A goat and a good cause reach Wrigley

A goat and a good cause reach Wrigley

A goat and a good cause reach Wrigley
CHICAGO -- Five guys and a goat arrived at Wrigley Field on Tuesday, completing a 95-day journey that spanned more than 2,000 miles and raised more than $20,000 for cancer research.

Cubs fans Matt Gregory, Kyle Townsend, Blake Ferrell, P.J. Fisher, Philip Aldrich and Wrigley, a Nigerian Dwarf billy goat, were on hand for Tuesday's game against the Padres.

The group's fundraising will go to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Gregory's mother was treated for leukemia at the center, which was the first research center to study bone marrow transplants for siblings. Aldrich donated bone marrow to his sister, who also had a form of leukemia, when he was young.

Aldrich said the group's donations spiked on Opening Day, when Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts did a radio interview with them and matched their then-$2,600 total.

"The Cubs have been very supportive," Aldrich said. "We were talking to his assistant on a daily basis, trading emails."

The group -- which calls themselves "Crack the Curse" -- blogged about their travels on their website as the made their way from Mesa, Ariz., to Chicago, a trek that began Feb. 25.

"Crack the Curse" actually made it to Chicago on Monday and attended the game, sans Wrigley, as the Cubs broke their 12-game losing streak. The group also was on hand at the team's previous win on May 14 in St. Louis.

Aldrich said the toughest part of the trip was the beginning, dealing with "excruciatingly painful" blisters on their feet and then going through the hot New Mexico desert. Once the group got through Texas, however, Aldrich said he knew they were going to finish.

For Wrigley -- who was purchased for $60 off Craigslist -- it's onto the next chapter in life. Townsend's mother owns a farm in Michigan, where Aldrich said Wrigley will "retire and live a good goat life."

"He went from a pen to seeing the country, so I'd say he's had a pretty good ride," Aldrich said.