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Eleven Cubs Curses

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The Chicago Cubs believe that there were 11 curses keeping them from ever winning a World Series title. The Cubs baseball organization has been in quite a slump for the last 108 years. Many people only know the curse of the billy goat, but there are also 10 more curses: the curse of the black cat, Steve Bartman, the Gatorade glove, the Babe Ruth called shot, Kerry Woods and Mark Prior, Kwa-Ma-Rolas, Back to the Future, Century, Greg Maddux, and Brock for Broglio.

The Curse of the Black Cat

It was September 9th 1969. The Cubs were playing the second best team in the division, the New York Mets. The Cubs best hitter at the time was in the on deck circle. While in the circle warming up a black cat started to circle him. The bases were loaded with two outs bottom of the 9th. Ron Santo would have had the game winning at bat. Santo’s went down in the count early 1-2, he saw a perfect pitch right down the middle. Santo’s swung and misses struck out and that lost the game for the Cubs. In game 5 of the World Series the curse of the black cat was broke. Kris Bryant, one of the Cubs best hitters, that was in a slump ripped a ball into the left field bleachers. This gave the cubs a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth it kept the cubs season alive.

The Steve Bartman Curse

Thirteen years ago, Steve Bartman robbed Moises Alou of the game winning catch. Bartman was a fan at the game. Louis Castillo was the batter, he fell behind in the count 1-2. Castillo put the bat on the ball the next pitch. The ball was going foul down the third base line. Alou jumped up to make the catch when Steve Bartman had reached out and caught the ball right out of Alou’s hands. This curse was just broke in game 6 of the 2016 World Series. It was broke when Tyler Naquin and Lonnie Chisenhall had a miscue in the outfield. This allowed the Cubs to get a two run double. Later that night Naquin and Chisenhall had the same mishap which then loaded the bases for Addison Russell. Russell belted a grand slam in the third to give the cubs a 7-1 lead over the Cleveland Indians.

The Curse of the Babe Ruth Called Shot

In 1932 the Cubs were playing the New York Yankees. The Cubs had figured out how to pitch around Babe Ruth to keep him from hitting. The 3rd game of the series Ruth had come up to bat, Ruth had called his shot.Ruth called that it was going to go over the right field fence. Ruth was given the perfect pitch, he had swung and sure enough it had went over the rightfield fence. This curse was broken in the 2nd game of the 2016 World Series. Anthony Rizzo drove in Kris Bryant early to give the Cubs an early lead. Jake Arrieta the Cubs pitcher that game was pitching a dominant game. Kyle Schwarber had come back from what they said would be a season ending injury this game. Schwarber had a couple of hits along with a pair of RBI’s

The Mark Prior and Kerry Wood Curse

In the 2000’s the Cubs had Kerry Wood and Mark Prior on the team. The Cubs were set to win the World Series with these two on the team. Wood and Prior were the two best pitchers in the National League at the time. Injuries kept the Cubs from pitching the two aces in the series. If the Cubs wouldn’t have had injuries occur with the two aces they would’ve won the 2003 World Series. This curse was broken when the Cubs had clinched the National League. Dexter Fowler had started the game off with a double, Bryant was the next better and scored Fowler from second. This gave the Cubs plenty of energy to carry through the rest of the game and was pretty much a winning start.

The Curse of Kwa-Ma-Rolas

Kwa-Ma-Roles is a Native American totem pole. The pole is supposed to be facing east toward Lake Michigan, but they put the pole up wrong and it was facing the stadium. The Kwa-Ma-Rolas was put up in 1929. The Cubs team thinks that the post facing West instead of East is an omen. It keeps the Cubs from winning Series games. The curse was broken in game 5 of the 2016 NLCS. Addison Russell was in a hitting slump, Russell had belted out a home run at Dodgers Stadium. The two run home run had help the Cubs get the lead against the Los Angeles Dodgers. This home run got the Cubs closer to winning a World Series.

