Castillo hit a pop foul towards Bartman’s seat.
The Aftermath is the stuff of legends.
Bartman’s mistake very well could have cost the Cubs their chance to win the World Series. The Crowd booed the earphoned man. Following Bartman’s intervention, Castillo drew a walk, Ivan Rodriguez singled to drive in a run and Alex Gonzalez misfielded a routine ground ball. The Chicago Cubs and Florida Marlins were playing Game 6 of the National League Champioinship Series. The Cubs argued for an interference call but the umpires ruled that ther ball was in the stands and therefore no fan interference. Alou slammed his glove down in disgust and shouted at Bartman. Cubs left fielder Moises Alou drifted over to catch the foul ball. The next night, the Marlins won the series and went on to win the World Series.
It was October 14, 2003. The reasons: Bartman.. In all, the Marlins scored 8 runs in that fateful eighth inning and went on to win the game.
As for Bartman, he was led away from Wrigley Field by security (for his own safety). Some say Bartman is a continuation of the Curse of the Billy Goat allegedly laid on the Cubs after Billy Sianis and his pet goat were ejected from Wrigley Field during the 1945 World Series. Cubs fans shouted obsenities and threw debris on the field and at Bartman. However, the Cubs ended up losing the game and went on to lose the deciding game of the NLCS the next night. The Cubs were only five outs from winning the game and playing in the World Series for the first time since 1945. Florida Governor Jeb Bush offered Bartman asylum. The police protected his home for weeks. The Cubs have not been as close since.
Steve Bartman was sitting in the front row along the left field corner wall behind the bullpen. Bartman knocked the ball away. When Alou reached up with his glove, Bartman reached out to try to catch the ball