Catching Hell

Topics: Chicago Cubs, Baseball, Major League Baseball Pages: 2 (696 words) Published: February 5, 2013
Catching Hell
Baseball is a game where superstitions, curses, and “magic” live and thrive. A game where the so called baseball gods will haunt a team forever, where small notions and signs will scare a baseball player right out of his stir-ups. In baseball there is a team that just can never catch a break; cursed by the Billy Goat the team has not been able to win a World Series in over 100 years. This team known as the Loveable Losers a.k.a. Chicago Cubs on a cold night in October had their dreams ripped to shreds due to a fan and a questionable call.

It was October 14th, 2003 in game 6 of the National League Championship Series (NLCS). The Cubs were playing the Florida Marlins and were leading the series 3-2. The Cubs were 5 outs from going to the World Series when the play occurred. Mark Prior was pitching for the Cubs when the batter Luis Castillo hit a fly ball to the left field foul line. The ball carried to the left field wall next to the foul line. Moises Alou, the left fielder for the Cubs, ran to the wall and was ready to make a play on the ball. Then it occurred, Steve Bartman a young loyal cubs fan reached out and knocked the ball away from Moises Alou’s glove. The ball was then called foul and Luis Castillo would single on the next pitch. The umpire ruled that the ball was foul and that there was no fan interference by Bartman disturbing the play. This play was costly and turned the tide for the whole series, the Marlins came back to win game 6 and then eventually win game 7 and advance to the World Series, this judgment call is said to be the play that changed everything.

The rule concerning fan interference 3.16 states that any time that a fan reaches over the wall and makes contact with a ball and disrupts a play that the play will be called dead immediately and the batter will be called out. It also states that a fielder goes in at his own risk if a ball is going into the stands and that there is no fan interference if the ball is knocked...
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