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'Let's Goat Cubs': Pittsburgh Building Owners Respond to Cubs Prank

The sign was later changed from "Let's Go Cubs" to “Let's Goat Cubs.”

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    'Let's Goat Cubs': Pittsburgh Building Owners Respond to Cubs Prank
    Travis Mpistolarides

    Looks like the owners of the Pittsburgh building that was pranked by a Cubs fan Wednesday have a sense of humor.

    After Chicago fan Steve Mpistolarides walked into an office building across the street from PNC Park and quietly changed a sign that read “Let’s Go Bucs” to “Let’s Go Cubs,” the sign was changed to “Let's Goat Cubs.”

    Smith Brothers Agency, an ad agency headquartered in the building, first posted a photo of their prank response on Twitter with the caption “A good prank deserves a good hex. #CurseOfTheBillyGoat #LetsGoBucs #Buctober.”

    The goat was a reference to the infamous Billy Goat curse, which dates back to Oct. 6, 1945, when tavern owner Billy Sianis claimed to place a curse on the Cubs to prevent them from ever hosting another World Series at Wrigley Field.

    But that didn’t faze the Mpistolarides family, who were later treated to a rooftop party, courtesy of the building’s owners.

    "At first we were like I don't know, they might be setting us up for who knows what, but we said, 'Oh well, let's check it out," said Steve Mpistolarides. "Then we ended up at one of the coolest parties probably in all of Pittsburgh. They were really nice though very cordial. We had a good time."

    Smith Brothers Agency shared a photo of the owners and the Mpistolarides family at their rooftop tailgate party with the caption “pregaming with the pranksters.”

    “They kept telling us we were going to be bad luck,” said Steve Mpistolarides. “We said, ‘We’re the curse busters and we’re not afraid of no goat.’ We’re Greek and we’re getting rid of this curse.”

    The Cubs went on to win their first postseason game in 12 years, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates by a score of 4-0.

    The Mpistolarides family said the day’s events were unexpected, to say the least.

    “We were doing it as a joke between us to send our friends back in Chicago,” Steve Mpistolarides said. “Next thing I know I got all kinds of I don’t know, Facebook messages, tweets and Twitters.”

    Since video of the prank was first posted by Mpistolarides' son Travis, it has been viewed more than 140,000 times, he said. 

     

    So we're at a bar right next to PNC and there's an office building that reads lets go bucs. My dad goes in the elevator low key to the office and switches it to let's go Cubs. Somehow nobody saw him #wearegood

    Posted by Travis Mpistolarides on Tuesday, October 6, 2015