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Goat head delivery `dumb,` Cubs players say

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

While Chicago police are trying to find out who sent a severed goat's head to Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, people can't seem to stop talking about it.

Cubs fans pouring into today's game against the Giants couldn't help by chime in about the unwelcomed package.

SEE: Police investigate goat's head sent to Wrigley Field

"This is something that's been going on for years and I think it's something that, it's just a prank that the fans are playing," says Cubs fan Don Baker.

"I think it's kind of funny. I don't know. I just think it's a blooper," Cubs fan Kelli Bastian says. "I don't think anything serious about it."

Even those in the Cubs organization got in on the discussion.

"Obviously, it's just an unfortunate fan doing something pretty stupid," he said.

The significance of the goat, however, lost on anyone. In 1945, a tavern owner named William "Billy Goat" Sianis tried to bring a goat to a World Series game, but was told his goat -- which had a ticket -- smelled too much to be admitted. Sianis angrily put a curse on the team and since then, the Cubs haven't been back to the World Series.

Fans have had little to cheer on the field in recent years, as the Cubs lost more than 100 games last year and are off to a rocky start this season. As for Ricketts, he's been negotiating a $300 million renovation of the stadium, built almost a century ago, with the city and neighborhood businesses. Police have not said whether the head is believed to be linked to those negotiations -- or anything else.

Cubs players, however, weren't intimidated by the gesture.

"That's probably just an upset fan or a fan of another team," first baseman Anthony Rizzo said before the Cubs played the San Francisco Giants on Thursday. "My opinion it's just dumb, but it is what it is."

Pitcher Jeff Samardzija was disappointed with the lack of creativity.

"Very original since it's only been around for 60, 70 years," pitcher Jeff Samardzija said. "You'd think they'd come up with something different."

As for Cubs spokesperson Julian Green, he doesn't want anything to do with another goat.

"We've got one too many goat legends," he said. "We don't need another one."

With all this talk about goats, how easy is it to get a goat head here in Chicago? Apparently, it's a lot easier than you think.

FOX 32's Lisa Chavarria went to see Masa Azul's Executive Chef Jonathan Zaragosa, also known as the "goat boy.". He's been dealing and cooking goat since the age of 12.

"It's easier than people think," Zaragosa says about obtaining a goat's head. "You just have to find a butcher, if you will, like my friend Robert Leavitt at the Butcher and Larder, he gets his in locally, as do we."

Buying a goat head won't hurt your wallet, either.

"You're looking at anywhere between 15 and 20 dollars," says Zaragosa.

The inexpensive purchase is still sparking a lot of debate in and outside of Wrigley Field.

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