There was an incident in the eighth inning of Game 6 between the Chicago Cubs and the Florida Marlins on October 14, 2003 at Wrigley Field. With Chicago in advance 3–0 and holding 3 games to 2 lead in the best of 7 series, several spectators attempted to catch a foul ball off the bat of Marlins’ second baseman Luis Castillo. One of the fans, Steve Bartman, reached for the ball, interrupting a catch by Cubs outfielder Moisés Alou who looked to be in perfect position to get the ball. The Cubs, who were leading 3-0 at the time, lost the game and eventually the series.
Steve Bartman unintentionally found himself in a world of controversy and the target of fury for an entire fan base since the incident occurred. In the aftermath of the incident, Bartman, a lifelong Cubs fan, had to be escorted from the stadium by security guards. Moreover, Bartman’s name, as well as personal information about him, appeared on MLB online message boards minutes after the game finished. ESPN announced the one episode entitled “Catching Hell” which was about the story of Steve Bartman which changed Cubs history included in ESPN “30 for 30″ documentary series. The “Catching Hell” was aired last night at 8:00 ET.
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