After spending the previous 14 years as a scapegoat, Steve Bartman can think about himself formally cleared.

The Chicago Cubs introduced Monday that they’re awarding Bartman a 2016 World Sequence Championship ring. It’s a peace providing of kinds, they mentioned.

“On behalf of all the Chicago Cubs group, we’re honored to current a 2016 World Sequence Championship Ring to Mr. Steve Bartman,” the staff mentioned in an announcement to HuffPost. “We hope this supplies closure on an unlucky chapter of the story that has perpetuated all through our quest to win a long-awaited World Sequence.”

“Whereas no gesture can absolutely elevate the general public burden he has endured for greater than a decade, we felt it was necessary Steve is aware of he has been and continues to be absolutely embraced by this group,” the assertion continued. “In any case he has sacrificed, we’re proud to acknowledge Steve Bartman with this present at this time.”


In October 2003, Bartman drew scorn ― and death threats ― from Cubs followers the world over after he reached for a foul ball from the stands in Wrigley Area throughout Recreation 6 of the Nationwide League Championship Sequence, tipping it from the outstretched glove of Cubs outfielder Moises Alou:

That second could be remembered as a turning level within the sequence, one which the rival Marlins seized upon to rally from a deficit and seize a spot within the World Sequence. Had the Cubs secured simply 5 extra outs, they might have progressed to their first World Sequence look since 1945.

Bartman, horrified, was ridiculed as having perpetuated the infamous Cubs “curse,” though an error by Cubs shortstop Alex Gonzalez in the end would have ended the inning anyway. CNN notes that Bartman, who works in finance, “all but vanished” after the incident, conserving a low public profile.

Following Monday’s announcement that the Cubs would give him a hoop worth around $70,000, Bartman emphasised ― as he did in 2003 ― that he’d actually simply choose to depart this all behind him.

”I’m relieved and hopeful that the saga of the 2003 foul ball incident surrounding my household and me is lastly over,” Bartman mentioned in an announcement forwarded to HuffPost by the Cubs.

“I humbly obtain the ring not solely as a logo of one of the historic achievements in sports activities, however as an necessary reminder for the way we must always deal with one another in at this time’s society,” he went on. “My hope is that all of us can be taught from my expertise to view sports activities as leisure and forestall harsh scapegoating, and to problem the media and opportunistic profiteers to conduct enterprise ethically by respecting private privateness rights and never exploit any particular person to advance their very own self-interest or financial achieve.”

Learn Bartman’s full assertion, under: 

Though I don’t think about myself worthy of such an honor, I’m deeply moved and sincerely grateful to obtain an official Chicago Cubs 2016 World Sequence Championship ringI’m absolutely conscious of the historic significance and respect the symbolism the ring represents on a number of ranges. My household and I’ll cherish it for generations. 

Most significant is the real outreach from the Ricketts household, on behalf of the Cubs group and followers, signifying to me that I’m welcomed again into the Cubs household and have their assist going ahead. I’m relieved and hopeful that the saga of the 2003 foul ball incident surrounding my household and me is lastly over.

I humbly obtain the ring not solely as a logo of one of the historic achievements in sports activities, however as an necessary reminder for the way we must always deal with one another in at this time’s society. My hope is that all of us can be taught from my expertise to view sports activities as leisure and forestall harsh scapegoating, and to problem the media and opportunistic profiteers to conduct enterprise ethically by respecting private privateness rights and never exploit any particular person to advance their very own self-interest or financial achieve.

Furthermore, I’m hopeful this ring gesture would be the begin of an necessary therapeutic and reconciliation course of for all concerned. To that finish, I request the media please respect my privateness, and the privateness of my household. I can’t take part in interviews or additional public statements presently.

Phrases alone can’t specific my heartfelt because of the Ricketts household, Crane Kenney, Theo Epstein, and all the Cubs group for this extraordinary present, and for offering the Metropolis of Chicago and Cubs followers in all places an unforgettable World Championship in 2016. I’m completely happy to be reunited with the Cubs household and positively transferring ahead with my life.