In this curious tale of baseball hexes, the man who helped end the Curse of the Bambino for the Red Sox brought in a reliever who endured another one to try to end the Billy Goat Curse.

And if Cubs President Theo Epstein and new setup man Kyuji Fujikawa pull this one off, they're likely to go down in the pantheon of all-time curse killers.

Few know of the Curse of the Colonel that was put on Fujikawa's team in Japan in 1985.

Fujikawa, who signed a two-year, $9 million deal with the Cubs in December, confirmed a curse allegedly was placed on the Hanshin Tigers, considered the Japanese version of the Red Sox. It involved a strange celebration after the Randy Bass-led team won the Japanese World Series in 1985.

Townsfolk jumped into the Dotonbori River dressed as the team's players, and to represent Bass, someone grabbed a plastic statue of Col. Sanders from outside a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet.