Mark Richards


Friday, October 15, 2004

Painful Anniversary

Last year, I remember waking up on this very day and thinking to myself, "What went wrong? How could this happen? This was our chance!" That is because yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the Chicago Cubs/Steve Bartman incident.

For those of you that do not remember, The Cubs were leading Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS 3-0 when a ball was popped up in foul territory. Cubs' outfielder Moises Alou tracked the ball over toward the left field stands and made a leaping attempt to snag the ball when innocent (at the time) fan Steve Bartman made an attempt for the ball as well. Alou did not make the catch, the Cubs went on to give up eight runs in the inning and eventually lost Game 6. They then proceeded to lose Game 7 as well, and all because Steve Bartman "got in the way".

Do I think Alou could have made the catch without Bartman's interference? Maybe...and I stress maybe.
Do I believe Steve Bartman cost the Chicago Cubs the game and the series? No.
Is it still the most painful memory for Cubs fans everywhere in recent history? Yes.

I cannot speak for all Cubs fans, but I forgive you Steve Bartman (although you did what any baseball or Cubs fan would do by going for that ball). You do not deserve to be harassed or blamed for everything that happened.

Do not worry Steve Bartman and Cubs fans. We will get ours soon enough.


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