Cremating the Curse – Hope Springs Eternal For Cubbies Fans
Blowing up the Bartman ball didn't do the trick, but Cubs fans have hatched another scheme to reverse the curse. Sunday April 5th from 2 PM to 7 PM, Cubs fans will have the opportunity to witness the end of their beloved team's run of futility once and for all.
2009 marks the the dawn of a second century of the Chicago Cubs' championship drought and some of Wrigley Field's faithful are pulling out the stops to exorcise the 100 year spectre. Author George Rowlinson, whose wrote the book "Cubbie Blues: 100 Years of Waiting Till Next Year" has helped to organize an effort to "cremate the curse".
Items relevant to the curse will be placed in a ceremonial urn and incinerated on site. A Detroit Tigers baseball hat commemorating the 1945 World Series loss, a baseball card of Fred Merkle, whose baserunning miscue allowed for the New York Giants to tie the Cubs at the end of the 1908 season, and even a photo of former state of Illinois first lady Patti Blagojavich are some of the items to be burned and placed in the urn. A customized Chicago Cubs casket will house the urn and be laid to rest at Michael's Funeral Home in Schaumburg, IL.
The event will be emceed by renowned Chicago comedian Tom Dreesen who will don a religious collar and preside over the ceremony. Dreesen was an opening act for Frank Sinatra for 13 years and has hosted both the Tonight Show and the Late, Late Show during his 40 year career. Several Cubbies mourners are slated to attend, including former outfielder Gene Hiser, former major leaguers Bill Campbell, Skip Pitlock, and Bob Miller, best selling author James Finn Garner, and former Cubs ball girl Kathy Woter (a.k.a. The Blonde).
Tickets are available for $10 a piece with a portion of the proceeds going to Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities. More information can be found at www.cantmisspress.com.
Somewhere Harry Caray is smiling and is quite relieved that this gathering does not involve his statue and a goat.