Steve BartmanPosted: October 14, 2013
Quick. Who is Steve Bartman?
If you answered “The guy who allegedly interfered with Moises Alou’s attempted catch of a foul ball in Game 6 of the 2003 NL Championship Series”–you are correct.
I recently watched a documentary about this historic American baseball event, and my reaction was “What an interesting world!”
Here’s an ESPN promotional video of their story about the incident:
In short, Bartman tried to grab a foul ball as the Cub’s left fielder (Alou) tried to grab the same foul ball. Bartman deflected it, and Alou did not catch it. Subsequently, the Cub’s opponent (the Florida Marlins) scored a bunch of runs, won Game 6 (and then Game 7) and ended up in the World Series.
Cubs fans blamed Bartman for the whole deal, and some even threatened to kill him.
Here’s what I found interesting: While Bartman received death threats, the guy who actually ended up with the foul ball sold it to Harry Caray’s restaurant for $100,000.00. The restaurant actually exploded the ball in a public ceremony, boiled the remains, extracted the boiling baseball steam, infused it into pasta sauce, and served it to customers.
What a world: From the same event, one guy ends up with death threats, another guy gets $100,000.00, and another guy pays to eat pasta sauce with exploded-baseball steam infused into it.
Nothing like being at the right or wrong place at the right or wrong time.
So three more questions: What would you have done if you were Bartman immediately following the foul ball play? (Knowing what I know now, I would have left the stadium pronto.) And what events in the future may the fickle hand of fate push us into that may result in something really good or really bad for us–and are we ready to act?
That is all.