Tuesday marks the five-year anniversary of the Steve Bartman incident. Chicago Sun-Times sports editor and blogger Roman Modrowski says enoguh time has passed to forgive Bartman once and for all:
He's not a cocky jerk, like the idiots who threw stuff at him. He's just a normal guy who got caught up in a moment and went for a foul ball the way most people would, whether they admit it or not.
Bartman didn't lose that game. The Cubs did. The sequence of events is well-documented. If Alex Gonzalez didn't choke on the double-play ball, Bartman would be a footnote.
"The idiots who threw stuff at" Bartman can be seen in this footage of the Cubs' most infamous fan being escorted out of Wrigley:
The Palm Beach Post tells the story of a security guard who whisked Bartman to safety at her North Side apartment immediately after they left the ball park:
Once inside, the man thanked her and introduced himself: "I'm Steven."
Then, Steve Bartman grabbed the remote control and watched replay after replay of a foul ball struck during the Chicago Cubs' 8-3 loss to the Florida Marlins in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.
After a while, he looked up at the security officers and asked: "Did I really mess up the game?''