Has The Curse Been Reversed? Chicago Cubs Get First Post-Season Victory in 12 Years
The Cubs haven't been to the World Series since 1945 and haven't won a World Series since 1908.
Could this be the year the infamous “Bartman Curse” is finally lifted?
Back in 2003, Cubs fan Steve Bartman reached for a foul ball, knocking it away from the glove of Cubs outfielder Moises Alou.
The cubs were winning 3-2 and were one inning away from the next round of the playoffs. But ater Bartman knocked that ball away, they collapsed, losing the game 9-3 and leaving their championship dreams crushed.
Bartman was blamed for the loss and was escorted from Wrigley Field by security and became the city’s public enemy No. 1. After the incident, he received death threats and the police had to guard his house.
In an attempt to break the curse, in 2004, restaurant owner Grant DePorter bought the Bartman ball for $114,000 and blew it up in his restaurant.
Before their big victory against the Pirates, the remains of the ball and the glove of Alou have been reunited in order to help the curse get reversed and let their beloved Cubs advance deeper into the post-season.
FINALLY! What’s left of the “Bartman ball” and Moises Alou’s glove together...as it should have been in 2003! pic.twitter.com/eLya0UErzJ— Lauren Petty (@LaurenPettyNBC) October 7, 2015
Meanwhile, Steve Bartman remained in hiding. He's never spoken about that night and reportedly hasn’t been back to Wrigley Field since that awful night.
But most Cubs fans are ready to forgive and forget.
In 2011, Reporter Wayne Drehs caught up with Bartman in the parking garage of his office building.
He told recounted the meeting to ESPN and said: “On behalf of Cubs fans I said: ‘I’m sorry.’ He said ‘I appreciate that.’”
Some fans started a GoFundMe account to get the exiled fan back to the ballpark and raised $3,735. He politely declined.
On Wednesday night a Bartman impersonator showed up to try to rattle the Cubs but it didn't work. The Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0.
And there's one more good omen for the cursed Chicago team. In Back To The Future 2, the Cubs win the World Series in 2015 when Michael J. Fox’s character Marty McFly enters the future.
So it's looking good for the Cubs - and Steve Bartman may finally be off the hook.