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Infographic: Looking back at the infamous Steve Bartman incident


In a day that will live in infamy in Chicago Cubs lore, a bespectacled, headphones-wearing fan may have single-handedly became the living, physical, human embodiment of all the heartbreak, tragedy and ineptitude of the long-suffering MLB team known as “The Loveable Losers.”

On Oct. 14, 2003, Steve Bartman, in an effort to snag a souvenir ball falling near his seat along the left field line at Wrigley Field, reached out and unwittingly interfered with Cubs outfielder Moisés Alou‘s attempt at catching a foul ball.

And to say things went from bad from worse from there for the Cubs would be a drastic understatement.  Ahead 3-0 in the game at the time and up 3 games to 2 in the NLCS against the Florida Marlins, went on to lose Game 6 and Game 7.

Whether that tragic outcome was solely the responsibility of Bartman or not, Cubs fans to this day continue to blame him for it, insisting it was all Bartman’s fault. It was so bad for Bartman after he inserted himself into accursed Cubs lore that he went into hiding afterward, never to surface again. At least not yet.

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