Anyway, I just read this write-up in the Sun-Times about it. Guess it's supposed to be pretty good, and pretty damning about the way most folks treated Steve Bartman (and other sports scapegoats, like Buckner). Reading the article reminded me about some of that stuff, and it's pretty painful and embarrassing to look back on. I'll admit, I'm really happy that I was out here on the West Coast when it happened, because it's likely that the mob mentality would have rubbed off on me, too. "Yar! Pitchforks!! Bartman!!!" You know what I mean.
Anyway, the article is here: http://bit.ly/nQ7Rd6
One thing that caught my eye:
[L]eft fielder Moises Alou says after missing the foul ball he knew something bad was going to happen — to the extent that he and teammate Aramis Ramirez had booked flights home to the Dominican Republic.
Apparently, after a little bit of further 'research' (I clicked a link), this part of the story was made public in late August, but I didn't hear about it then. I don't recall a BN post/bullet on it either, but it's possible that I missed something (I did a lot of long-weekend camping this summer). More on this 'revelation' can be found in a late August Sun-Times story (http://bit.ly/p26MOe).
I guess I just find it kinda funny that in all of the anti-Aramis scat that has been flung around here during this season that no one's mentioned this. Maybe it's old news -- bygones being bygones and all -- and no one cares about the actions of our former left fielder (and our soon-to-be-former 3B) but it dredges up more than a bit of pain from that October in 2003.
The 2003 Cubs were a really good team. I think they were a better team than the 97-win team of 2008 (we can have that argument later). We could have won the Series that year. Maybe we should have. But we didn't.
And to find out, eight years later, that two of our stars that year, 'had a bad feeling about' their chances in Game 7? A feeling that was so bad that they felt compelled to book their flights home one day earlier than the would have otherwise? It's messed up. It saddens me. I mean, I don't think that either of them came up to the plate during that last game thinking, "meh, fuckit, I gots a plane to catch," but to feel that the team's ultimate failure was likely, to be so resigned that they'd hedge their bets by booking tickets out of town? Damn, man. It hurts. Can you imagine if that news came out during the afternoon of Game 7?
Bah. This turned out much longer than I had intended it to. Damn. It's hard to get over. But, I'm much more likely to blame Aramis Ramirez now than Steve Bartman!