Please End The Second City Side Show

By Gregory Moore
Updated: July 27, 2008

SAN ANTONIO — There is a cruel irony to sports and Steve Bartman is now the definition of what is wrong with many fans today.

It’s been years since the Chicago Cub fan reached out and tried to snag a souvenir for himself. All that action ever did was make him the No. 1 hated person in Cubs fan lore.

I’m sure Bartman would love to forget the events of October 14, 2003 during the NLCS game between the Cubbies and the Florida Marlins, but there are people out there who will not let this man get any rest.

I’ve always said that we need to consider the aftermath of our actions in situations like this. Ask yourself, “What did Steve really do that was wrong?”

For Cubs fans,they are going to say he cost them a chance at a World Series.

That’s got to be the lamest excuse in sports history because the only people who cost the Cubs a chance at the World Series were the players on the roster during that time.

Fans don’t play baseball; baseball players play baseball. But you can’t get that past anyone who thinks that this young man, who is now 32 years of age, was the demise of the 2003 season.

Nothing is more prevalent in that regards than what some sports memorabilia guy wants to pay Bartman just to sign an autograph.

And they say that human beings can be compassionate.

Yeah, only when money isn’t greasing their wheel of greed, fame and glory.

For what reason does Mike Berkus honestly think $25,000 is going to do for the psyche of Bartman and/or his friends and family?

This is the prototypical Neanderthal response from someone who only cares about the publicity and not the person that’s involved.

In 2003, I felt for Bartman. There’s nothing better than for a baseball fan to reach out and get a souvenir and in this case it’s a ball from the game.

Many times fans miss the catch and the ball goes careening off of somebody’s glove or person into the rows behind them. Other times that spectacular catch is made and shown up on the Jumbotron.

But not for Bartman. Not on that eventful day that changed his life forever.

The only thing that was showed on the Jumbotron and around the world was he and Moises Alou trying to get to the same ball. Alou said that he wouldn’t have caught it at one point but then caught an impromptu case of CRS and said he never said that.

Yeah okay and I’m sure he would have made the play. As many times as I’ve seen it, Alou would have dropped the darn thing because he didn’t have enough reach.

But that’s another topic for another time.

In the case of Bartman, what this event has done was make him a near prisoner of the event and that’s not fair. And to ask him to sign the picture of the event isn’t just cruel and unusual punishment; it’s downright irresponsible as a compassionate person.

In other words, all Berkus is looking for a carnival act for his three-ring circus.

Well, Bartman isn’t the two headed lion tamer and he has every right to not be a part of shenanigans like this. It’s time that Cub fans find a way to bring this young man back into a world where he is not vilified.

He’s not Bucky Dent or Mitch Williams. Those guys were pro athletes and their mistakes are something of lore.

Bartman is like you and me. He’s a fan. Or at least he was back then. But the bottom line is that Steve Bartman doesn’t need to come out of hiding for the public.

He never should have been put in the precarious position to hide in the first place.