Cubs Nation has much to celebrate after their defeat of the LA Dodgers on Oct. 22 to win the NLCS. And now that they are on their way to the World Series against the Cleveland Indians, the man blamed for the Cubs losing their 2003 shot at the World Series, may get redemption. Get the scoop on Steve Bartman here!
1. He reached for a foul ball.
Back in 2003, during Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, Steve was sitting in Wrigley Field while the Cubs were playing the Marlins and were just five outs from the World Series. But then, Steve reached out for a foul ball, accidentally tipping it away from the reach of Cubs outfielder Moises Alou.
2. It got SCARY after that.
Steve was terrorized at the game for what he did, as the Marlins won the game, and eventually the series. Steve was seen on camera being escorted from the stands to ensure his safety. Ya, it was bad.
3. Some members of Cubs Nation still blame him for their 2003 loss, and chance to get into the World Series.
Though not many people keep in mind that an error by Cubs shortstop Alex Gonzalez would have ended the inning, Steve was the one everyone blamed. A poor fan, just reaching for a foul ball, he still receives the hate from other members of Cubs Nation who just can’t forget.
4. He refused all profit and offers that came his way after the tragic defeat for which he was blamed.
Steve issued an apologize to the team and the fans in a statement, but refused to make any profit from his new found, but negative, publicity. He received hundreds of commercial offers, but didn’t want any celebrity for the incident.
5. The hashtag #ForgiveBartman is going around and people are hoping he will throw out the first pitch at this year’s World Series.
We know that Steve, more than anyone, wants the Cubs to win their first Major League Baseball championship in 108 years. That’s probably why the hashtag #ForgiveBartman has been circling around and everyone from Twitter users to the Chicago Tribune wants him to throw out the first pitch at Wrigley to make up for what happened to him. And we couldn’t agree more with how fitting that would be!
HollywoodLifers, do you hope that Steve will throw out the first pitch at the World Series? Let us know below!