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Did Members Of The Cubs Mail It In After Bartman Incident?

Although it’s been almost eight years, Cubs fans will soon get to relive one of their most difficult moments in recent memory. ESPN is releasing a documentary entitled “Catching Hell”, which is about the Game 6 eighth inning collapse in the 2003 NLCS against the Florida Marlins.

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The documentarty interviews members of the 2003 Cubs squad including Moises Alou who was involved in the infamous “Bartman Play”. Alou told director Alex Gibney that he booked a flight home after that game. Alou added that he along with other players had a bad feeling about the next game.

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So let me get this straight. You suffer a tough loss at home which only evened the series and you still have one game left at home to make the World Series and yet you spend the next day making your travel arrangements to go home for the season?

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I’m sure this documentary will be filled with examples of how this game showed the Cubs are cursed, and blame Bartman for doing something any fan in his same position would have done.

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What it won’t mention is probably the fact that even without Bartman’s interference Alou would have had a difficult time catching that ball. This isn’t Torii Hunter or Ken Griffey, Jr we’re talking about. Maybe a veteran like Alou should have spent the next day deciding how to rebound from a tough loss instead of what kind of meal he wanted on his flight home.