B' on their cap was laughing after today, though, as the Cubs routed their American League visitors, 14-6, behind Jeromy Burnitz' three hits and three RBIs, including a homer. The Cubs, who last won World Series in 1908, will see their star-crossed history flash before them in the span of one week, as they welcome the Red Sox for the second and third games of their series tomorrow and Sunday, and then go to Yankee Stadium next weekend for their first visit there since they were swept in the 1938 World Series. Cubs will fight to disprove the Curse of the Billy Goat, which has endured longer than the Curse of the Bambino. The story goes that William Sianis, who was known as Billy Goat, cursed the Cubs in 1945-the last year they went to the World Series-when they did not allow him to enter Wrigley Field with his pet goat. Boston, meanwhile, ended all talk of its 'curse' by winning the 2004 World Series in a sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Source: Associated Press