Number one has to be the Bartman incident, right? I still feel sorry for this guy. It must have been a magical time for the Chicago Cubs Nation in October 2003. A die-hard fan base that hasn’t seen their beloved team win the World Series since 1908.
It was all about to happen, they were on their way to the World Series. The Cubs were actually about to win the NLCS, at Wrigley Field no less, imagine the huge party about to break out.
It was the eighth inning of Game Six, the Cubs were up 3-0 in the game against the Florida Marlins while holding a 3 games to 2 series lead.
Then, Marlins’ second baseman Luis Castillo hit a foul ball into left field where Cubs outfielder Moises Alou gave chase for the potential second out catch. Several fans tried to catch the foul ball but one fan, Steve Bartman, touched the ball, which disrupted the possible Alou catch.
Alou yelled at Bartman, then it was all downhill from there. Instead of a possible second-out catch, the Cubs gave up eight runs in the inning. They lost the game, then the series. Cubs Nation credited this incident as the start of the downfall, the reason they lost the series.
Bartman, a die-hard Cubs fan had to be escorted out by security guards and had to go under police protection after his name and address were made public on MLB message boards. He was seen as Public Enemy No. 1 throughout Chicago and was the butt of plenty of jokes, especially on Saturday Night Live.
The Illinois governor at the time, Rod Blagojevich, suggested Bartman go into the witness protection program. It got so bad that Bartman offered a public apology and the Cubs offered this press release:
"The Chicago Cubs would like to thank our fans for their tremendous outpouring of support this year. We are very grateful. We would also like to remind everyone that games are decided by what happens on the playing field — not in the stands. It is inaccurate and unfair to suggest that an individual fan is responsible for the events that transpired in Game 6.
"He did what every fan who comes to the ballpark tries to do — catch a foul ball in the stands. That's one of the things that makes baseball the special sport that it is. This was an exciting season and we're looking forward to working towards an extended run of October baseball at Wrigley Field."