July 31, 2017

Cubs Give Steve Bartman a World Series Ring: The Chicago Cubs gave a World Series ring today to Steve Bartman. "While no gesture can fully lift the public burden he has endured for more than a decade, we felt it was important Steve knows he has been and continues to be fully embraced by this organization. After all he has sacrificed, we are proud to recognize Steve Bartman with this gift today," owner Tom Ricketts said. Bartman responded with gratitude and said, "I am relieved and hopeful that the saga of the 2003 foul ball incident surrounding my family and me is finally over."

posted by rcade to baseball at 02:27 PM - 13 comments

I love Bartman for his continued refusal to seek publicity or money off his infamy. Even in this great move by the Cubs, all we get is a statement.

posted by rcade at 02:34 PM on July 31, 2017

Good for the Cubs for doing this and excellent for Bartman for receiving it and it making him happy.

posted by NoMich at 03:31 PM on July 31, 2017

Moises to followers: the red "C" has been Barted.

posted by beaverboard at 04:19 PM on July 31, 2017

Damn it, Cubs, stop making me like you so much.

posted by Joey Michaels at 03:13 PM on August 01, 2017

If Steve Goodman were still alive, they would have to consider giving him one.

posted by beaverboard at 09:09 AM on August 02, 2017

If Steve Goodman were still alive, they would have to consider giving him one.

That Cubs song is truly horrible.

We moved a couple of weeks ago to a house 4 or 5 blocks from Wrigley. Far enough away to largely avoid the drunk bros. But close enough that the other day when I was outside grilling, I could hear the cheer of the crowd for a home run (pretty cool) but also the fans in the stadium singing that infernal song at the conclusion of the game (awful).

The way the Cubs have been trending, could make for a pretty long summer into early fall.

posted by holden at 06:12 PM on August 02, 2017

Goodman wrote at least two Cubs songs...

posted by beaverboard at 07:34 PM on August 02, 2017

It's "Go Cubs Go" that grates. Even if I were a Cubs fan and not a Cardinals fan, I would hate that song.

posted by holden at 09:12 PM on August 02, 2017

Can we arrange a trade for "Sweet Caroline"? Perhaps we can get another club involved and "Meet the Mets" could be a throw-in.

posted by Howard_T at 09:36 PM on August 02, 2017

Whoever gets "Sweet Caroline" can they make sure they have an exclusive usage or high per-use-cost clause associated with it, PLEASE?

The local college football teams plays it between the 3rd and 4th quarters and I would be happy to never hear it ever again on a Saturday afternoon.

posted by prof at 10:14 AM on August 03, 2017

You think hearing "Sweet Caroline" on Saturday afternoon is bad? My wife uses it as her ring tone. Aaaaaarrrrggghhhh!!!

posted by Howard_T at 11:13 AM on August 03, 2017

posted by Howard_T at 11:13 AM on August 03, 2017

I was at a relative's 80th birthday at a banquet facility. She was in great health at the time and ready to party all night. Open bar at sunset, grandsons with laptops doing DJ duty.

Around 10, the staff switched to cash bar status to finish out the night. A half hour later, an announcement came from the DJ's. "OK Grandma, this is the moment!" Out come the pink Sox hats and she and her fellow elders got right into a conga line as Sweet Caroline began blasting through the room.

I headed directly for the bar. The bartenders saw me coming. I started fumbling in my pocket for some money, and they waved me off and handed me a large comp beverage. "No worries, sir. We understand."

posted by beaverboard at 01:20 PM on August 03, 2017

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