Dear Cubs Enthusiasts: “Don’t Blame Steve”




Print This Post

Navin Vaswani is a replacement-level writer. Follow him on Twitter.


Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
dockmarm
Guest
dockmarm
4 years 2 months ago

Dear Navin Vaswani:

We don’t. We blame Alex Gonzalez, mostly. Jim Hendry, occasionally. Todd Hundley sometimes.

Corey Patterson.

Tim Bernier
Guest
Tim Bernier
4 years 2 months ago

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.

dockmarm
Guest
dockmarm
4 years 2 months ago

Truth.

Also, Dusty Baker.

danny woytek
Member
danny woytek
4 years 2 months ago

This is great but I prefer my Serengeti more nostalgic and celebratory.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqrtoFWglMY

Chicago’s “It Was a Good Day”!

steex
Member
steex
4 years 2 months ago

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.

bear90
Member
bear90
4 years 2 months ago

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.

Jeff
Guest
Jeff
4 years 2 months ago

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.

James Gentile
Member
4 years 2 months ago

Blame Mickey Morandini.

debater12
Member
debater12
4 years 2 months ago

The mustachioned kid makes that video go from good to great

olethros
Guest
olethros
4 years 2 months ago

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.

James Gentile
Member
4 years 2 months ago

Blame:

Randall Simon
Eric Karros
# 8 (Alex Gonzalez)
21 (Sammy Sosa)
Wayne Messmer
D. Lee
Farnsworth
Assenmacher
Jeff Pico
Damon Berryhill
Lloyd Mclendon
Bob Brenly
Candy Maldanado
Roger Craig
Kevin Tapani
Mickey Morandini
Phil K. Wrigley
Scott Servais
Alan Embree
Gallaraga
Ryan Klesko
Steve Stone
Grudzielanek
Dan Roan
Salazar
Gary Scott

Don’t Blame:

Steve

wpDiscuz