Historical Events  TV
Steve Bartman

Cubs v Martins, October 2003

MMDE: Steve Bartman caught the ball

Current: Steve Bartman did not catch the ball

Some people remember in 2003 Steve Bartman caught a ball that was still in play, ruining the game for the Chicago cubs. They recall he had to be escorted by police out of the stadium and remember he got a lot of threats. People at the time questioned whether he kept the ball.

The problem is now they find he never caught the ball, but instead deflected it from the catcher's glove while trying to catch it, causing it to be a foul ball. This is so strange to them because they remember hearing a lot about it when it happened and talking about it with others. They are sure he caught it.

Right place, right time?

The controversy at the time was that Steve Bartman was just a spectator in the exact spot the ball was sent to in the crowd, and whether his actions directly influenced the eventual outcome of the game is still being debated today.