Those of you who watched the 30 for 30 documentary, Catching Hell, last night on ESPN know how riveting it was for a character like Steve Bartman to collide with Chicago Cubs baseball history. The character had to be in the right place at the right time. The ball had to find him. He had to be wearing those headphones.
The Halloween costume. And in a matter of seconds, Steve Bartman’s life changed forever over a stupid foul ball. Of course Twitter exploded last night with Steve supporters well outnumbering those still holding a grudge.
But he remains in what seems like a witness protection program. To this day it is believed that Bartman has never taken a dime off his awkward fame.
Just to recap for those BC readers who were still on a required bed time way back in 2003 and missed the Bartman incident (via Wikipedia).
In the eighth inning of Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, with Chicago ahead 3–0 and holding a 3 games to 2 lead in the best of 7 series, several spectators attempted to catch a foul ball off the bat of Marlins’ second baseman Luis Castillo. One of the fans, Steve Bartman, touched the ball once it crossed into the stands, disrupting a potential catch by Cubs outfielder Moisés Alou. If Alou had caught the ball, it would have been the second out in the inning, and the Cubs would have been just four outs away from winning the National League pennant. Instead, the Cubs ended up surrendering eight runs in the inning, giving up the lead. They went on to lose the game. When they were eliminated in the seventh game the next day, the “Steve Bartman incident” was seen as the turning point of the series.
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