In a strange event in Chicago, a severed goat's head was sent to Wrigley Field on Wednesday afternoon, according to an article from CNN. The delivery of the gruesome package was caught on surveillance cameras around the park. An unidentified man arrived in an unmarked truck was seen dropping off the package in front of the city's historic baseball park. It was reportedly addressed to Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts.
Here are some facts and details around the macabre event and its relation to the ballpark's past:
* The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Wrigley Field staff discovered the package and its contents just outside Gate K.
* At about 2:30 p.m., security officials called the Chicago Police Department, which is currently investigating the issue and the origin of the goat's head.
* Cubs spokesman Julian Green called the package "intimidating" and indicated that it was not delivered by the U.S. Postal Service.
* Police commented that no note was in the package and that the goat's head was completely black with a U.S. Department of Agriculture tag attached to its ear, noted the Chicago Tribune.
* Ricketts never personally received the package and the goat's head was taken to Animal Control for disposal.
* The Cubs are currently in talks with the city over $300 million in renovation work and updates to the park. There have been rising tensions between the two parties over the details and funding sources.
* Such tension and a past incident of sending a dead animal to a political enemy caused fingers to be pointed at Mayor Rahm Emanuel, according to NBC Chicago. His office released a statement saying that the mayor was not responsible for sending the goat's head to Wrigley Field.
* In 1988, Emanuel mailed a dead fish to a pollster who he blamed for his loss in a New York political race.
* According to another NBC Chicago article, the goat's head references the infamous Billy Goat Curse in which a local tavern owner bought a box seat for his pet goat in order to promote his business.
* When the goat was kicked out of the park, legend has it that he placed a curse on the Cubs that would prevent them from ever having a World Series game at Wrigley Field.
* ABC 57 News added that it's possible that it may have been an act to break the curse.
* Cubs fans have in the past tried to break the curse through various means, including setting up a charity to send goats to disadvantaged communities across the globe.
* Still, the Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908 or played in one since 1945.
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