When you think of the Cubs and the World Series, you think of the billy goat, the black cat, and Steve Bartman. I had no problem with people using the first two as a scapegoat for the Cubs misery, but I always thought the whole Bartman scenario was way outta line and frankly disgusting. It was outrageous because the play itself had no impact on the game, Alex Gonzalez cost the Marlins that game forgetting how to field a ground ball, of course he didn't catch any of the blame even though he was actually on the field, the quiet kid just trying to enjoy his favorite team was the one that sabotaged the Cubs chances of winning that game right. I really find it so ridiculous, I get very emotional about sports, I'll be the first to admit sometimes I take it way too seriously, but on that night alcohol mixed with misery ruined the life of a young man. Ruining his life may be a little extreme to say, Bartman is a smart kid with a good head on his shoulders so I'm sure he's doing fine now, he's apparently a very happy guy, but the guy is still scared to be in public, and still gets death threats 13 years later. I'm sure that'll end now that they won, but seriously death threats, you gotta be fucking kiddding me, what kind of a person would kill another person over a baseball game, I'll tell you, a clinically insane person. All the fans that threw trash at Bartman that night, that yelled profane comments towards him, that sent death threats to his door step don't deserve this World Series championship, as a matter of fact they don't deserve to enjoy sports because they ruined that for this poor guy. This guy went into hiding because he was scared for his life, you ruined his public image, all because he was a normal dude reaching to catch a baseball, let me tell ya there was about 10 other hands up around him, the ball just so happened to hit his hands. Bartman after years and years of suffering seems to be doing just fine, he doesn't speak publicly or do interviews with any people of the media, but his lawyer Frank Murtha does release statements on his behalf every once in awhile. Most recently after the Cubs won Murtha said "he was just overjoyed as all Cubs fans were" and he also said that Bartman would not be attending the parade. He won't be attending the parade for the same reason he doesn't do interviews or ESPN 30 for 30's he's a humble man that just wants to live a regular life. Bartman never asked to be the most recent face of Cubs failure, he didn't want the fame, he just wanted to be able to fit in with the crowd at a Cubs game, and you wouldn't even let him do that. He doesn't want to take the attention away from the team and what they accomplished, I respect the shit out of that, Bartman is a true fan, unlike all you drunk fuckers who decided to ruin a good man's public image that day. Now all those same fans who bashed him have the nerve to ask him to come to the parade and throw out opening pitches, Bartman never asked for that, all he wanted was to enjoy a Cubs baseball game in peace, and now he'll never be able to do that thanks to a sour fan base. Congratulations Cubs fans you finally got your World Series championship, doesn't change the fact that you as a fan base ruined the life of one of your own.