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Steve Bartman not to blame, Moises Alou says five years later

I seem to recall Alou was hopping mad back in 2003. From the Chicago Tribune-

Any holdovers still blaming Steve Bartman should let the infamous Cubs fan off the hook, Moises Alou says.

The former Cubs left fielder, now with the Mets, said he wouldn’t have caught the now-infamous foul ball in the 2003 National League Championship Series that hit the heel of Bartman’s hand in the eighth inning of Game 6, prolonging an inning in which the Marlins later rallied for the lead.

“Everywhere I play, even now, people still yell, ‘Bartman! Bartman!’ I feel really bad,” Alou told the Associated Press. “You know what the funny thing is?” he added. “I wouldn’t have caught it anyway.”

The article went on to say Bartman is still in hiding today. If emotions are that high in Chicago, a great many people had a life.

Chicago blew the game, while Dusty sat on his hands while his starting pitcher that night got tired. Anyone remember the error by the Cub shortstop on a easy groundball? Blaming the loss on Bartman is as irrational as the Cardinals in 1985 blaming the first base umpire’s bad call for their loss.(Like with the Cubs, a fielding miscue happened soon afterwards. Jack Clark missing a pop up) Same sequence of events and an out made, both teams end up losing or at least getting tied. No scapegoats, the teams are to blame.

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