I Hope God is Wrapping His Arms Around Steve Bartman Right Now

Alex Gibney’s film Catching Hell, the story of Steve Bartman, the Cubs fan who Chicago used as a scapegoat for their World Series woes in 2003, aired tonight on ESPN. I’m sure everybody is going to see it, so there’s no point in going into some dissertation about the piece. It was very informative and well put together. However, after watching, I’m just sad. I feel this empty void in my heart after watching it… like it’s that empty spot that Bartman must have for the city of Chicago. This poor guy. He’s still in hiding somewhere. When I heard this special was coming on, I just figured he’d finally come out of the shadows to talk about that fateful night. Nope. He’s been offered hundreds of thousands of dollars to reveal himself and sit down for an interview. Nothing. I feel so bad for him, I just want to give him a big hug and never let go. Seriously, this dude needs to feel the love of the world, and shame on of the city of Chicago for what you put that poor kid through. Honestly, made me kinda hate Chicago, a city I’ve always enjoyed. I know they feel guilty now and all that, but man, what they’ve done to this kid and his life. I just feel horrible about it. Not even kidding, if you believe in God, say a little prayer for Bartman tonight. Pray that he and his family can find the same peace that Bill Buckner has found after the 1986 Mets World Series. The airing of this film is probably just making Bartman relive his nightmare over and over. Poor guy.

-bp

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