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Posted 20 October 2003 - 07:16 PM
Cubs hope fan is forgiven Vilified spectator issues apology for going after ball
CHICAGO -- The heartbroken fan who unwittingly played in a role in the Chicago Cubs' Game 6 loss of the National League Championship Series apologized Wednesday in a prepared statement. "I had my eyes glued on the approaching ball the entire time and was so caught up in the moment that I did not even see Moises Alou, much less that he may have had a play," Steve Bartman, 26, said in the statement. "Had I thought for one second that the ball was playable or had I seen Alou approaching, I would have done whatever I could to get out of the way and give Alou a chance to make the catch.
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Posted 21 October 2003 - 05:42 AM
Being a very loyal ( and disappointed) Boston Red Sox Fan, I really think that they should give the guy a break. It sure was not intentional, besides, he did not even end up with the ball. There is always next year. At least that is our motto
I will give you my heart
but please be careful
do not break it
for it is fragile
I'm from Chicago and even though I like the Sox better, i'm kinda peed off about the guy catching the ball since the Cubs haven't won a world series for almost a century. But still, anyone who said they wouldn't have went for the ball is a hypocrite. People go to games with baseball mitts to catch a ball. If you see a baseball coming towards you during a game, it's a natural reaction to go for it without thinking, and most of the people did. Bartman caught it. What's sad is most of the people who saw the ball coming to them and hoped they could catch it but after Bartman did, the same people threw anything they could at him. He was drenched with beer by the time he left.
When that Boston fan interfered with the ball and the good people of that town wanted to tar and feather him, that was a bad thing for him. Or was it? Did he make it a bad thing or was it in reality a bad happening? Let's explore one of lifes mysteries. When that happened I saw opportunity. He could have contacted the Marlins baseball club or reply to any one of the folks in Florida who offered him asylum, including the Governor. He could have offered himself as a good luck charm to the Marlins and offer to appear at their games sitting above the dougout. If they lost he would return to Boston and said, "There you go I've redeemed myself. I've hexed them and they lost." Seeing as the Marlins won though, he would now be a celebrity in Florida Personally I think we would have seen him being carried on the shoulders of the fans, in the locker room being interviewed and just all around good things happening in his life from here on. Instead, where is he now?
I would say it was an accident. He was a fan of baseball. If the ball was going to his way-and was hit by a super star, of course EVERYONE would try to catch it... Its just the excitement there. Fans around him tried to reach for the ball too, but luckily didnt touch it.