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January 21, 2009, 11:22 AM
"Hot, Holy Water: Cubs Chairman Kenney Claims Priest Begged For Tickets In Exchange For Blessing (continued)Email Embed MySpace Facebook Digg"

Reports have been circulating about Chicago Cubs Chairman Crane Kenney's comments regarding the truth behind a pre-game blessing in the Cubs dugout during Game 1 of last season's playoff series. Forget the curse of the goat, let's chalk up blasphemy to the Cubs track record.

Did Chicago Cubs Chairman Crane Kenney seriously just blast a Greek Orthodox priest? According to recent reports by the Chicago Tribune, yup, he sure did.

After being confronted by a fan during this past weekend???s Cubs Convention, the chairman denied having approached Rev. James L. Greanias of St. Lakovas Greek Orthodox Church to perform a pre-game blessing over the Cubs dugout during Game 1 of last year???s playoff series.

Instead, Kenney claimed that he was doing the priest a favor by allowing him to offer up a measly blessing and some holy water, in exchange for tickets to the high-stakes game.

"An e-mail comes in, and this was a huge Cubs fan who wants to get tickets to the game and has a cell phone with a Cubs ring tone on it, and I said, 'Let him go,' " Kenney said about the reverend.

In a quick retort to the Chairman's comments, Greanias gave his version of the exchange to the Tribune's Paul Sullivan: "Kenney told me he wanted a Greek orthodox priest because [William] Sianis was Greek," said Greanias, referring to the tavern owner who placed a hex on the Cubs during the 1945 World Series. "The last thing on my mind was calling the Cubs to ask them to bless the field. In fact, I thought it was a joke at first."

At first glance, this looks like a cut-and-dry ???he said, he said??? scenario, and if one of those ???he???s??? weren???t a man of the cloth, it might be actually be as simple as that. Instead, this comes down to much more: the Suit vs. the Cross.

In one corner, you have the argument of a desperate chairman whose ballclub is known throughout the land for being cursed from any World Series title.

In the other corner, you have the word of an unknown Servant of God (well, not unknown anymore), whose only mistake up until now (that we know of) is that he may be a Cubs fan; a claim that is still unsubstantiated.

Is this really a toss-up of truths?

At this point, Kenney should be on his hands and knees praying that this particular priest chose to take a temporary leave of absence from his faith and instead, openly lie about his intentions for giving the dugout prayer; an unlikely confession.

In the event that faith is on Kenney's side and Greanias is guilty of nothing more than being a Cubs fan fretting for seats, Kenney remains the the guy that threw a priest ???under the bus.???

Well done Kenney, as if things weren???t bad enough for the Cubs, choking down missed opportunities year after year, now you just went and made them blasphemous, too. Looks like you???ll need more than a bowl of holy water to undo this doozy.


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