Where is Steve Bartman Now?

September 7, 2023

Thirteen years ago, Chicago Cubs diehard Steve Bartman came to symbolize the team's crushing defeat in the 2003 National League Championship Series. He became the scapegoat for the team's history of misfortune, enduring unimaginable scrutiny and ridicule after he inadvertently interfered with a foul ball during Game 6 of that series, costing the Cubs the game and a chance at breaking a curse that had been plaguing the club for 108 years. Since that infamous night, Bartman has retreated from the public eye, seeking solace and privacy away from the glare of constant attention and media scrutiny.

This ESPN 30 for 30 documentary offers new light on the infamous incident, including testimonies from fans that rubbed elbows with the fan that fateful evening and insightful confessionals from the announce crew that called the game, local news reporters who outed him to the public and security guards that escorted Bartman to safety as the situation escalated. The film also focuses on a little league team that Bartman coaches and the young players' support of their coach.

Bartman understands the fervor and passion that surrounds the Cubs, but he has no desire to relive his infamous moment in baseball history or become a focal point of attention once again. Instead, he quietly goes about his daily life and works for a financial firm. He is a devoted fan and cheers for the Cubs whenever he can, but he does not expect or want the public's pity, redemption or forgiveness.


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