There is always excitement and optimism surrounding the Chicago Cubs when they start their season. Chicago fans are ecstatic that winter is over and the joy of going to Wrigley Field to enjoy a ball game is right around the corner. However, that optimism usually lasts about half a month before the realization that the Cubs are the Cubs sinks in like a Greg Maddux two-seam fastball.
The Cubs floundering almost every summer is something that North side baseball fans have gotten used to, as well as dramatic heartbreaking losses on the rare occasions the team was good.
Well, the Cubs are predicted to win it all this season and the optimism at Addison and Clark has never been higher. The organization has gone through a complete overhaul under team president Theo Epstein and have the talent in-house and under contract for a decade long run of contention. It seems assured that the 108 year World Series drought is due to expire any year now.
So, before the Cubs win the World Series and ruin it for all the haters who love to see them and their fans suffer, lets take a look back at the worst moments in the history of the organization. The list had plenty to choose from, but these are the top 15 worst moments in Cubs history.
15 Sammy Sosa and the Corked Bat incident
14 Babe Ruth Takes the Mound in 1918 World Series
13 The Lee Elia Tirade
12 Cubs "Rotate Coaches"
11 James Loney Smashes NLDS Grand Slam
10 Lou Brock Trade
9 Daniel Murphy Kills Cubs
8 Tigers Win World Series in Walk-off
7 Babe Ruth Calls Shot
6 Leon Durham Commits Error Versus Padres
5 A Black Cat Streaks Across Their Path
4 Cubs Blow 8-0 Lead and the 1929 World Series
3 Ken Hubbs Dies in Plane Crash
2 The Steve Bartman Incident
1 Cubs Get Hexed by Curse of the Billy Goat
Whether or not this curse is real is as big an argument as to what the exact curse was in the first place. Legend has it that Billy Goat Tavern Owner, Billy Sianis, put a curse on the Cubs after being told to leave Game 4 of the 1945 World Series at Wrigley because the goat he brought to the game was so odoriferous that the surrounding fans complained to have it removed. Then Sianis, supposedly, said, "Them Cubs aren't going to win no more." We know Sianis was asked get the smelly animal out of the park and that he complained for years that he had bought a ticket for his four-legged friend. However, we can't be sure of the exact curse he put on the team because he consistently changed his statement on what he did. What we do know is that the Cubs never won another World Series, nor after the incident have ever been back to test their fate. And this curse has been brought up every time the Cubs have a quality ball club and were vying for postseason play. It's just another mental hurdle that Cubs players have to overcome to eventually stamp out their World Series drought.
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