I am almost positive each and every one of you know who Steve Bartman is, but in case you were living under a rock back in 2003, Steve Bartman is a Cubs fan who had all eyes on him on October 14th when he attempted to catch a foul ball during plays offs against the Florida Marlins. It was the eigth inning, Mark Prior was pitching a three hit shut out for the Cubs. The Florida Marlins had Juan Pierre on second and Luis Castillo was up to bat. The Cubs were winning the game, 3-0, leading the series 3 games to 2. The Cubs were merely 5 outs away from getting to the World Series since 1945 and were simply 5 outs away from attempting to win a World Series since 1908.
Bartman was sitting in front row along the left field wall behind the bullpen when a foul ball popped off of Castillo’s bat drifted over to him. Moises Alou ran over in an attempt to catch the ball. He lept and reached into the seating area in hopes to make the catch, but instead all he grabbed was air, for Bartman had his eye on the ball and didn’t notice the fielder.
Steve Bartman became a walking target in Chicago after that. Within minutes, his personal information was posted in the MLB message boards and received harrassing phone calls which led to police protection and his eventual move from Chicago to an undisclosed location.
Now, nearly 5 years later, after all has been forgotten (supposedly), a sports collectors website, SportsBuy.com, has offered Steve Bartman $25,000.00 to appear at the National Sports Collector’s Convention in Chicago, IL on July 31st at 1:00pm central time, prove that he is the real Steve Bartman and “not just some earphone wearing imposter”, and autograph the infamous photograph taken on that fateful day back in 2003. If Bartman does agree to attend the convention, SportsBuy.com has stated that the autograph will be auctioned off and all proceeds will be donated to a local charity.
Will Steve Bartman come out of hiding to claim his $25,000.00? I certainly would.