The most vilified Chicago Cubs in history gets to share in the franchise’s most historic moment.
The team announced Monday it gave Steve Bartman a World Series ring. It even bears his name on the side. Bartman became the scapegoat during the 2003 NLCS. He tried to catch a foul ball. Instead, he deflected it from the outstretched arms of then Left Fielder Moises Alou.
Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said the gift is a way to close an unfortunate chapter in team history, as well as remind people to treat each other with respect.
Bartman released a statement. He said he’s not worthy of the ring. But, is grateful and deeply moved to have received one.