Theater Of The Absurd

Leave the poor guy alone

September 19, 2004

Last weekend at Wrigley Field, the Florida Marlins paid special tribute to Steve Bartman, the Chicago Cubs fan who interfered with a ball in play last postseason, helping the Marlins reach the World Series.

Marlins left fielder Miguel Cabrera managed to re-create the moment, when Moises Alou lofted a foul ball down the line in the second inning Sunday, painfully close to the spot where Bartman made his infamous reach.

Alou was the one who reacted so furiously when Bartman deflected the ball. This time, his foul ball floated into the grandstand, but Cabrera still slammed his glove down in mock disgust, drawing laughter and boos from the crowd.

"It was the funniest thing I've ever seen in my life," Marlins third baseman Mike Lowell said.

Florida pitcher Carl Pavano left four tickets in Bartman's name earlier in the series. And when the team moved across town to play at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday, the scoreboard flashed Bartman's picture when the Marlins' public address announcer reminded fans not to interfere with balls in play.

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