I was watching one of the 11 million episodes of Sportscenter that air over the weekend, and they had a Top Plays dedicated to the Simpsons Movie(which is brilliant, by the way. Very funny movie.Go see it. I'll wait..Okay, I'm not really going to wait, but go see it first chance you get) and it was the Top Ten D'oh !! plays ever. I don't remember them all, but Larry Walker giving the fan the ball with only two outs, and the ball bouncing off Canseco's head over the fence were there. I'm here to talk a bit about what they had as Number 1: Bartman.
Now, I was actually living in Chicago at the time, and that collapse in that game was astounding. Simply astounding. But I think that pinning all the blame on that poor guy is ridiculous.
There are a couple of facts that people seem to conveniently overlook.
1.Bartman was one of MANY Cubs fans in that section trying to catch that ball. He was just the one unlucky enough to actually touch it. Watch the tape. it would be one thing if all the other fans sitting there had their hands in their laps, but they are ALL trying to catch the ball. Bartman was just the poor bastard who actually touched it.
2. Prior subsequently WALKED the batter(ball 4 was also a wild pitch, which allowed the runner already on base to go to third). It's not like the guy hit one out.
3. The Cubs had a 3 run lead. This was not the go ahead run or anything. He was a one out base runner.
4. Alex Gonzalez mad a MUCH larger error at shortstop a few batter later. the inning would have been over with one run in, but he booted a double play ball.
5. And last but not least, this was game 6. There was a game 7 that the Cubs also held a lead in and could not hold onto it.
Cubs fans(and most of the sporting world) really need to leave Bartman alone.This was simply a case of the Cubs not being good enough to finish off the Marlins.