Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bartman Revisited

ESPN Films is back tonight at 8:00 with a new documentary on the infamous 2003 NLCS Game 6 between the Cubs and Marlins. This was the "Bartman Game," when lifelong Cubs fan Steve Bartman's interference with Moises Alou's attempt to catch a foul ball in the 8th innning preceeded a historic collapse by the Cubs and a continued painful wait to reach the World Series for the first time since 1945.

The Marlins had an impressive lineup and the Cubs' pretty much mailed it in after the play (Moises Alou even made plane reservations home before Game 7), but Bartman was the scapegoat because his hands were the ones lucky enough to reach the ball. He's basically been in hiding ever since that night. It was a sad study on human behavior.

If this is anything like ESPN Films' previous work, it should be some good TV.

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