The Steve Bartman Incident is one of the more infamous incidents in both the histories of the Cubs and Marlins franchises. Ten years ago yesterday, an innocent diehard Cubs fan became the center of the hatred in Chicago, when he was one of several fans to reach out for a foul ball off the bat off Luis Castillo.
With Mark Prior pitching a shutout and the Marlins down to their final five outs, Moises Alou had a chance to catch a foul ball, but the ball deflected off of one fan, Steve Bartman. Alou was instantly upset and his teammates begged for fan interference.
Since yesterday was the 10 year anniversary of the “Bartman incident,” we will take a look at some articles pointed at the incident from a decade ago:
He was a diehard Cubs fan, the sort who listens to the radio while at the game, and he had one of the best seats in the house. The Cubs were on the verge of the World Series. It should’ve been the happiest moment of his life.
On this day in team history, the Marlins exploded for eight runs in the top of the 8th inning to overcome a 3-0 deficit and take Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS. This is the infamous Bartman game, in which the Cubs fan appeared to steal an out from Moises Alou.
ESPN Chicago’s Marc Silverman looks back on Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS and would love to see Steve Bartman welcomed back to Wrigley Field.
Ten years ago tonight, the Cubs were five outs away from their first World Series appearance since 1945. Chicago led the Marlins 3-0 in the top of the eighth inning of Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field, but the Cubs gave up eight runs in that inning to lose the game, and then blew an early 5-3 lead the next night to lose Game 7. In the 10 years since, they haven’t won a single postseason game, and they haven’t won a World Series title since 1908.
If you are a Chicago Cubs fan or a baseball fan in general, it is hard to forget the infamous Steve Bartman play that came back to haunt the Cubs and ultimately led to the end of their playoff hopes a decade ago.
Ten Years Later, Infamous Cubs Fan Remains Invisible | New York Times
Steve Bartman sat in the first row down the left-field line for Game 6 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Florida Marlins at Wrigley Field on Oct. 14, 2003. He wore a green turtleneck and had headphones over his Cubs cap. By the end of the night, he was the most infamous fan, perhaps, in the history of American sports.
Mark Prior still blames self, not Bartman | U-T San Diego
Oh yeah. Mark Prior still has hard feelings.
Exactly 10 years have passed since the so-called “Bartman Game,” the incomprehensible loss on Oct. 14, 2003, that Chicago may forever decry as the closest the accursed Cubs will ever get to another World Series at Wrigley Field. But while the Windy City will remember it for the headphone-wearing fan who tried to catch the most infamous foul ball in baseball history, Prior’s issue is with the guy who threw that eighth-inning pitch in the first place.
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The name strikes fear into the hearts of American League pitchers from New York to L.A. He won the triple crown last year, and many of his ‘13 stats eclipsed the historic season. To acquire a more broad view, here is Cabrera’s per-year-average batting line based on 10+ seasons: