Steve Bartman Offered 25K.. I need to change professions!

According to the Chicago Sun Times, ” A sports collectors Web site and a memorabilia convention are offering $25,000 for a single autograph to Steve Bartman — the infamous Cubs fan known for knocking a foul ball away from Moises Alou during game 6 of the Cubs’ National League Championship Series game against the Florida Marlins.

According to the Web site “All he has to do is show up on Thursday July 31, 2008 at 1:00 PM, prove that he is the Steve Bartman pictured in this photo, sign the photo and the $25,000 is his.”

If he agrees, the site states that the autograph will be auctioned and the proceeds will be donated to a local charity.”

Steve Bartman

Steve Bartman

I remember it like it was yesterday, Mark Prior was pitching a three-hit shutout for the Chicago Cubs in the eighth inning. For the Marlins, Luis Castillo was batting, with one out and Juan Pierre standing on second base. The Chicago Cubs were leading the game 3-0, leading the series three games to two, and were five outs away from reaching the World Seriesfor the first time since 1945and attempting to win it for the first time since 1908.

Bartman was sitting in the front row along the left field corner wall behind the bullpen when a pop foul off the bat of Castillo drifted toward his seat. Cubs left fielder Moises Alou ran over to attempt a catch, reaching up into the seating area, but Bartman, who was watching the ball and not the fielder (like a few other fans next to him), got to the ball first and appeared to knock it away from Alou. Alou slammed his glove down in frustration and was seen shouting in Bartman’s direction. The Cubs argued for an interference call, but umpire Mike Everitt ruled that there was no fan interference.

After it happened, Bartman had to be led away from the park under escort for his own safety, as Cubs fans shouted profanities towards him and others threw debris onto the field and towards the exit tunnel from the field. News footage of the game showed him surrounded by security as passersby pelted him with drinks and other debris.

NOW, he’s being offered $25,000. Is it worth it? Will Cubs fans be anxiously waiting for him to show up? Am I giving people ideas that they hadn’t thought of before? Steve is kinda like the groundhog to me right now.. will get to take a peek on July 31st?? Only time will tell!!

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