Just when Chicago Cubs fans thought it couldn't get any worse...could we be seeing a Wrigley Field return of Steve Bartman? Check out this press release from RotoHog.com:
LOS ANGELES, CA, Oct 02, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- RotoHog ( www.RotoHog.com), a leading fantasy sports operator and software developer for major brands, professional sports leagues and media companies, announced a unique marketing initiative today with RazorGator, a leading company in the secondary ticket market, involving the Chicago Cubs playoff push and their lifelong fan Steve Bartman.
Nearly five years after his infamous incident in Game Six of the 2003 NLCS, RotoHog.com is giving Steve Bartman a second chance by offering Mr. Bartman $100,000 to show up and attend one of the Cubs' playoff games as the North Siders vie for their first World Series crown in 100 years.
Should Bartman decide to take RotoHog up on their offer to attend Game Five of the NLDS against the Dodgers at Wrigley Field on Tuesday, October 7 or NLCS Game One on Friday, October 10 in seats provided by RazorGator, RotoHog will up the ante and give Mr. Bartman $100,000.
"The world of sports took Steve Bartman's life away and now a fantasy sports company is trying to give it back," said RotoHog CEO Kelly Perdew. "The fallout that this Cubs fan had to endure over the past five years was unfortunate and RotoHog wants to ensure that this guy is appreciated for who he really is at heart...a sports fan."
Through RazorGator ( www.RazorGator.com), the industry-leading source for Hard-To-Get(SM) tickets, RotoHog has secured tickets for Bartman should he choose to attend the game.
"Ticket sales are driven by diehard sports fans and Steve Bartman was that for the Chicago Cubs," said Scott Roback, Vice President of Business Development for Razorgator. "We assume he is still cheering just as hard for the Cubs now and from what we're hearing from the team's fans, it is time for him to be welcomed back to the Cubs family.
"RotoHog turned to us because RazorGator is the ultimate destination for Hard-To-Get(SM) tickets. We wanted to be a part of this opportunity to help change the karma for the Cubs and Steve Bartman."
To support the initiative and make sure Mr. Bartman is received in a positive light, RotoHog.com will also be launching a Second Chance fantasy football league for other sports fans to participate in, as well as a "Forgive Bartman" Facebook application. The application is part of a series of social network initiatives designed to expand the presence of fantasy sports on MySpace, Facebook and other social networks around the world.
Now, all of this is based on the hopes that the Dodgers/Cubs series will indeed reach a Game Five (which isn't likely at all) but would Cubs fans be willing to give this guy another chance? Should Mr. Bartman DESERVE a Second Chance? If you were Steve...would you take the money and go risk your life at Wrigley Field!?