The Back to the Future II Curse

The movie, Back to the Future II, made the statement that the Cubs would win the World Series in 2015. All the way up to game 5 of the NLCS. The Cubs had been playing really well until Daniel Murphy for the New York Mets had come to bat. He had hit a game winning home run that the Cubs didn’t see coming. This curse was broken in game 4 of the 2016 NLCS. Willson Contreras of the Cubs had an RBI single in the fourth inning. After Contreras had the RBI single the Cubs offense had fired up, they went to win 10-2.

The Curse of the Century

In 2008, exactly 100 years since the Cubs won their last World Series, they had arguably the best team in the MLB. They were playing the Dodgers in the NLDS. Chicago had seen a very good season, with the best team in the MLB what could possibly happen. Everything happened that year. The Dodgers had taken the Cubs on a three game sweep. Chicago just didn’t have an answer for the tremendous pitching staff Los Angeles had.  The curse was broken in the 1st game of the 2016 NLCS. From the standpoint of any Cubs fan they had lost. Joe Madden the Cubs manager had decided to pinch hit Miguel Montero. Montero delivered a grand-slam in his pinch hit. That gave the cubs an 8-4 lead over the Dodgers and the Dodgers couldn’t answer back after that.

The Curse of Greg Maddux

Maddux had been a Cubs pitcher when the Cubs traded him to the Atlanta Braves.  The year the Cubs made that trade, they were in the NLCS.  Greg Maddux had pitched for the Braves the year they played the Cubs in the NLCS.  Maddux had pitched so well against the Cubs that they had lost. They believe that making that trade was a curse and had made them lose. Then a few years later Maddux did the same thing to the Cubs. This curse was broken when the Cubs won the 2016 NLDS.

Curse of the Gatorade Glove

Before there was Buckner in Boston, there was Leon Durham in Chicago. In Game 5 of the 1984 NLCS, Durham’s catching error was crucial. It had kept the Cubs from winning the NLCS that year. The cause of the first baseman’s poor glove work? A mitt soaked in Gatorade that spilled in the Chicago dugout. The curse was broken when hitting from pitchers powered the Cubs in Game 2 of the 2016 World Series. Travis Wood homered after entering for Kyle Hendricks, who had a two-run single early in the night.

Curse of the Brock for Broglio Trade

On June 15, 1964, the Cubs traded Lou Brock to the Cardinals for Ernie Broglio. Brock went on to a Hall of Fame career in St. Louis. Broglio? He’s best-known as a footnote in one of baseball’s most lopsided trades. Brock was an outstanding baseball layer. He had played very well for the Cubs. When the Cubs made the trade for Broglio it was a terrible decision. The Cubs would go on and lose important postseason games that season and seasons on. The curse was broken when with one swing of the bat, Javier Baez put an end to Johnny Cueto’s scoreless outing and carried the Cubs to an NLDS-opening victory.

The curse of the Billy Goat

The curse happened in 1945 when the Cubs were laying the Detroit Tigers. The Cubs were up in the series 2-1 when William Sianis was at the game. Sianis bought two tickets to the 4th game of the series. He was hoping that he would be able to get his goat Murphy into the game also. When Sianis got to the entrance to the stadium, one of the ushers had told him that Murphy wasn’t allowed into the game. Sianis was told he could go in but not the goat. Sianis didn’t understand why the goat couldn’t go into the game with him. The owner of the Cubs had said “Because the goat stinks.” Sianis didn’t like that they wouldn’t let the goat in and he turned around threw his hands in the air and said “The Cubs shall never win again.” From that point on the Cubs had never won a World Series game. This curse was broken when the cubs had made an absolutely amazing comeback against the Cleveland Indians this post season. The Cubs forced a game seven against the Indians and had pulled it out.

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  1. urijah on December 5th, 2016 9:10 am

    not a bad article but is it something that would be good to write about later on.

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    Braydon Kunz Reply:

    What do you mean written later on?

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