by Navin Vaswani - April 3, 2012
I have to agree with Serengeti. Nobody hurts more than Bartman.
H/T: Gapers Block. Their Tumblr account, in particular.
Dear Navin Vaswani:
We don’t. We blame Alex Gonzalez, mostly. Jim Hendry, occasionally. Todd Hundley sometimes.
I came to leave almost the exact same comment. Just because ESPN talks about Steve Bartman and billy goats doesn’t mean real Cubs fans believe that garbage. The national media loves to talk about breaking “curses”. Cubs fans just want a World Series, and never mention a curse.
Also, Dusty Baker.
I, too, will blame Corey Patterson. Out of solidarity.
This is great but I prefer my Serengeti more nostalgic and celebratory.
Chicago’s “It Was a Good Day”!
I’m not a Cubs fan, but I blame Moises Alou. If he’d just urinated on his hands a little extra for the special game, the fans would’ve been too disgusted to go after the ball and risk contact with him.
I am a Cubs fan and I actually DO blame Moises, because of the ridiculous snit-fit he threw immediately after the Bartman incident.
He should have calmly returned to his position like a man who knew his team would win despite a minor setback. I still believe that his tantrum, if anything, is what awakened the ghost of the curse.
Sadly, I am still not over this.
In that situation, I think I’d have had a little fit, just like Moises did.
If I was any less hip, my a$$ would fall off*, so I had not heard of Serengeti before now. Thanks for this post and to Danny Woytek for the link. “Favorite actor: Dennehy/Favorite drink: O’Douls” … classic.
Caveat: I am a Cubs fan.
Since 2003, things have really changed. Since the 2004 off season, 100% of the Bartman comments I hear (and I still hear them to this day) consists of razzing from White Sox and Cardinals fans.
100% of the Cubs fans that I know who are not nitwits who regularly call in to AM 670 (“The Score!”) quickly developed both sympathy and empathy for Mr. Bartman.
Granted, a reasonably high number of Cubs fans are nitwits, but it is not a much greater percentage than fans of many other franchises. Yes, I’m looking at you, Philadelphia.
Alex S. Gonzalez gets a lot of the blame around here. Dude had one of the surest double-play moves in the NL in 2003. Couldn’t he have botched an extra double-play ball or two in the regular season, nail it down in the playoffs?! Sigh.
In my opinion, Dusty Baker did too little. He could have calmed the angry crowd, Alou, the rest of the Cubs, and especially the pitcher — God rest the soul of Mark Prior’s playing career. A time out, maybe even a word or two on the PA, and everybody would just focus and maybe bounce back. Instead of showing leadership, Dusty just kept gnawing at that toothpick like a beefy woodchuck. Ugh.
Still, the Cubs still had a Game 7 in that series with Kerry Wood taking the hill.
By the way, I have always hated Josh Becket since this series.
*Douglas Adams. Respect.
This was my first Serengeti experience, too. I think it’s a fantastic track.
Thanks for the comment. So many what ifs.
Blame Mickey Morandini.
Best line of the track.
The mustachioned kid makes that video go from good to great
Speaking as a Cardinals fan who watched that game in the company of Cubs fans, and rooted for the Cubs during that series, the only razzing from Sox/Cards fans I’ve heard related to that incident involves making fun of Cubs fans for blaming some poor schmuck in the stands for Gonzalez and Prior collectively grabbing their dicks and shitting themselves. There are Cubs fans of my acquaintance who view the incident rationally, but there are far more who to this day blame Bartman. The man had to leave town, for fuck’s sake.
# 8 (Alex Gonzalez)
21 (Sammy Sosa)
Phil K. Wrigley