It seems that in America, everyone who has their 15 minutes of fame manages to get a little bit of green out of it. This is no matter how talentless or despicable they are - hell, Kato Kaelin is still on my TV! But that’s not how life worked for Steve Bartman. Five years after his infamous foul ball run-in with Moises Alou in Game 6 of the NLCS, the PALM BEACH POST says that Bartman’s life is shockingly similar to what it was before: still working at an international consulting firm and still living at home with his parents.
It would be harsh to speculate on why Bartman is still living at home, or about his dating life. But come on: it must be hell trying to get a date in Chicago if you are Steve Bartman. First dates are tough enough already - imagine trying to make awkward chit-chat with this horrible moment hanging over like a dark cloud. If you’re his date, do you just address it right away? “So, what was it like having mobs chase you around Chicago like you were Frankenstein’s monster and Moises Alou was a peasant girl by the river?”
And as the story notes, the hours right after the world was introduced to him were scary. Cubs security had to escort him not just out of the stadium, but had to protect him from an angry mob that tried to chase him through the streets of the North Side, which only ended when one of the security guards took him to her apartment to hide.
Once inside, the man thanked her and introduced himself: “I’m Steven.”
Then, Steve Bartman grabbed the remote control and watched replay after replay of a foul ball struck during the Chicago Cubs’ 8-3 loss to the Florida Marlins in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.
After a while, he looked up at the security officers and asked: “Did I really mess up the game?”
Since the initial hubbub has died down (the death threats and national mocking and all), Bartman has seemingly stayed remarkably centered. He turned down free perks offered by various business after the incident, instead donating them to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation in honor of Ron Santo. And he even turned down a chance to have dinner with Santo and Ernie Banks.
Bartman is apparently still a Cubs fan, although there is no word if he’s been back to game yet. But Cubs fans now seem to realize that a collapse by the defense and bullpen led to the Cubs’ downfall in Game 6 in 2003, not Bartman - and there was the matter of that Game 7 they still could have won. They are ready to forgive - except maybe for Moises Alou, but should we really listen to someone who pees on their hands?
Since he is still a fan, I can’t imagine he enjoyed the team’s playoff meltdown against the Dodgers, but as the NEW YORK TIMES notes, it had to be good to know that the team can screw things up just fine without him to blame.