Mayor Emanuel calls Cubs chief Ricketts about goat’s head package: ‘We’ll be on it’
BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org April 11, 2013 4:32PM
Updated: May 13, 2013 6:40AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel once famously sent a dead fish to a pollster who was late with results, but he’s not about to joke about the severed goat’s head delivered to Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts this week.
The mayor is taking the vicious package seriously. He showed no inclination to deliver one of his sarcastic one-liners at Ricketts’ expense — especially not in the middle of marathon talks aimed at forging a $500 million agreement that would allow the Cubs to renovate Wrigley Field and the land around it.
“There’s nothing else to say. It speaks for itself. It’s wrong to do,” Emanuel said.
“I did call Tom last night and said obviously, if the police need to do something, we’ll be on it.”
The goat’s head — reminiscent of the bloody horse-head-in-the-bed scene in the movie classic, “The Godfather”— was delivered to Wrigley on Wednesday afternoon.
A man drove up to Gate K, handed a package to the security guard and asked that the box be delivered to Ricketts before getting back into his truck and driving away.
Ricketts never saw the box. Instead, it was opened by Cubs’ security officials, who found a severed goat’s head inside with a U.S. Department of Agriculture tag attached to the goat’s ear.
The Cubs summoned the city’s Commission on Animal Care, which sent an officer to take the head away.
“There was no note, so it’s pretty hard to discern what it might represent. We don’t know,” Cubs spokesman Julian Green said Thursday, noting that police are still investigating.
In 1945, then-Billy Goat Tavern owner William Sianis tried to take his goat into a World Series game at Wrigley and was denied entry, prompting the bar owner to place the “billy goat curse” on the Cubs.
The Cubs have not been to a World Series since, building the legend of a “billy goat curse” that team officials have emphatically denied.
“We have one too many goat legends to deal with to entertain another fable,” Green said.