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Long live the curse of the billy goat

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

I'm a big baseball fan.

Always have, always will be.

My two favorite teams: The Reds & The Yankees.

I know both of them are languishing at the bottom of the standings, but that's okay. I've been a fan of both teams long enough to know they'll bounce back eventually.

The team I openly root against: The Chicago Cubs and it’s not even close.

I know the Cubs are an up and coming team, but I cannot and will not root for them.

The Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908; that story has been told so many times I can hear it in my sleep.

I, for one, would love to see that streak extend for another 108 years.

I’m a traditionalist and believe certain stories in the baseball mythos just need to be preserved.

I was a huge believer in the curse of the Bambino until the Red Sox broke it in 2004.

Just writing that sentence nearly brings a tear to my eye. I mean, who blows a 3-0 lead in a best of seven series?! No one up until then.

Theo Epstein masterminded that team. Now he's in charge of the Cubs, so the Northside fans have hope this is their year.

But the curse of the billy goat is strong, just ask the 2003 Cubbies. They were on the verge of making the World Series, and then tanked.

Thank you, Steve Bartman. 

There's no denying this year's team has major talent; Kris Bryant, Jon Lester, Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward have the Cubs sitting atop the National League with the best record in baseball.

Middletown native Kyle Schwarber is out for the year or they would be even better.

Honestly, I don’t know if anyone can beat them.

But it's only May and anything can happen in baseball. And I fully expect (more like hope) the Cubs' true colors to come out in October when it matters most.

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