Cubs Most Notorious Fan Steve Bartman Receives Championship Ring
Who can forget Steve Bartman and the backlash he faced during the 2003 playoffs. Bartman has been known as the man who stole the Cubs chance to play in the 2003 World Series. But now it’s 2017 and Cubs owner Tom Ricketts has extended an olive branch giving Bartman his very own championship ring.
After 14 years of exclusion and isolation Bartman released a statement about how glad he was that he is being “welcomed back into the Cubs family” and that the foul ball incident surrounding him and his family is finally over. Bartman was made the scapegoat for the Cubs losing Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series playoffs when he interfered with a foul ball. Maybe now with a World Championship under their belt we can all leave Bartman and his family alone.
Bartman released this statement:
“Although I do not consider myself worthy of such an honor, I am deeply moved and sincerely grateful to receive an official Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Championship ring. I am fully aware of the historical significance and appreciate the symbolism the ring represents on multiple levels. My family and I will cherish it for generations. Most meaningful is the genuine outreach from the Ricketts family, on behalf of the Cubs organization and fans, signifying to me that I am welcomed back into the Cubs family and have their support going forward. I am relieved and hopeful that the saga of the 2003 foul ball incident surrounding my family and me is finally over.
I humbly receive the ring not only as a symbol of one of the most historic achievements in sports, but as an important reminder for how we should treat each other in today’s society. My hope is that we all can learn from my experience to view sports as entertainment and prevent harsh scapegoating, and to challenge the media and opportunistic profiteers to conduct business ethically by respecting personal privacy rights and not exploit any individual to advance their own self-interest or economic gain.
Moreover, I am hopeful this ring gesture will be the start of an important healing and reconciliation process for all involved. To that end, I request the media please respect my privacy, and the privacy of my family. I will not participate in interviews or further public statements at this time.
Words alone cannot express my heartfelt thanks to the Ricketts family, Crane Kenney, Theo Epstein, and the entire
Cubs organization for this extraordinary gift, and for providing the City of Chicago and Cubs fans everywhere an
unforgettable World Championship in 2016. I am happy to be reunited with the Cubs family and positively moving
forward with my life.”