Meet Steve Bartman, the baseball fan who tried to catch a foul ball at Wrigley Field in 2003 during Game 6 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Florida Marlins. See photos, video and a biography of Steve here.
Cubs fans alike will always remember that infamous day when Steve Bartman caught the foul ball out of Moises Alou’s reach during Game 6 of the NL Championship Series back in 2003. Prior to that catch, the Cubs were leading the Marlins, 3-0. After that catch, the Marlins ended up winning the game, 8-3. SportsBuy.com and The National Sports Collectors Convention have now offered Steve Bartman $25,000 for his autograph.
Website nsccshow.com states:
“All he has to do is show up on Thursday July 31, 2008 at 1:00 PM, prove that he is the Steve Bartman pictured in this photo, sign the photo and the $25,000 is his.”
You can pay $15 admission to see if Bartman shows…which is highly doubtful.
As a biography, Steve Bartman hails from Northbrook, Illinois and attended Notre Dame High School for boys in Niles, Illinois. While there, he played baseball and was involved in theater. He graduated in 1995 and attended the University of Notre Dame.
He was a part time coach for the Renegades, a team consisting of 13 and 14 year olds in Niles, Illinois. Steven himself played for the Renegades back in 1992, and the team went on to win the Palatine League Championship. He is such a huge fan of the Cubs that he has attended Spring Training games in Mesa, Arizona.
After the foul ball incident, Bartman had to be escorted away from the field. Obscenities were screamed at him and immediately after the game, his personal information was posted on MLB’s message boards. Police were sent to his home for protection.
He has never given an interview about the incident and has maintained a low profile ever since the incident.
Click below for more photos and video of Steve Bartman.