CUBS: The club found a severed goat’s head at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, and they’re treating the cruel reference to a longtime curse as a crime.
Chicago police were called in to investigate after a man stopped the white van he was driving, walked a box to a security entrance on Waveland Avenue and wordlessly put it down, Cubs spokesman Julian Green said.
Security workers opened the box, addressed to team owner Tom Ricketts, and discovered the severed head. The team immediately called police.
“Obviously, it’s just an unfortunate fan doing something pretty stupid,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.
The significance of the goat, however, isn’t lost on many. In 1945, a tavern owner named William “Billy Goat” Sianis tried to bring a goat to a World Series game, but was told his goat – which had a ticket – smelled too much to be admitted. Sianis angrily put a curse on the team and since then, the Cubs haven’t been back to the World Series.
• Prospect Jorge Soler was suspended five games for charging the visiting team’s dugout during a Florida State League game with a bat.
YANKEES: First baseman Mark Teixeira said he expects to be cleared to begin swinging the bat as he recovers from a wrist injury.
Teixeira, one of four New York stars on the disabled list, has been sidelined since early March with a torn sheath in his right wrist.
Teixeira said he is “getting better every day. There’s no pain. I could not be happier with the progress.”
WHITE SOX: Second baseman Gordon Beckham will head to the disabled list and is expected to miss about six weeks because of a broken bone in his left wrist.