Everyone knows who Steve Bartman is. He’s the Wrigley Field fan in the 2003 NLCS that got in the way of Moises Alou’s catch attempt, cursing the Cubs to yet another year without a World Series appearance.
But years later, Alou apparently had a little confession to make.
Jim Litke of the ASSOCIATED PRESS recently wrote about meeting the ex-Cub now current Met last June while at the Macy’s store in midtown Manhattan. Inevitably, the conversation turned to the Cubs & Bartman’s boo-boo, where Moises made an admission:
“Everywhere I play, even now, people still yell, ‘Bartman! Bartman!’ I feel really bad for the kid,” Alou said, shaking his head.
“You know what the funny thing is?” he added a moment later. “I wouldn’t have caught it, anyway.”
Really? It only took Moises 3 1/2 years to come clean about the crapped-out catch.
We bet Steve is somewhere having a good laugh about it. So what’s a few years of hiding from the public and being the butt of national jokes?
To be fair, Bartman wasn’t part of the Cubs roster that let a 3-0 lead in the 8th inning of Game 6 turn into a 8-3 loss to the Marlins. And Steve wasn’t on the field when the Cubs also lost Game 7.
Still, it didn’t stop fans from placing Bartman with the billy goat and black cat into the annals of Cub curses. But now Alou says he wouldn’t have made the catch anyhow. So, is Steve officially off the hook?