ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) - We’ve been following the progress of five Chicago Cubs fans as they trek across the country — with a goat — for one good cause, cancer research, and one boo-hissable cause (if you’re a Cardinals fan), to end the legendary “Curse of the Billy Goat” that has plagued the Cubs for nearly 70 years.
Well now they’ve reached the far western borders of St. Louis, making their way from St. Albans through Wildwood, then the rest of St. Louis County, and finally downtown.
In fact, Matt Gregory and his friends (and their adopted goat, “Wrigley”) are going to be in town for the Cards-Cubs showdown at Busch Stadium on Monday and Tuesday.
Earlier this year, Gregory told KMOX’s Brian Kelly that they cover about 25 miles a day on foot as part of their epic journey that began at Cubs training camp in Mesa, Arizona on Ron Santo’s birthday Feb. 25, and will eventually wind up at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Memorial Day.
“The goat rides in a cart most of the time but when he’s walking some people see it and they don’t even know what to think,” according to Gregory. “(Wrigley) nibbles on everything in our back packs, and he’s always tasting different stuff. He’s nibbled a couple of iPhone chargers and headphones.”
Wrigley’s human escorts are living on Ramen noodles, camper meals, tuna and energy bars — as well as the unwavering hope that their ordeal will finally be enough to lift the Billy Goat Curse.
Click here to learn more about the Curse of the Billy Goat
Now the other thing they’re doing is raising money for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and if fact they’re planning to be at the Post Bar & Grill in Maplewood Saturday night (May 12th), with 15% of the proceeds from that evening’s sales going toward cancer research.
Click here to learn more about the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
And another fun thing the goat gang will be doing this weekend is stopping by Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur, and setting up an impromptu petting zoo for sick kids.
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The hikers say that they’ve been treated very well as they trek across Cardinals country. Gregory says, “Cardinal country’s been great so far. We cannot say a bad thing about it. Everybody’s been very generous. We’ll see what it’s like when we get actually into the city and into a ballgame but so far so good.”
Kyle Townsend agrees that Cardinals fans have been good sports, “There’s been some yelling from the road like ‘Go Cardinals’ but usually they have a smile on their face.”