Do you know if you can still sit in that seat? I am such a history/conspiracy buff that I would love to buy that ticket and watch a game in that view! I read somewhere that the actual Bartman seat was removed and a new one is there today.
That seat is there, though I dont believe, based on markings, thats its the actual same exact seat. When I was at Wrigley for 3 games in August 2006, there was a ton of stickers and other markings, like maybe made by people with keys, on the seat. Now, it shows no signs. So either it was replaced, or cleaned up and repainted. Not sure on that though.
As a part of baseball history, it was very cool to see. I also do not believe that Alou would have caught the ball and know that there was plenty of chances blown after that to stop that Marlin rally, but the Cubs were unable to. So, to me, to blame Bartman is just using him as the escape goat. You have to vilify someone and he was the one in this case.
I also agree. Alou wouldn't have caught the ball. Poor Bartman! I wonder if he will ever be able to go to another Major League Baseball game again in his life. What a bummer that would be- I really feel for him.
You guys must be kidding me?!?! Hell yeah Alou was going to catch that!!!! I know you want to give Bartman a break, but damn, he literally took an out away from the Cubs. Bartman didn't deserve the consequences, but Alou would have caught that ball. There is absolutely NO doubt about it.
Either way though, the real goat was Gonzalez. He booted the doubleplay ball immediately after. Or Prior, who ended up walking Castillo. Or current Cubbie Derek Lee, who doubled in the tying runs off Prior. Or Farnsworth, who gave up a 3-run triple to Mike Mordecai later in the inning. Or Kerry Wood, who f'd up game 7. Or let's face it, the Marlins were just a way better team than the Cubs.