The Chicago Cubs‘ first World Series championship in 108 years brought a collective joy to the team’s fan base Wednesday night, including perhaps the most infamous among them, Steve Bartman, according to Frank Murtha, a lawyer who has served as his spokesman.
“He was just overjoyed that the Cubs won, as all the Cubs fans are,” Murtha told USA Today Sports on Thursday.
Bartman was vilified in Chicago for a failed attempt to catch a foul ball during Game 6 of the 2003 NL Championship Series between the Cubs and Florida Marlins, a game the Cubs went on to lose.
He has not granted any interviews since the 2003 incident.
Murtha told USA Today Sports that Bartman still lives and works in the Chicago area, but would not make an appearance at the Cubs’ victory parade Friday.
“We don’t intend to crash the parade,” Murtha said. “The one thing that Steve and I did talk about was if the Cubs were to win, he did not want to be a distraction to the accomplishments of the players and the organization.”
Steve Bartman ‘overjoyed,’ won’t be at Cubs’ parade, spokesman says – ESPN