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Friday, October 23, 2015

This time they didn't need a black cat....

 Shea Stadium, September 9, 1969.  During a game between division rivals the NY Mets and the Chicago Cubs, a black cat walked behind the Cubs' on-deck circle.  Baseball players being a superstitious lot, they blamed the cat on the Cubs' downfall and the Mets ultimate World Series victory.

This time they didn't need a black cat, Murphy's law was enough.  It starts with the curse of the billy goat, placed on the Chicago Cubs in 1945 when Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis was asked to leave a World Series game against the Detroit Tigers at the Cubs' home ballpark of Wrigley Field because the odor of his pet goat named Murphy was bothering other fans.  He was outraged and declared, "Them Cubs, they ain't gonna win no more," which has been interpreted to mean that there would never be another World Series game won at Wrigley Field. The Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908, or appeared in one since 1945.

In 1908, the last time they won the World Series, the owner's name was Charles Murphy.  He was very unpopular with the players and the fans, and the story is he was snubbed when the players went for a celebratory dinner after winning the World Series.

General Manager Johnny Murphy presided over the Mets team that thumped the Cubs in 1969, and broadcaster Bob Murphy described it all.

The Cubbies blew the 1984 National League championship series by losing three straight at Jack Murphy Stadium, the ballpark named for Bob’s brother.

The 2015 Mets swept the Cubs in four games.  Is anyone surprised that the MVP was Daniel Murphy?

So yesterday I went to synagogue for morning minyan.  The Rabbi is an ardent Mets fan, he was wearing a Mets t-shirt and had a Mets banner draped over the lectern.  The sun rose as we said our morning prayers, and the Rabbi couldn't help but note that the sky was orange and blue.  And after the service, we drank a "l'chaim" to the team.

On to the World Series.  Let's Go Mets!!!!!!

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