Cubs to give Bart­man a Se­ries ring

Los Angeles Times - - BASEBALL - By Bill Shaikin bill.shaikin@la­times.com

It’s been al­most three decades since we’ve had a World Se­ries in Los An­ge­les. Get to the World Se­ries, and all is for­given.

Such is the case for the Chicago Cubs and Steve Bart­man, the fan who etched his name into no­to­ri­ety by try­ing to catch a foul ball at the 2003 Na­tional League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries.

Trou­ble was, Cubs left fielder Moises Alou also was try­ing to catch that foul ball. Nei­ther did. Alou was livid that a fan of the home team would get in his way, and Cubs fans were out­raged as well.

The Cubs were five outs away from their first World Se­ries since 1945, with a three-run lead. They lost that game, and the next one too, and the Florida Mar­lins ad­vanced to the World Se­ries.

Never mind that the Cubs still led, 3-0, when Bart­man made his mis­play. The Cubs now had been be­stowed with two curses: the Curse of the Billy Goat, and the Curse of Steve Bart­man.

Bart­man kept a low pro­file over the years: stay­ing away from Wrigley Field, lay­ing low when a move­ment arose for him to throw out a cer­e­mo­nial first pitch when the Cubs fi­nally did make it back to the World Se­ries last year, skip­ping the cham­pi­onship pa­rade that fol­lowed. His spokesman is­sued a state­ment say­ing Bart­man, like all Cubs’ fans, was “over­joyed” by the Cubs’ cham­pi­onship.

The Cubs’ own­ers promised to do right by Bart­man this year. They have. In a state­ment to WGN, the Cubs said they would present Bart­man with a World Se­ries cham­pi­onship ring.

“We hope this pro­vides clo­sure on an un­for­tu­nate chap­ter of the story that has per­pet­u­ated through­out our quest to win a lon­gawaited World Se­ries,” the Cubs said.

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