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Fan tries to get Astros' goat
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09/23/2003 10:23 PM ET 
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"We ought to have a goat night tomorrow night and let all goats in," GM Gerry Hunsicker said. (Rhonda Simpson/AP)
HOUSTON -- A fan wasn't "kidding" Monday when he tried to bring a goat into Minute Maid Park for the Houston Astros game against the San Francisco Giants.

But perhaps the pair were simply trying to help out the Chicago Cubs in their pennant race with Houston. Houston police officer A.J. Mihalco stopped the unidentified man as he tried to bring the goat into the ballpark hours before the game.

"A man showed up in a van and he pulled out a goat and he came to the front door there and he said he wanted to go in with the goat, but they wouldn't let him in with the goat," Mihalco said. "So then he whipped out a scroll-looking thing and he read a spell. It was supposed to put a hex on the Astros and then he packed up his goat and left."

The Cubs trailed Houston by a half-game in the National League Central Division race entering play Monday. According to Chicago legend, some believe the Cubs' failure to appear in the World Series since 1945 can be attributed to a Cubs fan, Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis, who attempted to bring his goat to the World Series that year but was denied entry to Wrigley Field even though the goat had a ticket.


"Bring him in. Who cares? We'll put the goat in the dugout and make him a mascot."
-- Geoff Blum

Sianis, upset the goat wasn't allowed to attend the game, allegedly cast a "goat curse" over the Cubs, who went on to lose the '45 World Series to Detroit and haven't been in another since.

The Astros said they aren't worried about any curse; then again, there's no harm in being cautious.

"We ought to have a goat night tomorrow night and let all goats in," Houston general manager Gerry Hunsicker cracked.

"When was the last time they were in a World Series?" Astros third baseman Geoff Blum said. "A lot longer than us. So they're probably trying anything. I would imagine if I wanted something so bad for so long I might try to put a goat on a plane and bring him down and jinx the other team.

"Bring him in. Who cares? We'll put the goat in the dugout and make him a mascot."

Jim Molony is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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