Steve Bartman’s life is apparently to be forever linked to that damn foul ball. And I don’t know who is more burdened by it: Cubs fans or Bartman, himself.

Ok, it’s probably Bartman. But it’s still pretty annoying.

ESPN announced Wednesday that it has commissioned a one-hour documentary on Bartman, the Cubs fan whose attempt to catch a foul ball late in Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship series was cast as some kind of catalyst in the long-hamstrung team’s eventual collapse that year.

The revisiting of the Bartman incident and a look at its ugly legacy by Alex Gibney, writer-director of the Oscar-nominated “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” and the Academy Award-winning “Taxi to the Dark Side,” will be part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” series.

According to ESPN, Gibney will attempt to answer the question: Can Bartman ever forgive Chicago? Tower Ticker.

I suppose that’s more appropriate (or at least novel) than asking whether Chicago can ever forgive Bartman.

I’ve forgiven him, and I’m ready to move on. I recognize that it will always be a part of Cubs history, but that’s all it is now – history.

  • al

    bartman schmartman…if alex gonzalez fields that double play ball …we arent even talking about bartman…we should be hangin agon>>>>>!!!!!!!! here here

  • Mitchell Moore

    What ‘Al says’ is so true! Alex Gonzalez blew the game for the Cubs, definitely not Bartman…How AG escapes all these years relatively unblamed for his botch is amazing.

  • Mitchell Moore

    As for 2009, Lou-ney Pinella will be the culprit, based on his insistence of playing Bradley, who is woeful offensively and defensively. Yet, like Dusty, he has an abhorrence to playing young guys, like Jake Fox, who homered two straight games, but still Pinella sat him in the third game. Why sit a hot hitter? That can cool him off, though Jake the Rake came back and homered yesterday in the 9th for what should have been a Cubs victory. Fox has the best HR and RBI-per-at bat ratio on the Cubs, and has NOT been a defensive liability (which Bradley has been), yet Lou plays him infrequently. Not easy to hit when you don’t play regularly, but Fox still keeps hitting. Seems like Pinella is trying to set him up for failure, so he can send him down. He didn’t want to bring him up in the first place, when Fox was having the best minor league season in memory.

    • Ace

      Failing to bring up Jake Fox sooner, as you note, was the greatest crime of all.