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Reverse the Curse: Kobayashi ate a goat to help the Cubs

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Reverse the Curse: Kobayashi ate a goat to help the Cubs

When Joe Maddon is trying to plan his next pregame entertainment for the Cubs, maybe he should dial Kobayashi's number.

Takeru Kobayashi, the famous competitive eater, ate a goat to help the Cubs reverse the Curse of the Billy Goat Tuesday night.

Kobayashi teamed up with Taco In A Bag in Lincoln Square to eat a 40-pound cooked goat in one sitting.

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First of all, hats off to Kobayashi. I feel like I've been hungry enough to eat a 40-pound goat, but would probably get like 1, maybe 1-and-a-half pounds into it before passing out into a food coma.

Forget about blowing up Bartman baseballs or allowing goats back into Wrigley Field. Clearly the best way to reverse a century-long curse is to just eat a damn goat.

Maybe this really is the Cubs' year, you guys.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa is heating up, but even a red-hot Sosa doesn't automatically equal wins for the Cubs.

Slammin' Sammy notched his first multi-homer game in 1998 in a 9-5 loss to Kevin Millwood and the Atlanta Braves. Sosa drove in 4 of the Cubs' 5 runs on a solo shot in the 4th inning and a three-run shot in the 8th. 

Sosa tallied 830 feet of homers in the game, with his first blast going 410 feet and the second shot measured at 420 feet.

The big game bumped Sosa's overall season slash line to .337/.411/.551 (.962 OPS) with 11 homers and 35 RBI.

Fun fact: Mickey Morandini hit second for the Cubs in this game and went 4-for-4, but somehow only scored one run despite hitting just in front of Sosa all game. That's because Morandini was caught stealing to end the 3rd inning, leaving Sosa to lead off the 4th inning with a solo blast.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: If Cubs somehow miss the playoffs will Joe Maddon's seat start heating up?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: If Cubs somehow miss the playoffs will Joe Maddon's seat start heating up?

David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Nick Friedell (ESPN.com) and Patrick Finley (Chicago Sun-Times) join David Kaplan on the panel.

The guys discuss Welington Castillo’s 80-game PED suspension, the Cubs struggles and if Joe Maddon could be on the hot seat if the Cubs somehow miss the playoffs in 2018.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: