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Old Jul 27th 2007, 11:37 pm
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Talking Billy Cub needs your help



Billy Cub is trying to become the official mascot of the Chicago Cubs, but the Cubs won't allow costumes inside Wrigley Field. This guy goes out to Wrigley every home game and walks around the outside of Wrigley and gets pictures with all the fans... he's great! That is a picture of my son with Billy Cub! There is a petition online to have him become the official chicago cubs mascot!

I just heard an interview with him on WGN radio! He has spent thousands of dollars on this costume (which is equipped with a complete cooling system). He has been let into Miller Park with the costume, but is NOT allowed in Wrigley.

Anyway, please check out his site and sign the petition!

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Thats amazing. Im for anything to change this teams luck. How can they not let this guy in, but allow somebody to get so drunk they run on the field and try to beat up Howry or Randy Myers, not to mention the Dodger bullpen fiasco.
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His parents are on WGN right now calling from Arizona.... they are flying him out to Arizona for the Diamondbacks series and the Diamondbacks are letting him into the park in his costume, but not Wrigley!?!

His mom said that he chose the number 78 for his jersey in honor of the fire department across the street from Wrigley!
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I think it's the same rule that kept the billy goat out of the stadium during game 7 of the 1945 World Series.
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Yeah...and look what happened then??????!!!!!
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All the more reason to let Billy Cub into the park.
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Thats amazing. Im for anything to change this teams luck. How can they not let this guy in, but allow somebody to get so drunk they run on the field and try to beat up Howry or Randy Myers, not to mention the Dodger bullpen fiasco.
Funny you should mention that! They were talking on the radio today that the guy that charged at Randy Myers is the same guy that has come up with the "It's gonna happen" slogan they have been promoting around Wrigley!!!!

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Perhaps you've seen the banners during Cubs broadcasts, the T-shirts being hawked outside Wrigley Field or the blue wristbands that are becoming de rigueur for the faithful.

"It's gonna happen," they proclaim.

The Cubs and an increasing number of their fans have latched on to the slogan, believing this just might be the year the team goes all the way.


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John Murray, who attacked pitcher Randy Meyers in 1995 and is banned from Wrigley Field, is pictured with his trademarked slogan "It's Gonna Happen" shirt and caps.
(John H. White/Sun-Times)

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The man who trademarked the phrase, John Murray, is pleased that his name is being associated with the Cubs in a positive manner.
It sure beats being known as the guy who charged Cubs reliever Randy Myers on the mound.

Yep, he's one and the same.

Not to bring up an unpleasant subject and spoil all the fun, but isn't it ironic that Murray is behind the new mantra? Only in Cubdom could such a strange relationship develop.

The 39-year-old Murray, a married father of three, would like to forget all about the incident that happened during a game between the Cubs and Houston Astros at Wrigley Field on Sept. 28, 1995.

Murray, then 27, charged in from the right-field stands after Myers surrendered a home run. Murray was met at the mound by a forearm shiver from Myers and quickly subdued by Myers' teammates. He was charged with assault and disorderly conduct -- and banned from the ballpark for a year.

The incident made national headlines and is still cited whenever fan behavior becomes an issue at ballparks or arenas.

"People know what happened, but with my words and my deeds, I've apologized," said Murray, in a why'd-you-have-to-go-there tone of voice. "That happened a dozen years ago. Believe me, it was embarrassing. It was a mistake I made. I'm glad it's behind me."

But do the Cubs realize that he's behind the "It's gonna happen" craze? Yes they do, says Murray, who also noted that he has "been getting free advertising from the Cubs, sitting in the bleachers with a banner."

"[Cubs president] John McDonough is such a smart guy, he knows everything that goes on in Wrigleyville," Murray said. "He knows it's me. And he knows I bought a [commemorative] brick, to apologize for what happened. It's about recognizing your mistakes and apologizing for them."

Murray's brick says: "Sorry Cubs fans, Sept. 28, 1995."

Does this mean the Cubs have forgiven Murray? McDonough was not available for comment. But Mike Lufrano, Cubs senior vice president of community affairs, indicated that the organization views Murray as just another fan.

"[The Myers incident] happened 12 years ago," Lufrano said. "Like many fans who come to the park, we've seen his signs, and it's a slogan about our team that fans are enthusiastic about.

"As far as TV, the signs have only been in background shots. We have no business relationship with him."

Murray, a commodities trader who resides in La Grange, originally conceived the slogan with the city's 2016 Olympic bid in mind, but realized the sentiment is applicable to other situations as well. For instance, he planned to drop some merchandise off at Barack Obama's Chicago campaign office Thursday.

Yet for a self-described "lifelong Cubs fan," nothing beats seeing the organization and its fans embrace your message. And if you're able to make some money in the process, well, you're not going to complain.

"The team was struggling early," Murray said. "And we started off slow, too. But then we started going out to Wrigley Field with the banners, and the Cubs started playing better. Then [utility man] Mark DeRosa noticed our sign, and said he liked [the slogan]. Then I dropped some wristbands off at the Cubs' locker room, and things have taken off from there."

But is it really gonna happen?

"I've been going to Wrigley Field since I was 11, and I've seen a lot of heartbreak," Murray said. "But it's gonna happen. If not this year, then next year."
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Well it's obvious the Cubs brass have something against harry creatures named Billy.
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Last night around midnight, there was only about 200 signatures on his petition. I just checked and now there is 375 signatures! If you haven't checked it out.... visit www.billycub.com and sign the petition to let this cute mascot into Wrigley!!!
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