Today marks the 10th anniversary of the incident involving Cubs fan Steve Bartman and Cubs outfielder Moises Alou. As a sports fan, this is one of the most compelling sports topics to me. It is a story of how a man's life was changed because of reaching out for a foul ball, something we all would do.
We are now ten years down the road and I believe it still was not Bartman's fault. Steve Bartman has been blamed because of supposedly "losing the Cubs game" and costing the Cubs the series. Here is the video if you have never watched it:
Certainly heartbreaking for all Cubs fans as they missed out on a trip to the World Series. Bartman was blamed for the Cubs but there are several reasons why this wasn't his fault. First of all, Bartman and any sports fan would have done the same action and gone for the ball, I know I would have. Second, Bartman didn't see Alou as he was focused on the ball. What bugs me, is Alou's reaction to Bartman which was very unprofessional and rude. Third, Bartman was also listening to the game at the same time (you can see his headphones) and it has been shown through ESPN's 30 for 30 that the radio broadcast was behind the actual game. Therefore, Bartman didn't have an idea that anything was going on. Basically he saw the ball and went for it.
His life was changed that night and he has never returned to Wrigley field since then. The only public action Bartman took was an apology to all Cubs fans and the organization. That statement wasn't necessary for Bartman to do. Mr. Bartman will live with this for the rest of his life. He hasn't had anything to do with the Cubs since being escorted out of the game back in 2003.