Will Cubs Fans Ever Forgive Steve Bartman?
As someone who's not a life-long Cubs fan, I need help understanding the story behind Steve Bartman. I don't know a lot about the rules of baseball, so maybe that's part of the problem, but what did this poor guy do?
From what I understand, he caught a foul ball that could have been an out that the Cubs needed to help them advance in the NLCS. Yes? Don't all fans try to catch foul balls? I'm so confused.
I've watched the videos, I read the articles and it seems to me like this guy has received way too much of the brunt of the team's losing streak. There were other fans reaching for that ball, right? Weren't there other mistakes made by the players during that same game that could've been avoided? Am I way off base on this?
Not trying to stir the pot, I'm just curious. I feel so bad for this poor guy. According to CNN it sounds like he's been able to move on from this and lead a fairly normal life (even though he still gets threats to this day) in the last 13 years; and while some Chicago fans think it would be a good idea to bring him back to throw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field, the Chicago Tribune says it's probably not going to happen.
What do you think about Bartman? Is it time to move on from this and forgive him or will he always be the scapegoat (see what I did there) for the Cubs losing the NLCS back in 2003?