Thursday, September 29, 2011

The scapegoat

ESPN did a documentary on Steve Bartman, the Chicago Cubs' fan who interfered with a foul ball in 2003, thus preventing his team from winning game 6 of the NLCS. The Florida Marlins scored eight runs in the 8th inning after Bartman gave them new life. Security guards had to escort him out of the stadium for his own safety. The Cubs went on to lose game 7.

It didn't help Bartman that he looked like a villain with his turtleneck sweater and his walkman. The guy went to the game and became the story of the game. That Halloween, the most popular costume in Chicago was the "Steve Bartman" look.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the story is the mystique that surrounds Bartman even to this day. He won't speak to the media and has turned down hundreds of thousands of dollars in appearance fees and autographs. The guy who ended up catching the ball sold it for $100,000. Here is the hour long documentary broken down into 10 parts...

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