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Whatever happened to Cubs fan Steve Bartman?


Chicago Cubs diehard Steve Bartman, who came to betoken the team s crushing defeat in the 2003 National League Championship Series, will be alert to the TV Saturday night. No agnosticism that he will be watching, Frank Murtha, a longtime acquaintance and abettor for Bartman, told .The Cubs face Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw as allotment of their adventure for their aboriginal Major League Baseball championship in 108 years. They advance the seven-game National League Championship Alternation 3-2. If they win, the aggregation will arch to Cleveland to activity the Indians in the World Series.Thirteen year ago, Bartman sat in Wrigley Field s stands in a blooming bodice and headphones over his Cubs cap during Game 6 of the NLCS. The Cubs led that alternation adjoin the Florida Marlins three amateur to two. The Cubs were a bald bristles outs from the World Series.Then Bartman, built-in bottomward the larboard acreage line, accomplished for a abhorrent brawl and angled it abroad from the ample cuff of leaping Cubs outfielder Moises Alou.His arrest was the agitator for a Marlins assemblage and closing alternation win. TV cameras focused on Bartman, arctic in his seat. He was showered with corruption and had to be escorted from the stands for his own safety. Few bodies acknowledgment that a analytical absurdity on a abiding out by Cubs ambush Alex Gonzalez would accept concluded the inning. What went on that night at the amphitheater was appealing scary, said Murtha, who speaks occasionally with Bartman. It was article like a biblical Give us Barabbas and excruciate the added guy, you know? It was mob activity fueled by a lot of alcohol, a absolute storm of abortive behavior. Bartman, who still lives in the Chicago breadth and works for a banking firm, all but vanished. He still receives threats, according to Murtha. Steve aloof wishes the Cubs able-bodied and has no absorption in actuality any aberration from whatever happens to them, said Murtha. He is such a grounded, able-bodied centered being that he doesn t charge the affirmation. He doesn t seek forgiveness. None is apparently needed. So don t apprehend to see a man some accede the best abominable fan in the history of baseball at the World Series. If the Cubs get there. Finally. The likelihood that he would acknowledgment to bandy out a aboriginal brawl or annihilation like that is apparently slim, none and no chance, said Murtha. Steve s ambition in all this has been to acknowledgment to a accustomed activity and the actuality that we re still talking about it 13 years afterwards the actuality is annihilation abbreviate of bizarre. Bartman has angry bottomward banking opportunities, according to Murtha. There were book proposals and a six-figure action for a commercial.A auberge aggregation offered a six-week Florida vacation. Instead, Murtha said Bartman asked the aggregation for allowance certificates, which he donated to charity. Somebody had some abstraction about a Broadway play, which I anticipation at aboriginal was a joke, said Murtha, a sports abettor and aloft prosecutor. Is this Spring time for Hitler or what? Murtha said Bartman is single. He won t say whether Bartman has been aback to Wrigley in the aftermost 13 years. He is chic and has risen aloft this, said Murtha. The appearance that he has and the affectionate of being that he is reflects able-bodied on him.