Cubs 'goat walk' from Ariz. to Chicago complete

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

CHICAGO -- Five Chicago Cubs fans went the distance for their team and they brought a goat with them.

The men were hoping to break the so-called "Billy Goat Curse" with their new pet, Wrigley.

In February, they began their on-foot trek from Mesa, Ariz. to Wrigley Field in Chicago.

They planned to bring Wrigley in for a game, but on Tuesday the Cubs said they wouldn't allow the animal into the park.

Still, the fans' long voyage wasn't for nothing.

"It's about respecting the goat. The hike is about 2,000 miles, but you know, raising money for cancer research and letting the goat see all the different parts of the country like Route 66, the goat's helped us raise over $20,000. It's probably close to $25,000 now. And the Cubs are going to make a donation today. To me, that's respecting the goat and I think that was part of the curse, not respecting the goat."

The Cubs said they'll donate $1,746 to the cause -- $1.00 for every mile the group walked.

In case you're wondering, the curse got its start in the 1940s.

It's said that the Cubs refused to let the owner of a local tavern bring his goat into the game.

In retaliation, he told the Cubs they'd never win a World Series game again.