October 14th marks the 8th anniversary of the day that then-26 year-old Cubs fan Steve Bartman’s life changed forever; and we’re not talking about the type of life-changing that happens when you win the lottery.
No, poor Steve Bartman achieved infamy after he tried to catch a fly ball in foul territory in the 8th inning of a game that the Cubs were up 3-0. He didn’t catch the ball, but he caught the wrath of Moises Alou and Cub nation.
There are plenty of sane people who don’t blame Bartman for the Cubs blowing the lead in game six of the playoff series against the Marlins that night, and then going on to lose the series to Florida. Just like there are plenty of sane people who didn’t blame Bill Buckner for the Sox losing the ’86 World Series. (fun fact: I have Buckner’s rookie card. He’s on it as a Dodger prospect with my cousin, Jack Jenkins. I had Jack sign it, but haven’t been able to get Buckner to sign it, too)