YOU MAY have heard it's been 63 years since the Cubs
went to the World Series. You also may have heard who prolonged the drought in
2003: lifelong fan Steve Bartman (above). With the Cubs five outs away from
winning the NLCS against Florida in Game 5, Chicago leftfielder Moises Alou
reached into the stands for a pop-up, and Bartman appeared to knock the ball
away. Given new life, Luis Castillo walked to spark a game-winning rally, and
the Cubs lost the series. Alou said Bartman interfered with him; Bartman heard
so much abuse in Chicago that he went into hiding. Last week, at last, he was
absolved. "Everywhere I play, even now, people still yell, ' Bartman!
Bartman!' I feel really bad," Alou, now with the Mets, told the AP.
"You know what the funny thing is? I wouldn't have caught it