Ever Thursday, myself and three of my friends blog about the same topic. We all take turns picking the topic. This week, Momarock Sara pick the topic: If you could go back in time and change one historical event, which one would it be? Why would you, and what changes do you think would come from it?
After taking time to consider my options, I recruited a few of my fellow internal optimists and we set our time machine coordinates to October 6, 1945 around early morning. (I want to give us enough to go over our plan, and scope out things so we get a feel for our location.) Our destination -- Wrigley Field, which is the site of Game 4 of the World Series that afternoon. It is also the site of the infamous "Curse of the Billy Goat" incident.
For those of you that are not familiar with this curse, here is what Wikipedia has to say about that:
"The curse of the Billy Goat was supposedly placed on the Chicago Cubs in 1945 when Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis was asked to leave a World Series game against the Detroit Tigers at the Cubs' home ground of Wrigley Field because his pet goat's odor was bothering other fans. He was outraged and declared, "Them Cubs, they aren't gonna win no more," which has been interpreted to mean that there would never be another World Series game won at Wrigley Field.The exact nature of the curse differs in various accounts of the incident. Some state that Sianis declared that no World Series games would ever again be played at Wrigley Field, while others believe that his ban was on the Cubs appearing in the World Series, making no mention of a specific venue. Sianis’ family claims that he dispatched a telegram to team owner Philip K. Wrigley which read, 'You are going to lose this World Series and you are never going to win another World Series again. You are never going to win a World Series again because you insulted my goat.' Whatever the truth, the Cubs were up two games to one in the ’45 series but ended up losing Game 4 and the best-of-seven series, four games to three. The curse was immortalized in newspaper columns over the years, particularly by syndicated columnist Mike Royko, and gained widespread attention during the 2003 postseason when Fox television commentators played it up during the Cubs-Marlins match-up in the National League Championship Series."
It's my team's mission on this fateful day to stop Billy Sianis and his goat from being kicked out of Wrigley Field so the curse wouldn't be placed upon the beloved Cubs franchise.
Once accomplished, instead of the Cubs being known for constantly losing, and subsequently going without a World Series title in 103 years, they would be known for endless wins and many World Series victories. Furthermore, Steve Bartman would be a nameless fella, as his supposed role in the loss of Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship series, which many also believe eventually led to the Cubs losing the National League Championship altogether, would not have happened -- after all, wasn't the "Steve Bartman incident" just another chapter of this ongoing curse that has inflicted Northside Chicago baseball for decades?!
Another change that would occur after the reversal is that Cubs fans would be more respected, and would no longer have to constantly justify their allegiance to the club. Think of all the time and energy this would free-up! Time and energy that could be used to ... say... root for the Cubbies!!!
Every Spring and Fall, my family and I gather for Passover Seder and Yom Kippur respectively. At the end of our Passover Seder and during Yom Kippur services we recite the words... "Next year in Israel. Not to minimize the meaning of this religious tradition... I find it appropriate that these words are recited when they are as it reminds me of similar words us Cubs fans recite. Each Spring we chant, "This is the Cubbies year!" Then in the Fall, when reality has once again set in, we chant, "Next years is the our year!" Once my fellow internal optimists (a.k.a. Cubs fans) and I are successful in reversing the "Curse of the Billy Goat", the common chant heard from Cubs fans would be, "Here's to another World Series title!"
Now that I've talked about what event I would alter, please take a moment to read about what my fellow bloggers said about the event they would alter:
• Momarock (Sara)
• Merryland Girl (Melissa)
• Mom of Many (Susanna)