- Aug 28, 2011
- Reaction Score
Steve Bartman. Poor guy. He caught a ton of help from the October 16th 2003 play during the Cubs/Margins NCLS. Geesh he literally got lynched without being lynched. I feel so bad for.the guy.
Is anybody else watching this other than me. The guy did what any fan would do.and try to catch a foul ball. Unfortunately he helped.keep an inning alive that ultimately cost the Cubbies a shot at the Worp Series. It wasn't all in him though..
That's not true. Having watched scores of games in Wrigley, the fans know not to do that. They were the first stadium to throw back opponent home runs and because of the nature of Wrigley learned long ago how to affect games. In another park, it wouldn't have been as big a deal, but Wrigley fans because of a hundred years of sitting right on top of the players, knew to keep out of the way.
That point is often missed by national broadcasters who are less familiar with the park.
Yep, Bartman was unlucky and didn't know better. But he wasn't like most of the fans who go to hundreds of games and know not to touch that ball.
I saw it myself. I had forgotten about Moises Alou's ridiculous over reaction. A professional ball player may react that way if it were a bit more critical of a siituation (perhaps tie game, runner on third who would not have scored on an out because of that play) but when that happened there was no reason for his going nuts like that. Pryor was still cruising, the lead was safe, his antics had to bring the whole team down, thinking they were fortunate to be in a position to win and one of their last opportunities just vanished.
Perhaps there are plenty of Cubs fans who know this but none were anywhere near that play. If you saw the documentary you would have seen the many (nearly a dozen) who were reaching for the ball while it was in the air. By some weird twist of irony most did appear to be Cubs fans.A big part of the anger by Cubs fans is that Bartman was clueless. He didn't know the etiquette of the park. Believe me there are plenty of Cubs fans who would just have leaned back and let Alou catch the ball.